McCall’s M7445 Silk Velvet Pants!

by Friday, May 19, 2017

A prominent trend this spring and something that I personally love are my silk velvet pants. Being a more flowey style of pant McCall's (M7445), they are easily worn into summer and the silk is surprisingly breathable. I did encounter a few grievances along the way and I had to even scrap one ...

Raglan Sleeves For Summer

by Wednesday, May 3, 2017

So a little background on this new pattern of mine M7574. I wanted an easy knit raglan sleeves pattern for spring/summer 2017. I was inspired by these easy fitting knit dresses and casual tops which I put together in a design board for McCalls. I really wanted the three length versions, especially ...

EASY UNLINED COAT WITH BIAS BINDING

by Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This fast and easy unlined coat with bias binding finishing doesn’t have a lining or shoulder pads. You can quickly make your own bias binding to finish the inside. Even with fast sewing we still want our garments to look structured and well made. Below are my favorite tips on where to use interfacing, and how to ...

McCall’s Jacket and Pant Easy Knit Wardrobe

by Wednesday, December 14, 2016

  Pati writes about making this McCall's Jacket and Pant Easy Knit Wardrobe pattern twice in very different fabrics: I wanted to design an outfit that I call edgy classic. Jackets and vests worn open give you a slimming vertical line. The jacket/vest in our Knit Wardrobe pattern M7260 is an easy classic lapel style ...

The NO Fail Double Welt Pocket

by Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I have a few nice blazers and jackets that have a double welt pocket on the inside left front of the jacket. I love this pocket detail for my valuables—when I go out without a purse, I don't need to use the side pockets. I've had too many things fall from side pockets ...

#M7470 Winter Shirtdress Inspiration

by Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I'm already starting to dread the long winter months ahead; with the cold comes pants, pants, pants! Come spring I'm so tired of the same ol' jeans. I'm thinking I'll break it up this winter with a very cozy but chic winter dress. I think my mom's new shirtdress pattern M7470 from McCall's is ...

Swing Dress from Summer to Fall + Tips

by Thursday, November 3, 2016

My 'swing' top and dress pattern (McCall's #M7407) has been a hit with all ages and seasons! I chose to bring my navy one into my fall wardrobe with my wrap unlined overcoat in the long version with the tie McCall's #M7479. I want to share a few different ways this has been made from Summer to ...

Pati makes McCall’s Melissa Watson Shirtdress!

by Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I decided to sew Melissa’s new shirtdress, McCall’s 7380. I love the hidden placket front, the shirt tail hem, and the slightly raised waist which will give less emphasis to my thicker waist. I love the Liberty cotton and though spendy, it was 58” wide. McCalls 7380 Alexa Elastic Back Shirt Dress Of course ...

Fashion Knits – Designing with a simple pattern

by Tuesday, August 30, 2016

As a fashion designer and pattern maker, I’m always trying to come up with new and interesting designs while sticking to classic silhouettes. At the end of the day, when you are sewing something yourself, you are the designer because you are making the decisions for fit and fabric. Hope you enjoy ...

Sewing Workshops – What Really Happens?

by Saturday, August 20, 2016

Are the sewing “workshops” really sewing “vacations”? In other words, do we work or play? Anyone who has the passion for sewing knows it is really playing, when it might look like work to others. A Palmer/Pletsch Sewing Workshop gives you totally focused time to do what you love - sew- with ...

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Pati makes McCall’s Melissa Watson Shirtdress!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I decided to sew Melissa’s new shirtdress, McCall’s 7380. I love the hidden placket front, ...

McCall’s Jacket and Pant Easy Knit Wardrobe

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

  Pati writes about making this McCall's Jacket and Pant Easy Knit Wardrobe pattern twice in very ...

Fashion Knits – Designing with a simple pattern

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

As a fashion designer and pattern maker, I’m always trying to come up with new ...