Vogue Sewing Patterns: Winter 2014

17 Oct

Well, well, well…Β  looks like the new Vogue sewing patterns are officially out! Happy day!! πŸ˜€ I’m know I’m late for this one – I hadn’t even realized that the new patterns came out (no shit, this is something that I tend to just randomly discover as I’m perusing blogs. Because, you know, joining the mailing list would be way too easy ), so I’m sorry that this is delayed! Although, to be honest, there’s really not a lot to snark here this go-round. Yay for Vogue, boo for us πŸ™‚ Still, I didn’t want y’all to think that I’d, I dunno, gone corporate or some shit! Since my visit at the McCall Pattern Company offices, I’ve definitely had a much softer spot in my heart for the company and everyone who works there – but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still poke a little fun at ’em πŸ™‚

One thing to keep in mind (something a lot of us – especially me! – recently learned) – with anything that is a Designer pattern, the garment you are seeing is an actual designer garment. Meaning, Vogue didn’t choose the fabric/notions and sew it up specifically for the pattern cover. It is literally a garment from the designer – labels, price tags, and all – that is being modeled. The pattern is drafted from the exact same garment (which was incredibly fascinating to hear all about), with Vogue sizing and instructions. Anyway, I’m reiterating this because any horrible fabric choices we see on the Designer patterns have nothing to do with Vogue! We should really be ripping the designer a new one (I’ve tried to note which pattern is Designer and who, so you know exactly who to direct your anger toward). That being said, any other Vogue patterns are fair game πŸ˜›

All right, onto the patterns!

V1426
Vogue 1426 // Badgley Mischka
OH MY GOD THIS DRESS HAS STARTED REPRODUCING

V1428
Vogue 1428 // Tom and Linda Platt
The question here is: Do we consider this print placement an epic fail or an epic win?

V1425
Vogue 1425 // Pamella Roland
Look at the lace at the hem. Wait for your eye to start twitching. You’re welcome.

V1427
Vogue 1427 // Donna Karan
Let’s call this one “Andre the Giant Goes to the Disco!”

V1422
Vogue 1422 // Tracy Reese
Here, Vogue decided to show you the prettiest dress/most gorgeous fabric/bestest hair ever in an attempt to distract you from what appears to be someone’s tool shed in the background.

V1423
Vogue 1423 // Bellville Sassoon
“What do you mean this isn’t how you wear a thong?”

V1424
Vogue 1424 // Rebecca Taylor
I guess the neckline is supposed to be some sort of snappy cutout, but honestly all I see when I look at this is a backwards wifebeater under a tank top.

V9046
Vogue 9046
I just wanted to point out that for once, this dress – with all it’s detailing – isn’t made up in some crazy patterned/shiny fabric, aka, you can see what is being modeled here.

V9066
Vogue 9066
~Tarp-Chic – taking camping to the next level, one business suit at a time.

V9072
Vogue 9072
If I was half this cute when I was a kid, maybe I wouldn’t be the angsty piece of shit I am today.

V9073
Vogue 9073
I just don’t know anymore.

V1429
Vogue 1429
What the everloving fuck is going on with this fabric.

V9065
Vogue 9065
If your lapels are so wide that they cover the shoulders of your SLEEVELESS BLAZER, you’re doing it wrong.

V1430
Vogue 1430
No comment on the pattern itself – my question is: Where the hell did they find this fabric, and do you think I can still get my hands on some?

V9069
Vogue 9069
Vogue 9096: The only time it’s ever socially appropriate to wear a bathrobe out in public.

V9057
Vogue 9057
The neck binding is not flat and that is bothering me way more than I care to admit.

V9060
Vogue 9060
Vogue 9060: When bad things Marcy Tilton happens to good people.

V9059
Vogue 9059
Frumpsville, population: This chick.

V9056V9055
Vogue 9056 & Vogue 9055
So, these are pretty cute – basic knit tops with a few options. Just wondering, though, why the hell they have darts?? I thought that was the whole beauty of knits, that you could eliminate darts (barring giant FBAs or anything like that), and yet here they are. What’s the deal here?

