Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mccall's summer patterns!

Hello everyone!

I was so excited to see New Look patterns yesterday, so imagine my excitement when I went to Mccall's site and saw new Mccall's summer patterns up!!!  Okay, now most of you know by now that I am a pattern peruser, and am draw to the new collections whenever they come out.  With that said, with the kind of classic style I consider myself to possess, I am more drawn to Mccall's and New Look than a lot of the other pattern companies out there.  I do see things from pattern companies other than these two that strike my fancy, but Mccalls and New Look seem to capture the essence of my style more often than not.  So, that is the reason I was so pleased to see Mccall's patterns today!

Let me start by saying I immediately noticed this pattern:

Mccall's 6354

I think it is cute, and I like the top with the border print accent, as well as the dress.  But what intrigued me even further is that this pattern is from Make by Diana Rupp.  When I read that I kept racking my brain thinking, "Where do I know that name from?"  And then it came to me!  I know that name from my favorite sewing book ever, or should I say one of the first books I ever picked up when I started sewing:

I am not sure if any of you are familiar with this book, but I still think it is one of the best sewing-related books I have ever read!  I love Diana Rupp's writing style, it is very straight to the point, and easy to follow.  So, yes, I want to see more patterns from Ms. Diana Rupp!  There was only one on the website, but I hope she has more to come.

Moving on, what would it be like to sew one dress that you could wear mutiple ways?  Yes, Butterick introduced this version, and now Mccalls has their own:

Mccall's 6353

 The concept is the same, but the design varies in that Mccall's version is a halter top.  Both versions look easy to make, and though I usually don't like wearing things with a learning curve involved, a lot of the looks are promising.
Mccall's 6351

Now I really love the M6351!  The orange dress with the close-fitting bodice and trim outline is my favorite part of the dress.  Well, wait, no, the back is also my favorite!  It has a very summer feel.  The pink dress is also nice, especially the bow detail on the back.  However, I just don't like the pouf factor.

Mccall's 6352

Now M6352 is one that I find fascinating because of all the detailing on the skirt.  It looks like it is hard to do, especially the back, but this pattern is labeled "easy."  I want to try this one just to see what I would come up with!

As far as tops go, M6356 stuck out to me:

Mccall's 6356
I am a fan of the flower accent on the blue top (of course).

Mccall's 6359
I also like the variation of tops for M6359.  I particularly like the gray/black combo, and orange one in the middle.  The far right one is cute, I am just not sure about how the wings of fabric will look on my body type.  Honestly, sometimes all I want is a simple top with some appeal that I can sew as a wardrobe staple.  This is a good one for that.

So, in all, there are a lot of good summer patterns for Mccalls.  If you are interested in taking a look at their whole collection, see here.  Or, if you want to view their lookbook online, see here.
Stay sew-filled!


  1. I love those styles, especially the dresses that you can make or wear in many ways. Speaking of great sewing inspiration, have you checked out yet? Great stuff!

  2. Thanks for the referral Miss Sews-it-all! I checked out the website, and it is pretty neat!

  3. Thanks for highlighting these. I love the racerback tank top. I'll have to get a hold of that pattern too!


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