Tag Archive: McCall’s

Moonstone in the Sunshine – McCalls 7242

Sometimes you just need to revisit a pattern because you love it so much the first time.  A McCalls 7242, a viscose shirtdress. Continue reading

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New Pattern Roundup for October 2017

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re well into fall. In some places, that has meant significantly cooler temperatures, whereas in others, they’re having extended summer weather. It’s kind of fitting, then, that the month of October saw a wide variety of different pattern releases–I feel like there’s something for everyone in this batch. Blank Slate…

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Completed: Eyeball McCall’s 7351

Did I ever tell you guys about how much I love shirtdresses? Hi. I love shirtdresses. I don’t know what it is that appeals to me so much about this style of garment – but, as you WELL know, I also love me some collared shirts, too (or, rather, maybe just that particular pattern lolz […]

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New Pattern Roundup for September 2017

Wow, we have a TON of new patterns to go through in this post!  Not surprisingly, after a typically slow summer, patternmakers have been on fire with new releases for fall (or spring/summer if you live in the Southern Hemisphere). I’ll keep this intro short, as this post is nearly already twice as long as…

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New Pattern Roundup for July 2017

July was a somewhat slow month for pattern releases. Like the rest of us, pattern designers also go on vacation, and I’ve heard anecdotally from some designers that summer tends to be a slow time for pattern sales. In any case, we did get a handful of new releases, including some nice dress patterns. Colette…

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The Culottes Jumpsuit!

This is a bit of a Marmite-type project – you either love it or you hate it!  It’s definitely a departure from my usual style, and a bit out of my comfort zone.  I haven’t worn it out in public yet, so at the moment I’m not sure about it.  I think I like it!  You […]

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The Culottes Jumpsuit!

This is a bit of a Marmite-type project – you either love it or you hate it!  It’s definitely a departure from my usual style, and a bit out of my comfort zone.  I haven’t worn it out in public yet, so at the moment I’m not sure about it.  I think I like it!  You […]

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Sea of Silk

Look – photographic evidence that sometimes, just sometimes, the sun does shine in all its glory here. More blue and I really mean true, royal, luscious, rich, deep, drown-in, indulgent blue crepe de chine. Thank you very much to those … Continue reading

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New Pattern Roundup for May 2017

The month of May is now in the books, and in the northern hemisphere, we are headed into summer. May’s new pattern releases are a clear indication of this, too. Let’s take a look! Blank Slate – Austin Tee Spring weather has finally hit Seattle, and I’ve been seeing tie-bottom tees everywhere since temperatures warmed….

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New Pattern Roundup for May 2017

The month of May is now in the books, and in the northern hemisphere, we are headed into summer. May’s new pattern releases are a clear indication of this, too. Let’s take a look! Blank Slate – Austin Tee Spring weather has finally hit Seattle, and I’ve been seeing tie-bottom tees everywhere since temperatures warmed….

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The Vogue Cocktail Hour Sew-Along! – Floral Brocade V1537

Today it’s my turn to share with you the outfit I’ve made for the Vogue Cocktail Hour Social Sew-Along in aid of The Eve Appeal! I really enjoyed taking part in their Big Vintage Sew-Along last year and am delighted to be one of the bloggers spreading …

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Fabric Store recommendation and review of McCalls 7094 top

Where do you buy fabric? The web has opened up every possibility to us all, and I’m like many of you – jumping from one site to another because you saw a great fabric on an IG or blog post. I’m sure a lot of us are disillusioned with the chain fabric s…

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Two summer shirtdresses: M6891

I was definitely not kidding when I said I tend to sew up a pattern twice!  Since I made this two dresses just days apart, I thought I would post them together 🙂

The pattern is McCall’s M6891.  It’s a good, classic shirtdress style with a convertible collar and pockets.  I love the full skirt, waistline seam, and ungathered back (why do designers do that??). Since it’s a Palmer and

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Pattern Review: McCall’s 7573