V9074
Vogue 9074
Hey! I actually don’t hate this one. Ok, so that purse is definitely not my style, but let’s all just sit back and appreciate that it looks like a REAL PURSE you’d buy at, say, Macy’s. It doesn’t scream homemade – it actually looks pretty legit! (not that there is anything wrong with homemade purses – I’ve made my fair share of quilting cotton bags! But I think it’s safe to say one has definitely leveled up if they managed to make something that looks this pro, you know?). It even has little purse feet! Eee! Thumbs up for this one. I might pick up the pattern just to get a lurk on the instructions.

V9070
Vogue 9070
Ughhh I’m going to get so much shit for expressing my distaste – but I hate everything about this! The shape, the fabric, THE DANGLIES!

nope

Anyway- what are your thoughts? See any patterns you love or hate? I gotta say, I’m disappointed to not see any Ralph Rucci 😦 I was excited to see what they’d come up with.

EDIT Just spoke with Meg (of the McCall Pattern Company fame) and she’s going through some family things right now, so there may be a delay in replies to the comments on her end. Just FYI!

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81 Responses to “Vogue Sewing Patterns: Winter 2014”

  1. Red Point Tailor October 17, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    Well… no Vogue pattern this time – again. I love some fabrics they used – and I would like to get some as well :-).
    Regarding Vogue 9056 & Vogue 9055 – I am asking as well the same question – why darts! It it knit fabric!
    Are you going to purchase/use any of the patterns from the weinter collection?

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2014 at 11:26 am #

      Possibly the purse (just to see the instructions), but I’m not really seeing anythig in this collection that is ~speaking~ to me, so I probably won’t make anything up.

      • runwayrevolution November 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

        Hope Vogue is paying royalties to Celine for the super-obv copy of their ‘Boston’ bag. Not cool.

  2. Red Point Tailor October 17, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    BTW … how’s the coat sewing going on?

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2014 at 11:27 am #

      Coat sewing is good πŸ™‚ A little slow, so I’m glad to have a cohost for this sewalong πŸ™‚

  3. Anonymous October 17, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    LOL that indeed looks like a thong!!

  4. Maja October 17, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    LOL indeed that looks like a thong!

    • juliettemijeon October 17, 2014 at 10:39 am #

      Am i weird if I say I actually sort of like this thong-like design? (even though I’m pretty sure I’d not wear this dresse on a daily basis?)

      • Maja October 17, 2014 at 11:12 am #

        Not at all weird. I like it too. I wish though slightly smaller gaps/hols in this ‘thong part’.

      • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2014 at 11:28 am #

        I think it’s cute! Just not for me πŸ™‚ The thong comment was way too good to not share with y’all, though, haha

  5. Carol S October 17, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    I like 1422 and 1425, but I don’t need a party dress at all. i need an everyday dress with sleeves. Vogue forgot what they were this go round.

  6. carly927 October 17, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    There is nothing special about the lines of the Tracy Reese dress, but I would kill to get my hands on that fabric.

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2014 at 11:28 am #

      You & me both. I am dying to know where that fabric came from!

      • oonaballoona October 18, 2014 at 8:08 am #

        i swear i saw that fabric in an episode of vampire diaries last night, and almost jumped through the TV.

  7. Loren October 17, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while, wanted to say I love it when you review these patterns! It always cracks me up. I only disagree with you on 1426. I feel like if you cut that wierd ruffle off around the knees it could be a really cute little party dress

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2014 at 11:29 am #

      You’re right! I think the dress as it is photographed is a bit over the top (well… speaking as a 5’2″ woman. I’m sure a taller lady could rock the shit out of it), but taking off a chunk of the ruffles would really make it super cute πŸ™‚

  8. knitmo October 17, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    I like the detailing of the 9046. It’s very intriguing to me. However, since I generally don’t buy a lot of patterns, I probably won’t buy this one, or at least wont for a while.

  9. Deborah October 17, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    In the 1970s I was very particular about sewing with Vogue Patterns only. I am thankful for Etsy and the abundance of vintage Vogue. None of these appeal to me. Vogue, please reissue the DVF patterns!

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2014 at 11:31 am #

      All of us (including Vogue!) wish those DVF patterns would get reissued, but DVF won’t renew the licensing to make that a reality. Trust me, we ALL want those damn patterns! Except DVF, apparently, so selfish! πŸ™‚

      • sewnotwork January 31, 2015 at 8:29 pm #

        They do show up on eBay, but the prices are ridiculous. Could always trace it and sell again though.

  10. Connie October 17, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    Dear ladybird, if you were to make that bag you could get in it afterwards. It is huge!

