McCall's Early Fall 2016 Patterns

McCall's has just released their early Fall 2016 patterns and I think they have several winners. Most of the are pretty basic and look like many other patterns I've seen, but these are a few that jumped out at me...


Just gorgeous vintage style. I'm in love with the fabric choices here and all the little details. From their website:Pullover dress has semi-fitted bodice, side zipper closing, skirt with front and back pleats, self-belt and contrast neckbands. A: Short sleeves with contrast band. B: Long sleeves with cuff and placket.Circa 1943I love the delicate pleats of the skirt, the gathering at the yoke and the pretty collar. It even has little notches taken out that are hard to see in these fabrics. While I'm absolutely in love with this dress I don't think it would be super practical. Although, I guess if you lose the gloves and vintage styling it automatically looks a little more contemporary. 


McCall's is jumping on the boho 70s trend! I am totally ok with that as I've purchased 3 (!) wide legged flare jeans in the last few weeks. Don't worry, they're all in different washes so they look totally different! I swear ;)Again, they chose a great print and fabric for this dress. It actually looks like it may be from the same fabric line as the previous dress. Amazing how it suits both time periods so well, even though they're such different looks. From their website:Pullover dresses have elastic seamed waist, sleeve and length variations. A: Front bodice lace-up with two-part eyelets and trumpet sleeves. B: Purchased lace and bishop sleeves. C:Purchased piping and flared sleeves with ruffled band. D: Sleeveless and floor-length. C, D: Notch neckline.I really like the way the yoke has a piping option as well as a lace-up option. I'm not really a lace-up kinda girl but it looks great on the model. There are several sleeve options, as well. The bishop sleeves are probably most to my taste. Another thing I like about this dress is that it has a gathered waist. I see a lot of boho shift dresses with no waist definition. While that looks nice on less curvy women, I really need all the waist definition I can get. This dress pattern could easily be changed into a shirt pattern and that's awesome, too. 


I'm a little less enthused by this pattern. I like the nice draping effect in the front, but the high neckline looks weird to me (especially the mock turtleneck version, wtf). I'm also worried that the draping would potentially draw all focus to the tummy area in a bad way. It could be really pretty, though, on the right person. From their website: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. 


Not a bad shirt pattern. I actually like the pussy bow version of this one better, but the photo has these weird black lace inserts that are just ugh. Definitely has potential, though, and a good pattern to show off a pretty fabric. Is it just me, or are there some fitting issues going on here?Loose-fitting tops have long sleeves, collar variations, front pleats, and narrow hem. A, D, C: Collar extending into tie ends. B: Back neck hook & eye closure and stand-up collar. C, D: Bishop sleeves with button cuffs. A: Flared sleeves. B: Cuffed sleeves. 


YES. This whole outfit is one big yes. That galaxy print fabric is so amazing. I feel like the sewing world needs more galaxy print and also athletic wear. There are definitely some good pattern options out there, but a girl always needs more! Actually, I've never even sewn an athletic wear garment, BUT THIS MIGHT BE THE PATTERN TO START WITH.Maybe. If I can face my fear of sewing lycra. Anyway, love the seam lines, love the color-blocking options. I have to say, though, not a fan of the jacket. Maybe it's the fabric, but it looks a little too...Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century to me.For reference:Anywho, this is the info on their website:Loose-fitting jacket has stand-up collar, separating zipper and shaped hemline. Wrong side of fabric will show. Close-fitting tops and tunic have side seam panels, shaped upper front, elasticized neck and armholes, racerback straps, narrow hems. Close-fitting leggings have shaped front and back contrast. F: Pocket at hip. All have stitched hems. There are plenty more Fall 2016 patterns, but none of them were really doin' it for me. Definitely check them out, though!

2015 Fall Sewing Plan

After seeing Lladybird's sewing room tour and her brilliant corkboard with line drawings of patterns matched up with fabric I decided to do something similar to plan my fall/winter wardrobe. Also, I have a cart full of fabric from and I needed to actually figure out what I would use it all for and how much I needed to buy.As I was copying/pasting the fabric swatches into a document I began to notice some color trends:[responsive]Fall_2015_SewingPlan-1[/responsive]So we're looking at plum, blush pink, coral, camel, dark teal, turquoise (of course), soft royal blue and navy blue. Looking pretty good for fall! Darker, desaturated colors but not completely boring. I think planning like this is really going to help me break out of my usual color choices.The next step was taking all my fabric choices and figuring out which patterns would work for them. I tried (and succeeded!) to only use patterns I already own. A little photoshopping, laying them out in Illustrator and ta-da! The 2015 Fall/Winter collection has emerged:[responsive]Fall_2015_SewingPlan-3[/responsive]1. Fabric  |  Pattern2. Fabric  |  Inspiration  |  Pattern3. Fabric  |  Pattern4. Fabric  |  Pattern5. Fabric  |  Pattern  (camel wool already purchased)[responsive]Fall_2015_SewingPlan-2[/responsive]1. Fabric  |  Fabric  |  Fabric  |  Pattern2. Fabric  |  Pattern3. Fabric  |  Pattern4. Pattern  (fabric already purchased)5. Fabric  |  Fabric  |  Pattern The breakdown:1 Wool Jacket1 Ponte Blazer1 Button Down Shirt5 (!) Dresses1 Zip Up Hoodie1 Pair Stretchy Pants3 Jersey Tees (2 long sleeve, 1 mid) It does seem like a lot of dresses, but I love how easily they transition from summer > fall > winter (with tights). Some of them also feature long sleeves and should work well for cooler weather.I don't have any pants on the list other than some comfy sweat pants but I do have denim to make another pair of Gingers if I feel so inclined. My jeans stock is already pretty full, though, so I don't really need another pair. I also have some fabric set aside for a quick summer tank top with some pink floral rayon challis, an open front sweater with some gray slub knit and a sleeveless button down tank top with some yellow patterned cotton. So...we'll call those projects "end-of-summer" plans.Also, Brad wants a shirt. I hilariously miscut the pattern and fabric pieces for Brad's shirt assuming he would be the smallest size. I had him try on the pieces once the front and back were joined and I might as well have made it for a child. No idea why I didn't measure him first to check. A serious brain fart moment.This seems like a daunting list, but I'm excited to tackle it! On to the sewing machine...