Hi there, I’m so excited to share with you McCalls 7573! This is the year of the sleeve, and I really love this sleeve! I’m channeling my inner Texan with the mix of boots and denim. I love this light weight gauze, it makes this top so feminine and cool. I was concerned that all the…

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Sloper Series – How to Start

Ever look at a pattern and think, “I wish that came in my size!”? Or maybe you’ve made several muslins of a pattern only to find it still doesn’t work for your body? Want to design your own patterns? These are all situations where using a sloper could be the answer to achieving a better fit with less frustration! Today,…

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McCalls 7538 knit top with diagonal seaming

When I buy new patterns for knit tops or t-shirts the number one criterion for the purchase is that the pattern has to have something distinctive. It needs some detail that makes me want to sew it and wear it. A plain tee is just not going to catch my …

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New Pattern Roundup for February 2017

Are you ready for spring yet? We still have the occasional snow flurry in our long-term forecast here in Seattle, even though temperatures have pretty steadily been in the high 40’s/low 50’s lately. I’m generally a huge fan of the fairly mild weather that we have in the Pacific Northwest, but I’ll admit that I’m…

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Plaid wool voile top

For years, every time I went to my local fabric shop, I looked longingly at this vintage red plaid wool voile fabric (I think I’m the only person that buys anything in that part of the store, so stuff lasts a while!). Last week, I finally just bought it!  I’m not sure what drew me to this fabric–red is not a color I wear very often, but something grabbed me, so I finished the bolt with a bit

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New Pattern Roundup for December

2016 is thankfully finally almost over! As is typical for this time of year, we had fewer pattern releases around the holidays than we do in most other months. In our monthly roundup for December, we’ll look at some of the more notable new releases. Dreamstress – Wonder Unders: Knickers, Singlet, and Slip I wasn’t…

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Pattern Review: McCall’s 7429

Pattern Description: McCall’s 7429 is a close-fitting pullover dress has front twist detail at waist and neckline variations. A, C: Sleeveless. A, D: Mock-neck collar. B: Long sleeves. D: Short sleeves. Note: No provisions provided for above waist adjustment. Pattern Sizing and Other Info: The patterns comes in sizes 6-22. There are no finished measurements on…

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A New Pinafore and the Joy of Finding Eggs

I’ll never forgot how excited my kids were on the day they discovered one of our chickens had finally laid an egg.  After months of waiting, it actually happened!

A friend told me later that each of our chicken’s eggs would continue to bring joy. I wasn’t so sure.  I assumed the kids would get used to it after a few weeks, that it would lose its luster.

I’m both surprised and happy to report that I was wrong.  So far, six months later, all five of our kids still love finding eggs!  Just this morning Indigo walked in with a smile on her face, cupping an egg in her hands and said, “Mom, it’s still warm!  It’s the best feeling, especially on a cold day!”

Our three youngest girls are particularly thrilled about finding eggs.  They go out several times a day to peek inside the coop to check for new ones.  And when they find one – every time – they exclaim, “An egg! An egg!”

 This enthusiasm combined with eager little hands has resulted in our fair share of broken eggs!

 no eggs this time!

While I was taking these photos,  Iris discovered an egg in one of our flower pots.  We have six chickens, but only average about 2 eggs a day.  We’re pretty sure based on the color of the eggs we are getting (and more importantly, not getting) that two of our chickens are laying outside of our coop. However outside of finding an occasional egg here or there, we have yet to discover where those places might be.

While the ongoing Easter egg hunt brings its own kind of excitement, for practical purposes, it would be pretty awesome if they all laid their eggs in their coop.  😀

I made Iris another vintage McCall’s (6673) pinafore and another Flashback Skinny tee.  This time I made the pinafore in Kaufman’s Brussels Washer Linen, which is a linen-rayon blend and so very lovely.  And I paired it with a Kaufman knit – Speckle in Natural.

a pocket for her egg!  🙂

Last time I blogged about this pinafore pattern, I mentioned that Iris took a particular liking to it.  I wasn’t sure if she liked the floral fabric or if she just liked pinafores.