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2014 at 11:31 am #

      Ooh, wouldn’t that be fun though πŸ™‚

  11. Margo October 17, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Lol! Great review again. I so agree about the darts thing!!!why??!!
    And Connie is right…you could probably fit in that ginormous purse!

  12. Anna Worden Bauersmith October 17, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    Thong…… Almost ended up with tea splattered all over the computer screen!

  13. Laura October 17, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    Aw, I feel like you were so harsh! Funny, but harsh. Do you really dislike all of these? I do have to give you credit, though, for pointing out the thong neckline on the bellville sassoon…. I really didn’t notice that, but now it’s all I notice. I personally like the suit, and I’m super happy it has cup size variations. I’ve also been looking for a bathrobe coat, so I think that’s cool! But man, some of this Marcy Tilton stuff – who would wear that skirt????

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2014 at 11:34 am #

      I definitely dislike a few of them, but most of this is just commentary πŸ™‚ I don’t think there’s anything harsh about not liking the style or styling of something! I’m not knocking the people who do like these patterns (you do you and all that!). I do like that suit, but I do not like the fabric they chose to make it up in. It looks like it was made out of a tent.

      And Marcy Tilton, as much as I find her designs a bit ridiculous, has a HUGE fan base. I wouldn’t wear her designs, but they are very very popular.

  14. juliettemijeon October 17, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    Is it because you’re not quite so snarky as usual, and therefore not inducing us to think the same? i don’t know but I think there are some good things in this issue. I like the 9046 dress for instance.

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2014 at 11:34 am #

      No, I honestly don’t think this collection has much to hate on! It’s fairly normal this season πŸ™‚

  15. Rachel October 17, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    Damn you and your witty views! I loved the Bellville Sassoon one at first sight and now I can’t get g-string out of my brain. Maybe you did me a favour – as one of the few females in my office I definitely don’t want to remind my male (engineer) colleagues that I might wear underwear….hehe. Just after I started working there I won a voucher for designer underwear at a charity auction. I am yet to live it down! Rachel ☺PS. I like days in knit tips that don’t have negative ease. Am I banished? 😜

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2014 at 11:35 am #

      Wait, you got DESIGNER UNDERWEAR? That’s actually kind of fucking fabulous. You should make the dress and model it after your underwear… matchy matchy inside and out lol. πŸ˜›

      • Rachel October 18, 2014 at 8:41 am #

        Ha! Dude, when you come to the UK come up to a Edinburgh. I have the feeling we could share many irreverent laughs over tasty things to eat and drink (plus it’s beautiful. And men wear kilts). πŸ˜„

  16. steffaniarosa October 17, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    But seriously, what’s up with the bad ’90s makeup paired with all the designer patterns that are decidedly not ’90s influenced. It’s really throwing me off.

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2014 at 11:36 am #

      I actually like the makeup, but I’m a 90s baby at heart so there’s that πŸ™‚

  17. Kelly October 17, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    This was a pretty boring release, with the exception of that incredible Tracy Reese fabric (which also distracts you from noticing the simplest “designer” pattern imaginable). I am thinking about the Rebecca Taylor dress, though, just because I have this feeling that if I make all her patterns I might look cool, even if I don’t totally believe in them at first.

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2014 at 11:37 am #

      Ain’t nothing wrong with a simple pattern, though! Sometimes you just want a plain backdrop to let the fabric shine πŸ™‚ Also – most of the designer patterns have cool techniques included in the instructions, so there might be something amazing about that pattern that we just don’t know about.

      • jne4sl October 17, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

        On that one it seams to be that there’s some hand beading at the centers of the flowers. But beyond the fabric, the only selling point is that Mrs. Obama wore it. Certainly could be a great basic but I think that’s why it was offered even though the lines aren’t as interesting as previous Tracy Reese.

  18. Nickey Robo October 17, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    I absolutely adore 9046, it’s such a fun, unique design but with no ruffles or danglies! The rest are all meh or bleh.

  19. Chickeys October 17, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    I think I love 9046…even though marking all those tucks would cause me to have a stroke. I also love 1422 but only because of the basic style lines…I would frankenpattern the shit out of that V-back!

