Sunday, October 7, 2018

Join me for a 1940 McCall Sewalong!

I'm so excited to be hosting a sewalong using one of my 1940 McCall patterns!  This is McCall 3863 a ladies' and misses' dress with two different skirt-lengths and short, middle or long sleeves!  There's so many variations you can make with this dress including leaving the bows off, or bows only on the upper bodice, etc.  It would be a great holiday and/or new year's dress.  I'm very lucky to be co-hosting this sewalong with my good friend Rachael (@ms.carnivale) on instagram and she has started a facebook group for the sewalong.

There's a group of ladies in Edinburgh who will be making this pattern together--so we will have lots of in-person but also online support and we will share our in-person learning with all of you as well!  So whether you are a seasoned sewist or a newbie--why not join us?

I'm happy to say that Margot over at Lady Marlowe patterns on Etsy has graciously graded this pattern up to a bust size 44' for the paper pattern (link for the paper pattern) or you can purchase the instant download that you print at home in the size Bust 32 here!!  You can order the paper pattern or a download version of the pattern over at her website. And she is offering 15% off for sewalong participants! Just use code Debi15 at checkout!!

The sewalong will take place over the next two and a half months--so plenty of time to go at your own pace.  I'll be posting content over that time (and Rachael will also be co-blogging and checking in with our facebook group). But here's the blogging schedule:

15-21 October: About the pattern

22-28 October: Choosing fabric and trim

29 October - 4 November: Testing the fit: Making a muslin or fitting the paper pattern

5-11 November: Working on fitting issues

12-18 November: Cutting out your fashion fabric

19-25 November: Constructing the bodice

3-9 December: Attaching bodice to skirt and inserting the zipper

10-16 December: Constructing and setting sleeves

17-23 December: Hemming and finishing

24-3 December: Finishing up your dress + photo parade of finished dresses

Hope you will join us!! Should be fun!!!


  1. Having a beastly time getting past Recaptcha. There may be others....

  2. Okay! I can visualize the dress in black crepe. Long sleeves, long skirt, and maybe skip the bow. Think Barbara Stanwyck in one of her sexy/sinister roles.


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