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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.

 

DIYs, Dressmaking & sewing, Featured

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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Crafting ideas, DIYs, Featured

Autumn sewing plans

October 22, 2017

The title of this post could alternatively be ‘A Pinterest wishlist’. I’m seriously on that site most days, coveting the many beautiful clothing and crafting ideas. I’ve got plenty of sewing ideas of what to make in the upcoming months. The only problem is whittling them down to what I’m actually going to make and wear.

Here’s a list of things I’m (hopefully) planning to make fairly soon.

Tartan dresses

Autumn sewing plans And She Made

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My love for tartan is reignited around mid September and I’m like a woman obsessed with tracking down all that the high street has to offer. I already have a plan to make a tartan smock dress like the Sudley, having seen the best fabric (that I sadly didn’t pick up) at the GBSB Live a few weeks ago. I can imagine quite a few in varying colours!

Autumnal florals

Autumn sewing plans And She Made

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Autumn sewing plans And She Made

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There’s something special about wearing warming florals in the colder weather. Never one to give up my florals whether or not it’s sunny, I’m planning on a fair few midi skirts in burgundy and navy floral fabric, next to a few dresses of course. I love wearing florals with brogues and thick black tights at this time of year. I’ve already blogged about one here.

Pretty lacy tops

Autumn sewing plans And She Made

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I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect lacy top to wear with thicker cord skirts and denim pinafores this coming season but so far, I haven’t found it. The one above is a simple yet stunning wear and I’m thinking of making something similar but still need to hunt down the perfect sewing pattern. Any ideas?

Cute collars

Autumn sewing plans And She Made

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I just love the idea of pairing a shirt with a sweet embroidered collar with the thickest of jumpers this autumn. I’ve found a number of tutorials and inspiration online so this is one I’ll probably personalise. Perhaps I’ll even make a Rosa shirt to embroider?

What are your seasonal sewing plans? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Featured, Vintage hunting

Working with vintage patterns

August 27, 2017
Working with vintage patterns And She Made

I’ve got a couple of vintage patterns in my stash. I’ve picked a few up on my travels around craft fairs and charity shops, been given some by friends or family members and most recently sought some out on Ebay. The above two, for example, were Ebay finds.

The great thing about using vintage patterns is how cheap they are – usually around £2/3 plus postage on top. But it’s important to know what you’re looking for and check the measurements. The pattern may say a certain size but with vintage it’s best to size up at least one size as vintage sizes are significantly smaller than our modern counterparts.

The first one I picked up was a suggested buy I think (Ebay knew I was on the lookout for vintage patterns) and it was soon in my shopping basket. I have all the heart eyes for the back of the dress too. It has no zips or buttons! I’ve actually made this one up in a Liberty fabric but it needs a few adjustments before I show it off.

After missing out on another vintage pinafore pattern, the second one – this sweet 70s number – came up on my feed and I couldn’t stop thinking about its pinafore style. This one was uncut, slightly too small and a bit pricier than the first one, but I eventually caved in and bought it and I’m glad I did. I made sure to adjust the skirt slightly on this one (it’s a 70s size 12 but the measurements were more like a modern 8) and it’s one I again have yet to show off, but will soon be on the blog.

And vintage need not mean an old pattern either. Some of the big four companies have reproduced some of their vintage patterns, like the below dress which was originally a 90s pattern I think. I’ve gone on about my love for the New Look 6866 many times before and now I have four different versions including this purple beauty and one I made in fabric that looks like it belongs in the 90s.

Have you worked with any vintage patterns lately? Which are your favourites?
Working with vintage patterns And She Made