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Yellow Dress Challenge: Interview with Vogue Patternmaker, Carlos Correa

How are your Yellow Dress Challenge dresses coming along? Between the extended deadline of April 10, 2020 and the fact that many of you are probably stuck at home, those sewing machines must be running on overdrive. 

We've been seeing some finished projects show up on Instagram. Just use #yellowdresschallenge in the search area to see all the entries thus far. They are all amazing and will give you LOTS of inspiration. 

With the news being so serious lately, I thought it would be fun to share some behind the scenes info about the designer behind Vogue 1671 -- Carlos Correa! 
If you follow McCall Pattern Company on social media, Carlos is not a stranger to you. Periodically he shares info about some of his popular designs. (I love the little extra tid bits he shares about the patterns!)

Enjoy our Q & A!

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Made by a Fabricista: Cardigans and Culottes

Hello from the Midwest!  I hope that you are all doing well and staying healthy during this crisis.  We've been sheltering in place for 3 weeks now.  I have to say that being able to sew during this time has probably saved my sanity.  It's been a way to look forward and focus on creating something beautiful.  So, I hope that you have also been able to find solace in something that you enjoy doing.

In anticipation of lovely Spring weather, I decided to make some culottes, using the Named culotte pattern- Ninni.  I bought this pattern when Fabric Mart had it in the Bargain Bin a couple of months ago.

For my fabric, I chose two double knits- one plaid and one textured.  Here's the plaid version.  You can see that the legs are pretty wide, and they are very comfortable.


I chose black and white fabrics because I wanted to extend my red capsule wardrobe from last month.  Here they are with the red jacket:


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Made by a Fabricista: Spring is for Shirtdress

I love shirt dresses! My pattern collection reflects this (I may or may not have eight shirt dress patterns) but somehow my closet does not. I have just two DIY shirt dresses (Mimi G's Katie dress and Simplicity 8546) and maybe two RTW versions. So it's high time that I added some to my wardrobe.


This polyester blouse weight twill by Milly has the perfect weight and drape for a relaxed shirt dress. If you prefer a more structured look, stick to a cotton shirting or light weight sateen. I loved this fabric and print so much that I grabbed both colorways. Unfortunately this fabric is sold out, but you can browse other shirtings and blouse weight fabrics here.


This fabric has a somewhat slinky feel, but isn't truly slippery. There's also a slight sheen without being shiny like a satin. It was easy to cut and sew, but I did get a few snags when pinning so make sure you use sharp pins and a fresh machine needle. I serged my pieces before assembling the pattern because as m…

Made by a Fabricista: Poolside Tote

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Seven months ago, my dad passed away in a bicycling accident. Losing someone so quickly and unexpectedly is incredibly hard; that grief has been a tremendous weight that I carry around each day. If I can help prevent someone from having to lose their loved one to Covid-19, I will! Our family has taken the social distancing that the United States has implemented very seriously so that we can help alleviate the demand that has been placed on the hospitals and the medical industry. All that to say, I write this sewing post today, completely aware that there are serious, life altering current events happenin…

Made by a Fabricista: Part II - Women's History Month Collaboration - Linen Makes

"Our ability to handle life's challenges is a measure of our strength of character." - Les Brown Happy Saturday Loves! Life changes in the blink of an eye.  This past week has been a true test of our strength and faith and even with the roller coaster journey we all have been facing with the COVID-19 pandemic, my personal outlet and solace were to cut, sew and create. I had so many great plans for this blog post in support of Women's History Month and even wanted to create a YouTube video for Part II of my collaboration.  Our life as educators were affected suddenly on March 12 when we were called into an emergency faculty meeting for a possible shut down of the schools in our district for a few weeks.
  I sighed knowing that we could not meet and sew together for weeks to come. I honestly at the time did not truly understand the severity of what is going on. We made the best out of the situation and decided that we would all meet up at my home on Monday to finish on o…