It turns out, it’s the latter.  She loves this one just as much as the last one.  She wore it for at least three days in a row! And I let her because Dan, Jude and I came down with a terrible upper respiratory infection last weekend.  It felt like it could be influenza with fevers, chills, aches and a terrible cough but the flu test was negative.

Jude missed performing in his children’s chorus winter concert at our city’s performing arts center.  He was so disappointed.  Dan and I were too sick to attend to see Indigo in the performance.   It has been one of the highlights of our holiday season each year and we were so sad to miss it. Indigo said she had a great time singing, but then got teary afterward and said it just wasn’t the same without us there. 💔

We hadn’t been sick like that in years, though, so I am grateful for that, even if the timing was pretty awful.

It reminded me to share some delicious and easy chicken soup recipes that we love.  First, this slow cooker chicken tortilla soup has been a fall staple around here.  I use one chipotle pepper (two are delicious but make it too spicy for my kids), fewer tomatoes, and add 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika.  My kids love it, too!

Then we discovered this chicken-gnocchi soup recipe while we were sick.   Everyone loved it and we didn’t have any left over.  We used butter instead of olive oil and left out the spinach because we didn’t have any.   It was the ultimate comfort food.

I hope your December has been happy and healthy!  Have you discovered any good recipes lately?

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Vintage McCalls 6673

I’ll never know why my girls develop an affinity for a particular pattern that I sew.Their favorites aren’t always predictable.  This summer Iris and Tia wore their Hummingbird dresses every chance they had.  One of Iris’ all-time favorites w…

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A/W ’16 Burgundy

All this fabric was bought in July and is only being sewn up now, but then again it was always intended for this autumn/winter’s wardrobe, so I suppose it’s timely. For once there was a little bit of forward planning … Continue reading

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New Pattern Roundup for October

Hello, readers! This month, we’re kicking off a new feature for the Curvy Sewing Collective–a monthly roundup of interesting new patterns that have been released in the past month. We see a lot of interest on the Facebook post in new pattern announcements, so hopefully these monthly roundups will provide an at-a-glance look at what’s…

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Day by Day

Many of you comment how productive I am on the sewing front. I really appreciate each and every comment but I’ve never seen myself as being a quick sewer or producing a lot. If I don’t reply to individual comments … Continue reading

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Pattern Review: McCall’s M7421 (Misses’ Rey Costume – from Star Wars)

Good morning readers! With Halloween around the corner, I’ll be departing slightly from our usual types of pattern reviews of everyday separates and dresses and am posting a review of a current Big 4 costume pattern: McCall’s 7421, which is their interpretation of Rey’s costume from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A little background on…

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Dress McCalls M7469 Nicole Miller

This pattern from Nicole Miller for Mccalls ( M7469 )  was love at first sight for me. I loved all the seams in the front, the pockets, the fact that you can make it in a cozy knit . This is my wearable muslin because in the next one I will alter …

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August Wrap-Up and…The ‘Elephant’ In the Room

This was a good month!! It started out very quiet and mojo-less. I knocked out my FM project the first weekend of the month knowing the next 2 weekends would be occupied. I was so excited to sew the border print sateen and then the almost finished skir…

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An Oldie But Goodie…McCall’s 6886

I really like the fit on this pattern and it’s versatility. I have yet to make the v-neck version – one day. I’ve made this 3 times and whenever I finish one I think “I should make another one!” :)This pattern has 124 reviews on Pattern Review, some of…

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June Wrap-Up and Midyear Check-in

Err. This is an epic post of epicness…Don’t say I didn’t I warn you.This month I sewed 10 1/4 yards:Style Arc Cara top in floral cotton (lawn?): 1 yardBurda 05/2016 #113 dress-as-nightshirt in floral knit and striped/patterned knit: 3 yards totalBurd…

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