  20. chatlotte October 17, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    Blah. I struggle with Vogue (mainly because.. !!Β£17!!?!) It feels so heavily pointed towards the 50+ market. Nothing wrong with that and probably why indie patterns are awesome BUT I see way more exciting photo shoots in free magazines. It’s like a whole book dedicated to curing insomnia. I just don’t ever feel the patterns justify the cost/offer a real alternative to the other big companies.

  21. Amy October 17, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    When I reached an age when I started to appreciate the Tiltons’ patterns, I wept.

    • Danica October 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

      LOL

    • Denise Wertz October 17, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

      I am one month shy of sixty and I don’t ever want to be old enough to wear them!

  22. Juliana @ Urban Simplicity October 17, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    I like the coat, actually! If I had a higher frustration threshold with sewing right now, I’d be all over it, as I need a coat like that for fall, but threshold, meet low bar. Some day…

  23. steelyseamstress October 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    Hilarious! I always enjoy your comments about Vogue. That “thong” dress. I do think the poor lady is suffering from an extreme wedgie very well – only a slight wince and buckling at the knees!

  24. Anonymous October 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    I don’t know why the darts are there with patterns being geared towards ‘average’ proportions, but I do know from experience that if you’re a busty woman, there are just times when you need darts, even in knit fabrics. BUT even then it’s usually with sleeveless garments, not ones like these. So yes… weird?

  25. alessandra October 17, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    I ❀ all your comments, hilarious!!! I couldn't agree more on all of them! Holy crap, what are they doing with some of these?! That last red jacket is heinous…..just…gross.

  26. mahlicadesigns October 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    Wow, what a snooze fest. Not a thing I’m remotely interested in. At least that beaded fabric woke me up a bit.

  27. janlittrell October 17, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    When I was younger, I sewed Vogue because I thought it made me extra bitchin. (It was the 70s, remember.) Plus I was showing off; I’ve always really loved it when people say, “Seriously, you MADE that?????” I get off on that and it counter-acted my crippling lack of self esteem. Now that I’m 64, I have plenty of self-esteem, but I still love Vogue patterns for their classic elegance. I’m much more interested in fabulousness “for my age” than blowing socks off because I sew well. So Vogue has worked, does work, and continues to work for me. Now if I can just avoid getting too fat to look awesome in them.

  28. mertxelasierra October 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    Hey Lauren! I’ve had a good laugh at your criticism. All criticism should be like that, cinical and without pity, Hahaha! I agree with you everywhere, but I have to recon I like the four first patterns a lot! Not that we need a pattern to make those dresses (maybe the first one requires one), but they are real inpirational. As for the rest… you’ve said it πŸ˜‰

  29. mommylap October 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    I have to admit, I was considering making that Marcy Tilton skirt in a dark solid in an attempt to add more Eileen Fisheresque garments to my work cadre…

  30. ciara October 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    why would anyone give you shit for hating on 9070? it is HIDDY. i think my grandma rocked that exact same coat–red crushed velvet & all–while touring the south dakota badlands in her RV in 1992.

    • LLADYBIRD October 19, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      You know, terrible coat and all… your grandma sounds like one badass bitch πŸ™‚

  31. Renata Tarnay October 17, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    I just received a pamphlet of Vogue’s fall/winter collection with my 2nd RR pattern order. It’s a fold out poster with thumbnails, and has all these plus a few in house designs with only drawings. The only design I find really great is the Badgley Mishka. I agree with you
    about the fabric for the 1430, it’s very cool.

  32. B. Morgan Joy October 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Selling point for 9070 is the danglies–my cats would lose their minds over that.
    But I mean they go a little nuts when I lay out fabric to inspect it/finish raw edges before pre-washing. And if I leave scraps on the floor (especially weird-shaped scraps). And if I set something down to mark buttonhole placement.
    What I’m saying is, my cats like fabric A LOT and there’s just no reason to go to all that effort for a weird coat covered in danglies to entertain them.
    But maybe it was designed for humans owned by pickier cats.

  33. BeckyLeeSews October 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Cripes that was a good read! Hilarious! And don’t try to sugar coat what you think. Any designer who tries to make a dress out of a thong or a wife beater deserves to receive a review like that. Totally with you on the Bathrobe-goes-coat…BARF! My husband would probably think it’s an old towel and cut it up to wash the truck. But I do totally disagree with you on 9065. Those aren’t lapels; they are Yoda’s ear muffs. WTF???

