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Let’s talk about the new McCalls pattern collection

March 17, 2018
McCalls spring 2018 sewing patterns

With a huge selection of indie pattern companies out there nowadays, offering so much in the way of sewing, it’s easy to forget the big four. Yesterday, while scrolling Instagram, I noticed that McCalls had released their new pattern collection – and it’s as excellent as you might think.

McCalls have really upped their game with this collection. The lookbook is full of inspirational summer makes and I can imagine it’ll be popular in the sewing world.

From sweet summer tops to a pair of jeans you’ll want to make straightaway, here are my top picks from the collection:

The summer dress:

McCalls spring 2018 sewing patterns

This one has all that you’ll need for a summer dress. A simple, yet flattering shape, the M7740 has hidden details and flowing sleeves. Plus, who doesn’t love a cut-out back? With two options to choose from, this would be perfect in a lilac or periwinkle blue. Or perhaps all the colours of the rainbow?

McCalls spring 2018 sewing patterns

And this version’s back details are so on-trend for the summer. Making the bows in contrasting colours could be fun too, don’t you think?

The babydoll top:

McCalls spring 2018 sewing patterns

What a summery babydoll-esque feel this top (the M7752) has? A sweet floral print cotton lawn would really make this pattern stand out and I can imagine this paired with jeans for those days where you just want to go casual.

The hidden detail playsuit:

McCalls spring 2018 sewing patterns

This playsuit combines everything I love about summer – a floral print, culotte trousers and cut-out detail perfect for balmy days.

The M7756 is flowy and the perfect vibe for a festival, plus one option even comes with bell sleeves if you want more detailing. I’m imagining this in a large print floral viscose fabric.

The Mom jeans:

McCalls spring 2018 sewing patterns

When I first saw these pop up on my feed, I knew that this pattern (the M7754) was my jeans pattern. I love the shape of these (it’s the perfect Mom jeans shape) and they’re cropped too. And I am definitely loving that scallop waist detail! I’d love to make a classic pair in indigo denim but I’m thinking a lilac or pale pink cotton would make an ideal second pair.

What do you think of the new McCalls patterns? See more of the collection here.

 

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Sewing plans for spring

March 3, 2018
And She Made spring sewing plans

I know it doesn’t quite feel like it’ll soon be spring when there is still snow on the ground and it’s been a bit of a trek getting into work each day, but the new season is coming and I’m so excited for it.

I just love this time of year. There’s still a freshness in the air and the daffodils are beginning to bloom (albeit later with all the snow). So what better way to celebrate the changing seasons than by planning my spring makes?

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A bomber jacket win

February 22, 2018
And She Made bomber jacket

This DIY isn’t my usual style, I have to admit, but sometimes stretching ourselves to make something out of our comfort zones is what sewing is all about, am I right?

For this make, I used a pattern from Prima magazine from last year (and available here if you want to buy it). I’d had it cut out for quite a while and finally got round to making it a few weeks ago when I was briefly reunited with my sewing machine. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and it’s so warm too. A win all round!

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Tartan Sudley

February 12, 2018
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When winter comes along, I immediate associate the season with tartan and plaids and these past few months have been no different.

While home at Christmas, I decided to make a dress for the festivities and decided on another smock dress to add to my ever growing collection.

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Mellow yellow

January 20, 2018
Mellow yellow skirt And She Made

Here’s a make I made way back in the summer that I just plain forgot about. But, with spring fast approaching, I thought it was a good idea to get this one back out.

I spoke about my love for all things mustard here, but I’d actually made this one by then and put it away in the colder months.

It’s the Prima skirt pattern I love so much, made with a thinner waistband (because who needs a thick waistband?), in leftover fabric from a Cleo pinafore I made my Mum earlier last year.

I just love the versatility of this pattern. I’ve used the pattern many times now and each time it looks like a different skirt.

The fabric is a stretch cotton denim from Ebay, also used here and here, but in a different colour way. I love its bright hue and it kind of reminds me of daffodils and spring and all those lovely things.

What do you think? Do you ever use magazine sewing patterns? I’d love to know.

Mellow yellow skirt And She Made