Butterick B6203 Sundress in Downtown NYC. Plus, Fringe Time!

Butterick sundress sewing pattern B6203, photographed in downtown NYC. From the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Butterick sundress sewing pattern B6203, photographed in downtown NYC. From the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Butterick sundress sewing pattern B6203, photographed in downtown NYC. From the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Butterick sundress sewing pattern B6203, photographed in downtown NYC. From the McCall Pattern Company blog.

When we were looking for dresses for Karen to wear for this photo shoot we almost said no to this new Butterick B6203 pattern. On the hanger it looked pretty…though a little plain. But then when Karen put it on and we paired it with the belt and shoes, we did a 180. It’s so cute, right?!

The great thing about this pattern is that it comes in multiple cup sizes, which will help you get a slim fit in the bodice area. And if you don’t like the skirt with tiered layers you can make it without. Comes with a cap sleeve version as well.

Butterick dress pattern B6203 comes in different views. The perfect sundress.

For fabrics, a lightweight cotton sateen with some Lycra would be cute and comfortable. Florals are big this spring and summer, or try a tropical print. Ooh, maybe a gingham? Make it in red check to match your barbecue tablecloth. (Just kidding, but maybe not, could be kinda fun.) Keep your fabric choice on the lightweight side, unless you’re going for a retro poufiness with your skirt.

Do you like these on-location photo shoots? We had fun doing them. We were able to get Karen (the model shown here who is actually our associate art director) to do one more of these shoots before her other duties claimed her, darn it. Maybe we can do some more when the fall patterns are out. Stay tuned!

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Another Fashion Sewing & You video is here! Jennifer of Workroom Social produced these creative videos with McCall’s and they’re all about inspiring you to think like a fashion designer with the patterns you sew. The latest video is perfect for the ’70s fashion trend we’re experiencing now:

Speaking of fringe, check out this very groovy pattern I found in a 1971 McCall’s catalog:
Fringed vest pattern from a 1971 McCall's catalog. From the McCall Pattern Company archives.
That guy’s mustache reminds me of Roger Sterling, so pardon me while I weep about Mad Men ending. Did you watch the finale? I’m going to miss the clothes from that show as much as I’ll miss the characters. Personally I liked seasons 6 and 7 best for the clothes, when styles loosened up a bit. Which season of the show had your favorite looks?

 

Friday Goodies For You: Mother’s Day Vintage Print From Our Archives

Happy Mother's Day from the McCall Pattern Company

Here’s my idea of the perfect Mother’s Day: Sleep as late as I want, and awake to beautiful weather. Get out of bed to find that fairies have come during the night and magically loaded all the dishes left in the sink into the dishwasher and put the pillows back on the sofa just the way I like them. Also discover that I have lost 10 pounds while asleep! Family is up, dressed and cheerful, ready to escort me to brunch at the nice restaurant they so smartly booked weeks ago. Come home, take the dog for a long walk, and then spend the rest of the day sewing to my heart’s content, with occasional interruptions from my husband and kids to tell me how much they adore me.

Um, yeah…. I do know that my family members have remembered this Sunday is Mother’s Day, so they get bonus points just for that. At any rate, we have a Mother’s Day treat for you! We searched through our archives for a mother-and-child illustration and found this beautiful image from the cover of a 1924 Vogue Patterns Book:

Low-res jpg of 1924 Vogue Patterns Book cover illustration. Visit the McCall Pattern blog to download a free 8x10 print of this.

To download a free 8×10 high-resolution print of this image, just enter your email address below. You’ll receive a confirmation message on the page and the link to download the PDF will appear just below it. No watermark appears on the print. Enjoy!

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In case you missed it, there’s another new video this week in our fashion sewing series with Workroom Social. This one is about quilting to give the fashions you sew that designer touch. I love to quilt and keep meaning to incorporate more of it into the garments I sew. Check it out:

Lots more coming your way: We’ll be doing a coloring book PDF for the new Summer Butterick collection, plus we’ll look at ’70s style—everything old is new again. Have a great Mother’s Day weekend!

Friday Goodies: New McCall’s Coloring Book, Sewing Video & More

McCall Pattern Company blog post 5-1-15Happy Friday and the 1st of May! Because you responded so well to the Vogue Patterns mini “coloring book” we offered recently, we decided to try a McCall’s coloring book. This one features 10 of the most talked-about new patterns from the Summer 2015 collection, plus one girls’ pattern from the Sew Zoey collection.

To download our Summer McCall’s coloring book, just enter your email address below. You’ll receive a confirmation message on the page and the link to download the PDF will appear just below it. Enjoy!


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New fashion sewing video from McCall’s and Workroom Social: Have you caught our Fashion Sewing & You video series? This third video in the series explores how to use sheer fabrics, like chiffon, to add interest to your sewing patterns. It’s all about being your own fashion designer.

Random stuff for your perusal:

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  • Me-Made-May 2015 starts today! Are you participating? This is the annual challenge for us sewers to wear one of our own home-sewn garments every day this month. Read this article in The Guardian last year that explains the concept. (And don’t forget to tag us if you post a #mmmay15 outfit that’s made from one of our patterns.) Today I’m wearing a now-OOP Vogue Patterns jacket I made in a  Carolina Herrera silvery metallic brocade. (If you guessed I have a thing for brocade fabrics you’d be entirely right.)
  •  Nancy Zieman is hosting a sewalong for her new McCall’s pattern M7152. What a great opportunity to sew along with a sewing legend.
  • A newsletter I actually look forward to seeing in my inbox is Abby Glassenberg’s  of While She Naps. Every Wednesday she sends out a “neat newsletter with business and blogging tips, sewing techniques, and a round-up of links worth clicking.” Always interesting and clickable stuff.
  • We just wrapped our 2015 summer collections video! Coming soon…
Filming the McCall Pattern Company  summer 2015 collections video.
Not sure why Carlos has that surprised look and Karen is laughing here, but filming our collections videos is always a lot of fun.

Happy sewing this weekend! Back next week with more stuff for you.

 

Free "coloring book" PDF from McCall's featuring 11 new patterns to play fashion designer with.