In January I blogged about a wrap knit top I love and recently sewed again and would love to have it re-issued since Butterick is bringing back vintage patterns from my McCall’s archives.

This blog is about other Palmer/Pletsch “vintage” McCall’s patterns that are once again available as Butterick patterns. I’m giving you the McCall’s numbers since you may have the old patterns in your stash.

a pants and shorts pattern

B6944 is perfect for people living in warm climates. It is a typical style usually made in cotton. Side seam pockets, fly front, and waistband all using our traditional easy-to-sew- techniques PLUS tissue-fitting help.

Vintage M2585 from the year 2000

a shell pattern

The shell blouse with four necklines came out in the year 2000 and did not get discontinued until 2019 when I moved to Butterick. It has a back opening, but I put an invisible zipper in the side, upside down, opening from the bottom. It has armhole-princess seams with princess bust alteration lines on the tissue and instructions in the guide.



I loved this dress for summer. The rayon print was drapey and flowed away from the body just enough for comfort. The contrast buttons make a nice vertical line down the front. 24 years ago, I did sleeveless! I still do on hot days on vacation in Mexico.

Vintage M3254 from the year 2001


Vintage M4842 from the year 2005

Ethel Harms wearing a mint-colored jacket sewn from McCall's Palmer/Pletsch pattern M4842

Image consultant and color expert Ethel Harms used a soft mint rayon. 

I’m adding a few “vintage” pictures here, (Including hairstyles). This wardrobe pattern has perfect pieces for travel. 

I used a camel-color poly/rayon linen-look washable fabric for my jacket and pants. The pants are pull-on. The easy-to-sew jacket is unlined with a fold-back stand-up collar. Interface the facing and collar with PerfectFuse Interfacings.

The red knit top I’m wearing is View B. It has a wide neck band. Make it again as a dress.

CSI Janet Dapson, who teaches our Michigan workshops, used a heavy tapestry fabric for her jacket.

In Case You Embroider

Marta Alto, co-author of the Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting, called pattern M4842 (now B6975) “the easiest jacket ever.” She embroidered her purple linen with flowers from Viking design card 119, Flowers and Frames 2 by Martha Pullen. She used PerfectSew as the stabilizer, drew the pattern pieces on the fabric, then did the embroidery, changing colors when she used the same flower. “Then I just washed the fabric and made the jacket,” says Marta.

Marta stars in the video Learn Machine Embroidery, which is available on our digital website for streaming or download.



I sewed views C/E in a printed rayon that draped beautifully. Butterick calls it the lounge look which is how Views D/F look. I’d call it the classy, comfy lounge look.

Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor Jean Baxter went for a dressier look.

a sleek look for a knit


The top in this pattern has two neckline options. The pants are straight and flared leg. Instructions include fitting a no-side-seam pant. Our book Knits for Real People also has a chapter that includes fitting a no-side-seam pant.

This book is also avaible as a FLIPBOOK on our digital site.

We used to publish an on-line magazine called Fashion for YOUR Figure. We finally had to quit because it became such a huge project for the four people who worked on it. But I am sharing a page from the December 2012 issue on using the McCall’s version of the re-issued pattern because it includes some pretty good tips!!

pati wearing the no side seam pant

Here, I’m wearing the outfit from this pattern at a Palmer/Pletsch pant workshop. Very comfortable to work in!

Our workshops are wonderful opportunities to learn to fit and sew pants, as is our book Pants for Real People

This book is also available as a FLIPBOOK on our digital website.

If you prefer video learning, check out the  streaming and downloadable videos on our digital website.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Deb Del Nero

    I used B6925 view D for my mother of the groom rehearsal dinner ensemble in pale blue silk satin and made a guipure skirt to go with it. It’s a very flattering top.

  2. Pati

    It sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Sammi

    Shell pattern number should be M2818.

    1. Pati Palmer

      Thank you for catching that!
      We’ve corrected it now.

  4. Ann

    I’m dealing with a new Janome machine DC2019, demo model from store. I was told to buy the manual online, but it is discontinued and Janome has zero. So a friend and I are about to address the use of this machine, and I hope to be ordering some patterns from you soon. Thank you for your dedication to this important work over the years.


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