  34. Leah October 17, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    Long time lurker here… I actually kind of like V9059. A little frumpy but has potential… then I looked at view C which has something called “applied sleeve heading.” This looks like a peasant sleeve with the sleeve cap seam allowance is on the outside. I can’t see the logic behind that move Vogue.

    • LLADYBIRD October 19, 2014 at 10:59 am #

      Oh yeah, 9059 can probably be decent if made up in the right fabric. It’s just that the drawing is TERRIBLE haha. And wtf at that applied sleeve heading! WHAT.

  35. Inclement October 17, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    The more I look at the first one, the more I like the blue and white contrast idea. Maybe just less overwhelmingly ruffly, somehow?

    But then again…you know, the more I look at it, the less overwhelming it seems. The style is otherwise quite simple, and the colors and fabric are understated. That allows a little more breathing room for the ruffles, I think. And the styling is good with it IMO – no necklace, unobtrusive hairdo, matchy shoes – nothing is really competing with the ruffles for attention and thus causing eyestrain. Maybe I’d (well, not *me* of course god forbid) wear even a simpler bracelet and non-strappy shoes.

    And it might seem perfectly fine at any occasion you’d wear such a dress in the first place (a gala, a ball, a red carpet…I mean, probably not your neighbor’s Christmas party).

  36. Siobhan October 18, 2014 at 4:03 am #

    Huh, you mean people actually LIKE Marcy Tilton patterns? I just thought they were one gigantic troll from the pattern companies.

    • McCallPatternCompany (@McCallPatternCo) October 21, 2014 at 9:49 am #

      Yup, home sewers can’t get enough of the patterns from Marcy Tilton and Katherine Tilton. Consistently bestsellers; people like art-teacher chic. And yeah, Marcy and Katherine are real people and super-fun. Had dinner with Katherine at the American Sewing Expo and she is a hoot. β€”Meg

      • Joan November 4, 2014 at 11:59 am #

        Interesting to know! I always wondered about them. I’m not much of a fan of the patterns but they are inspirations for wannabe fabric designers like me.. πŸ™‚

  37. sallie October 18, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Heeheehee… I love these posts! Overall I didn’t think there was anything hideous about this group, but nothing that really got me jonesing to buy either. I felt like a lot of them looked… the same? But I think that Claire Schaffer dress could be interesting!

  38. Colima October 18, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    9059 reminds me of a fuller version of the Wiksten tova top that the blogosphere was gaga over. I love when you do these reviews, they crack me up!

  39. Craftastrophies October 18, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

    I like the first one because it looks like teeth. Like maybe she skinned a (cartoon) shark and made a dress out of it.

    The cityscape fabric one is another pattern placement win/epic fail. I like the top version though. It looks like a star trek uniform and I’m into that.

    The Tilton patterns give me fat-girl panic attacks. Go into a store for larger women some time. The clothes are basically all designed by someone with the same style as Tilton. And those are the NICE ones. I think it’s fine, I see people wearing those and looking fab, but it’s soooooo not my style and it’s upsetting when that’s all that’s on offer! No assymetrical hems for me, thanks.

    But also, what about the coat that is basically a belted blanket, but which also is either MUCH shorter at the back than the front, or else someone photoshopped the back out to create a thigh gap?? (V8965)

    • LLADYBIRD October 19, 2014 at 11:01 am #

      Ha! If you look at the line drawing for 8965, it’s just a coat front/scarf hybrid. The back is VERY short – like, just enough to cover the shoulders. I don’t think there’s a photoshopped thigh gap in that picture πŸ™‚

  40. annie October 18, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    About the darts …..Sandra Betzina has a basic tee shirt pattern for Vogue, and it has darts. I’ve made it six times, and this is why. Even though I have few fitting issues with most patterns, and don’t need any bust adjustments either way, the darts make for a gorgeous fit. Especially if I use a knit with pattern, and the dart is mostly invisible. If I’m making a formfitting tee relying on the stretch of the fabric to really conform, no dart necessary. But if I like just a little ease, and the fabric has a dry hand, a little crepey, or like a rayon knit, and i want the tee to conform but with no actual stretching of the fabric, this dart makes for a super fit. Just saying.

    My god you are funny! I love your blog.

