Pattern Haul #1: McCall’s

In a previous post, I talked about a trip to Hancock to pick out McCall’s patterns on sale for $1.49 each. If you were wondering what I actually ended up bringing home, well, ponder no more! Here’s a look at what I chose, and a few ideas I had for each one.


Top Row

M6359 – I thought this top was designed for knits, but I was looking at it again once I got home and realized it’s intended for wovens. I think it will work equally well for both, and it has the potential to become a TNT pattern for summer tops.

M6754 – I have two dresses from Express very similar to the pink one on the envelope, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to perfect the fit of this style and make it up in other colors/prints.

M6173 – I love wearing leggings to lounge in so much that I’ve worn holes in the two pairs I own, but I can’t bring myself to go to the mall to replace them. These are definitely going to be a staple for me.

M6084 – I’m always cold, so I depend on cardigans like these to get me through the over-air-conditioned summer months.

M5400 – As an adult I’ve found I’m not much of a beachgoer (I prefer the mountains and fall weather), but I still look forward to getting a new swimsuit in the summer. I’d like to try my hand at making my own since everyone swears how easy it is, and I’m betting a trip to the beach is more fun when you’re sporting handmade suit.

Bottom Row

M7084 – I think Mary of Idle Fancy must be rubbing off on me, because all I could think was “Who doesn’t need a classic shirtdress pattern?”

M7156 – This is another pattern designed for wovens that I think could work equally well with knits, á la Gertie‘s Butterick 6031, which she featured in her slip sew-along. In a woven like a rayon challis it would make a breezy summer dress; in a sliny jersey it could be a cute nightgown. I’m even kind of interested in trying out the romper version. (I know, I’ve lost my mind.)

M6887 – Full disclosure, I bought this one to participate in the Outfit Along 2015, which I’ll talk about more later this week. So my reasoning was entirely governed by peer pressure (but the good kind!).

M7116 – This is arguably my favorite of the bunch, because it’s just so darn versatile. I like all four variations, I think it will work fabulously in both wovens and knits, and all of them could be hacked shorter to make tops/tunics. Eight patterns in one package? Yes please.

M7117 – I’ve got at least one wedding to attend on the horizon, and I’d like to make my ensemble when the time comes, so it felt like a good investment to snap up a pretty party dress pattern.

Which of these do you like best? Do you have a different favorite McCall’s pattern that I should put on my radar for the next sale?

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