I noticed last night that Butterick had some new patterns posted online so I clicked through them, and the farther along I got the more I felt like I’d seen some of them before. Sure, the style of the overarching McCall Pattern Company doesn’t shift much between it’s McCall’s and Butterick subdivisons (boy is that confusing, they should really rename one of the McCalls) – they are quite blatantly reusing each others patterns now.
Here is the new Butteric 5977:
And here is McCall’s 6519:
I actually own the McCall’s pattern because I think the dress and jacket are cute. But really, it makes me feel like they think we’re stupid. These patterns are nearly always sold right next to each other, do they think we don’t flip through both catalogs at the store? The Butterick “See & Sew” line never goes on sale so it’s supposedly the “cheaper alternative” at $3, but in the U.S. the regular patterns go on sale for $1 every couple weeks. Do they really think we couldn’t just wait a week or two and buy the pattern with more substance for less? Obviously this is a large corporation we’re talking about that has (probably) the biggest share of the sewing pattern market right now (Simplicity does this too mind you, they don’t get a pass either. Check out S2263 and S2451). But if they’re new competition is from the independent designers that are popping up all over the place, shouldn’t McCall’s be trying harder to make their company look more personal and less corporate I-don’t-give-a-fuck-what-you-little-people-think? In my opinion, that’s what the small pattern companies have going for them – real people, engaging personalities, personal stories on their blogs, and yes often more interesting design and packaging.
I’m not saying the small companies are perfect (my issue with them is mostly style) but McCall, you’re really not helping your situation here.
What do you all think?
Grainline’s Tiny Pocket Tank is really simple, but oh so stylish and easy. Winning combination in my book. Pretty sure I was only sewing for an hour (maybe 2 at the max), and poof, new tank top. Minus the tiny pocket (it’s cute and all, and maybe next time I’ll use it, but it just looks fiddly for something that won’t be super useful).
Pattern: Tiny Pocket Tank (TPT) by Grainline Studio
A great basic top for spring and summer which does double duty as a layering piece in the fall and winter. This top features a tiny pocket as well as bust darts and a slightly relaxed fit. Suitable for many fabrics, dress it down for day in cotton chambray or make it fancy with a printed silk.
Fabric: Mystery cotton blend (not even sure it’s a blend, could be 100% for all I know, but it’s got a different feel then 100% cotton) most likely from Bia’s destash (into my stash) again. This one is probably on the verge of being too stiff for the TPT.
Design Likes/Dislikes: I like the fit a lot, fitted through the bust, then loose and a little swingy. This will definitely be used for layering this winter since it’s a great basic. The neckline is a little wide, but it still covers my bra straps so I probably won’t change it. I like the hem too, it’s not especially noticable, but there a slight shaping to it so that it dips down just a bit in back.
Sizing and Fit: This being my first time with Grainline, I accidentally sewed up the seams with 5/8″ allowance instead of 1/2″ so it ended up a little tighter than it was supposed to be, but it still fits so it’s ok. Next time I’ll do it right. I think the sizing was right on too (always a concern with independent patterns).
Changes: None on purpose! I guess I did the bias binding on the neckline so that it showed, which is different than directed. A little contrast looks nice though.
For Next Time: Use the correct seam allowance and probably fabric with more drape like rayon.
So usually I’m all for the non-seasonal sewing, because then I’m totally prepared for the future, right? Not so much right now. I keep sewing short sleeved things and it’s gotten cold up here. And the cold does not go away, then come back another day like in the Black Hills. Super lame. Whatever, at least I have covered parking so I never have to scrape my car. Now I present another top that I can’t easily wear to work right now ’cause I’d freeze.
Pattern: Burdastyle Deep V Top #126 12/2012
This top, made of black fine knit fabric with an elegant metallic effect, has what it takes to become a favorite in your wardrobe. It upgrades shirts and trousers in seconds. Note the fashionable details such as the deep V-neckline, the stylish wrap effect, and the peplum.