    • LLADYBIRD October 19, 2014 at 11:03 am #

      Very true on the dart defense! I guess my question is – most of these patterns are sized for “average” proportions (maybe those tops aren’t; I didn’t check) and those with average chests don’t need the added darts. That’s just for those who needs to include a big FBA. That being said, it’s nice that they included them so you don’t have to add them in, guess πŸ™‚

  41. Kate October 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    Love your blog and the reviews you do.
    Thought it was interesting that there were no comments on the two patterns I am contemplating adding to my stash…V1421 Donna Karan and V1420 Anne Klein.
    Both fairly classic and simple looking with interesting cutting lines and details. Understated yet I wouldn’t feel like I’m wearing something from the Dress Barn (what kind of name is that for a clothing line? Like we’re cows or sheep 😦 .
    I don’t mind the darts on the raglan sleeve shirts (v9055) ’cause that’s pretty easy to use or not as you like or need. Lately I’m drawn to cowl necklines (living in a cold climate will do that to you) so I like the options on this pattern.
    Not impressed with the coat which looks to me like a big, shapeless sack of bathrobe. I have an OOP vogue Anne Klein ‘bathrobe’ style winter coat (from the 90’s I think) and it looks so much better than this new one.

    • LLADYBIRD October 19, 2014 at 11:05 am #

      Haha, well, 1420 & 1421 weren’t snarkworthy enough, that’s why they didn’t make it into the post πŸ™‚ I do like 1421 quite a bit, though πŸ™‚

      Also, I agree – Dress Barn has always given me a big wtf over the name! I’d love to know the story behind that one.

  42. shesewsswell October 18, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

    Bring back the DVF, please. (The pattern I have is not cutting it.) Nothing about this collection makes me want to go out and spend money and actually, that’s probably a good thing. Someone at work today suggested I need an intervention for my sewing habits. Good thing I have blogs like yours so I know I’m not crazy… and I’m not alone. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD October 19, 2014 at 11:06 am #

      The DVF was licensed to Vogue to use in the 70s & 80s, and DVF will not renew the licensing agreement, which is why Vogue can’t reissue them πŸ™‚

      • shesewsswell October 20, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

        Well that is just sad, think of the chunk of change she… (DVF and her heirs) could be re-making by re-issuing it, instead, others are making it on the secondary market. Guess I’ll just have to keep looking for a used one to fit a “big gyrl” or get better at my pattern modification. πŸ™‚

  43. AJW October 19, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    My review of current patterns is never complete until I visit your blog for your complete rundown. Thanks, as usual, for the belly laughs. I especially agree with your feedback on the Tilton patterns — so much fabric used to ill effect. That said, I must confess that I will probably buy several of the new Vogue releases — there are some nice-looking dresses in this crop — they will all need lots of tweaking to fit my shape and size, but I think it will be worth it. And speaking of tweaks — as someone who needs darts in just about everything, I like that the knit tops do have darts — makes it possible for the large-busted among us to consider knits without worrying about looking pregnant. Although I think for those who don’t need/like a dart in a knit top, it might be possible to cut the pattern as intended and sew out the dart excess by stretching along the side seam.
    Love this blog!

  44. Lola October 20, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    oh great.. i can fit my life’s worth in that purse. i’ve always wanted to go for the mary kate look.. now i can tote around a purse as big as i am.. i’m not certain if this is sarcasm or envy that’s typing right now.. i’ll have to get back to you on that whenever i sort out my emotions.

    The first dress is giving me : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYg5awPAyWM

  45. Melissa S. October 20, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    Vogue 1429. Ugh. That fabric and pattern placement, just, LOLWUT.

  46. Elizabeth October 20, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    These posts always crack me up, thanks for saying what we are all thinking!

  47. Aleksandra @ Liveaboard Takes the Suburbs October 20, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    I almost kind of like that first evening dress. My sewing group is making evening dresses this winter and I’ve been lurking for a pattern. Maybe with a matte black outside and the contrast lining in shiny black? I feel like it would work.

  48. Amy October 21, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    I shouldn’t have read this at work. Trying to stifle laughter and failing isn’t making me look good. Hahahaha

  49. Jet Set Sewing November 1, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    Hi Lauren, I just saw this, and I did get a chuckle out of it. The thing I like about that bag pattern is that it looks like a really sneaky CHLOE bag knock-off. Tempting!

  50. Christy April 10, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    Just found and follow you, you are right on target with your descriptions, you crack me up.

  51. Rose May 15, 2016 at 7:22 pm #

    LMAO. Love your comments….that’s what kept me scrolling to the end πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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