That Swoon-Worthy McCall’s Gown, New Video, Another Discussion Topic, and More

McCall's Archive Collection 1930s'era gown. M7154

Here’s a Friday roundup of things to know and me asking you a bunch of questions:

1) We released the McCall’s summer collection this week, and not surprisingly, M7154 was the crowd favorite. Isn’t it stunning? It really captures the essence of late 1920s to early 1930s glamour. I’m doing the same thing many of you said you were going to do: Add this to my pattern collection, just to have.

If you are going to sew this pattern, you’ll want to head over to Pinterest where I just added this photo here and a few more detail photos of this gown:

McCall's Archive Collection M7154 vintage gown pattern reissue,

2) Have you seen our new video series? It’s called Fashion Sewing & You, and we partnered with Jennifer Wiese of Workroom Social in Brooklyn to make these videos. In each, Jen takes a McCall’s pattern and shows you how to make stylish, fashion-designer hacks to it. Here’s the latest video in the series, “Sewing With Bias Tape to Create Design Interest”:

3) Do you want a McCall’s coloring book? So you clearly welcomed the “coloring book” we just did for the latest Vogue Patterns collection. Should we do a similar-type PDF for the new McCall’s summer collection? Tell us in the comments if you’d download a McCall’s PDF coloring book too.

4) Do you quilt too? If you follow us on Instagram (and you should if you don’t!) you might know that I’ve recently gotten into quilting. I started taking quilting classes about six months ago when I was in a bad karma rut with all the clothes (i.e., wadders) I was sewing for myself. Having always believed quilting was something I’d take up when I was much older, I was happily surprised to find that I really like it. Designing my own quilt patterns and thinking about color interplay forces the gray matter to think in new ways. Plus, to be a beginner in something is a little bit…exhilarating! (And this all has me considering what it’s like to be a beginner sewer, which explains the recent beginner-oriented posts here.)

Quilt made by Meg Carter of the McCall Pattern Company
My first quilt EVER! Made it about six months ago.

But here’s what I want to know: Can you be a quilter AND a fashion sewer? Or do most people end up taking sides. Do quilters ever dabble in fashion sewing, I wonder, or is the thought of fitting a garment as overwhelming for them as designing a quilt is for me? Leave me a comment here and let me know if you quilt and sew garments, or know any quilters who also make clothes.

I'm so inspired by Jessica's Alabama Chanin version of V9022. Love it!
I’m so inspired by Jessica’s Alabama Chanin version of V9022. Love it!

5) One last thing: Alabama Chanin. I’ve long been an admirer of Natalie Chanin, and she’s a big fan of our patterns. After seeing some really cool Alabama Chanin-style makes in the blogosphere, like Jessica’s dress (right) and Laura Mae’s retro suit, I am itching to make my own AC piece. Maybe something along the lines of this coat, but less labor-intensive. I smell a summer project!

Have a great weekend!

Goodies For You: A Pattern Coloring Book & New Vogue Patterns Detail Photos

New Vogue Patterns detail photos on Pinterest, plus PDF coloring book of 10 new patternsHappy Friday! This weekend I plan on making major progress on a denim jacket I’m sewing. I’ll share more details with you when it’s done, because right now I’m in that “I’m either gonna love it or hate it” phase of this project.

In the meantime, have you read all the buzz about coloring books for adults? Of course it got us thinking about doing some kind of pattern coloring book…I mean, there’s so many possibilities with our incredible archives. But hmmm, what if we did something on a smaller scale that you, our customers, might find both useful and fun?

Introducing our Summer Vogue Patterns mini coloring book! We chose 10 new summer patterns and created a “coloring book” of high-res pattern line art. You can print this PDF and then doodle and color the patterns, or you can plan and sketch your sewing ideas on the pattern illustrations.

Vogue Patterns coloring book PDF
Please do not judge my terrible coloring skills. I’m a better sewer than I am a colorer-inner.

To download our Summer Vogue Patterns coloring book, please enter your email below. You’ll receive a confirmation message on the page and the link to download the PDF will appear just below it.

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If you like this coloring book idea and find it useful and/or fun, let us know and we’ll consider doing coloring books with pattern illustrations from future collections of Vogue Patterns, Butterick and McCall’s. (For this mini coloring book test, we limited the illustrations to 10 of the new patterns getting the most buzz in social media since the release on Tuesday; apologies if your favorite isn’t included in it.)

The second treat for you is that I just uploaded a batch of detail photos of the new designer Vogue Patterns to Pinterest. You’ve told us how helpful you find these close-up photos when you’re sewing these patterns, so we’re happy to oblige you. Click on this widget below to go to the board:

Follow The McCall Pattern Company’s board Detail Photos: Vogue Patterns on Pinterest.

What other things can we do to help you out with sewing our patterns? Suggestions welcome!

Don’t forget to enter our “Style a Celeb” Instagram contest! You only have a few more days left. Read all the contest details here. We are loving the entries we’ve seen so far!


Free coloring book PDF from Vogue Patterns

Sneak Peek at 3 New Summer Vogue Patterns

Coming soon: new Summer Vogue Patterns! Normally we don’t do things like sneak peeks, but I know you guys like it when we give you at least a little tease of what’s in the pipeline. This is all I can share for now: a partial glimpse of three dress patterns in the summer collection. These are soooo perfect for weddings, graduations, outdoor parties and other events on your calendar this summer:

Rebecca Taylor sundress pattern for Vogue Patterns. V1446
Rebecca Taylor for Vogue Patterns. If you’re looking for a super-feminine sundress with beautiful details, this pattern is it. Perfect wedding guest and summer party dress.
Pamella Roland for Vogue Patterns dress. V1445
Pamella Roland for Vogue Patterns. A sophisticated shift dress with a funnel neck, cutaway shoulders, and a high-low hem. We show it in a bright yellow faille.
DKNY dress for Vogue Patterns. V1444
DKNY for Vogue Patterns. We love the asymmetrical details on this bodice. You can colorblock like DKNY does, or you could make the straps and the skirt from the same fabric as the bodice.

The Vogue Patterns summer collection contains dresses, tops, skirts, pants, a jumpsuit, and more, and it will all be available online and in stores very soon. Watch your emails from us!