But lets not let English Burda have all the silly description fun, what say you Russian Burda?
In a thin pullover knitted fabric with metallic effect has all chances to become your favorite, because it perfectly matches with both a skirt and with trousers, creating a second for a whole new way. Pay attention to fashion detail: deep neckline, the effect of the smell and the lower part of simulating Basques.
I would have gotten German Burda’s opinion on the matter too, but they seemed to be down for maintenance.
Fabric: Tube knit from Bia’s old stash, probably been there since back when she used to make us colorful leggings in the 90s. The texture is pretty cool though, the back side almost look waffley. Two way stretch only though, so pretty stable, and probably not as drapey as Burda intended.
Design Likes/Dislikes: I was expecting this top to be much looser in front (like on the model) but it turned out more fitted and I’m totally ok with that (the model must be super skinny I guess, no surprise). So since my expectations were low to begin with, turns out I’m even more happy in the end! The pleats in front don’t take care of all the shape like darts would, but I’m not too concerned. It mostly looks like it’s supposed to be extra pleated anyways. I also like how my fabric was light enough to see the seams and darts, I was planning on always wearing a tank underneath anyways (thinking it would more drapey and therefore low cut). I think this would also look great with long sleeves (too bad my queue is too big, I probably won’t get around to long sleeve version til it’s 95F outside).
Sizing and Fit: Tighter than I was expecting but since I cut my normal size for Burda knit tops (34) it fits just fine, and since it’s a knit I skipped the zipper (not sure this would be comfortable in a woven anyways, but maybe?). I could have used a little more length at the bottom for hemming, but that’s probably my own fault in the tracing process.
Changes: Omitted the zipper and changed the construction so that the side seams were sewn last (so much easier).
For Next Time: Long sleeves!
You may think that I’m a stitching fiend, but actually that last one had been sitting on my sewing desk for weeks waiting to have strips of white sewed to the edges so I could put it in a frame. This one I worked on as I procrastinated the other.
This is part two of the Rap Lyric Embroidery Project (RLEP), inspiration curtsy of my bro-in-law Radd. Tell us a little about rap and keys, Radd:
The phrase “I got keys comin from overseas” is a line from rapper Big Syke in the famous TuPac Shakur song ‘Picture me Rollin’ (album All Eyez on Me, released February 13 1996). The full lyrics are:
I got ki’s comin from overseas
Cost a #*%£?! Two hundred G’s
I’m a street commando, niño for example
This lavish lifestyle is hard to handle
Big Syke, aka Big Syke Daddy, aka Mussolini, aka Tyruss Hines, appeared in 4 tracks on TuPac’s album. He had four solo albums from 1996-2002, and was featured on 6 different artists’ albums from 1992-2007.
When I think of Big Syke, a lot of songs come to mind, but this song in particular stands out. His verse on ‘Hail Mary’ is another classic in my opinion. I first heard ‘Picture me Rollin’ riding in my sisters busted metallic green Buick Electra, going at least 15 over the speed limit, up to no good. Some days I still think of that car and that crazy summer when I hear this track.
If TuPac hadn’t been killed and continued to rap, Big Syke would have gained in popularity and fame not unlike Puff Daddy’s (aka P. Diddy, Sean Combs) rise to fame as Biggie’s (aka Notorious B.I.G, Christopher Wallace) annoying sidekick.
Another classic song, another classic RLEP.
I feel like everyone should have at least two alias’ (if you must know, various members of my family refer to me as both Carl and the Duck. We do live by this idea).
Personally I just think it’s funny that I put an image of a door key with it because those are definitely not the kind of keys the quote is suggesting!
I did frame this one also, but I used a really cheap frame from the dollar store and of course while I was putting it together I pushed too hard and snapped the glass… oh well, it adds character?
But take no shit.
Words to live by.
*but not really at all, mistakes are just new design details