Saturday, December 29, 2012

McCalls Patterns (with Bikes!)

Dear readers,

I don't know if you have seen the (new?) McCall's patterns at their website - but something strange is going on.  More than half of their recent patterns are posed with bikes.  Hey, I love bikes and sewing!  My favorite bike/sewing blog is Bicitoro's blog.  I too wish to do more posing with bikes in my posts.  I guess I need to step it up myself.

Here's a sampling of their recent pattern poses:

McCalls 6694:  What in the world is this model doing?  She has five inch pointy heels on and is carrying a track bike around on her shoulder?  Or is the bike mounted to the wall?  I'm not sure.  Trendy (throw the bikes in!) but distracting pose.

McCalls 6709: I actually like this jacket very much - I can see it tailored for bike commuters (add secret pockets?) and high-vis tape at the seams?  This pose isn't bad  - but I would vote for a more sensible heel.  But, hey, who am I to judge  - if one wishes to wear high heels with their bikes - I support your talents!
McCalls 6712:  Again, I do like the top below - I'm not sure about the pose?  "I think I'll fix my bike with white pants on and five inch heels."
McCalls 6710:  Finally, these pictures are just a sampling of all the bikes and patterns on the McCalls new patterns page - and the pattern below is the only "bike" type of clothing featured (I advocate riding in non-roadie gear if that suits you though - why restrict yourself?).

My only objection to the pose below is the male model's haircut.
 What do you think?

I say we need more bike-sportswear related patterns - so maybe this is a step in the right direction - step it up McCalls!

BTW, McCalls is promoting an online sale this week 2.99 for all patterns.



  1. Crazy photos! Maybe this is the new 'thing' to do - ditch the car and head out to dinner on the old bike, fully kitted up to the 9's...J

  2. Hey I'm ready Judith - unfortunately the drivers in SoCal definitely leave something to be desired! And, I'm not sure I'm really good enough to wear the heels!

  3. And there are no grease stains on her white pants! I get grease stains just LOOKing at my bike!

  4. So true - I am the same way!!! I am trying to wear normal clothes when I bike in my step through (mixte frame) - but it is a concern!

  5. That's so great! I especially love the photo on this page of the lookbook ( A pink satin evening gown is exactly what I wear whenever I'm doing some serious repairs on my bike.

    Thanks for pointing this out--I hadn't seen these yet! (And thanks for the shoutout.)

    1. Oh mi gosh - I didn't even see that gown - that's way too funny! I love your blog Jessica - your sewing inspires me!

  6. I actually love this pattern here: ( That would be an adorable cycling top.

    1. I agree - I really like this! I may have to get a few of these (and not just out of guilt for mocking McCalls:)).