Vogue Spring/Summer ’15 Sewing Patterns

10 Apr

New Vogue Sewing Patterns were just released the other day! What better way to celebrate their arrival (and give myself a little more time to procrastinate getting my shit together, mostly because I CAN’T FIND MY CAMERA REMOTE, ARGH), than to rip apart the latest offerings? πŸ˜€
V1451Vogue 1451 // Donna Karan
“Hey, Ambular. Was that you going through my laundry?”
V1450Vogue 1450 // Guy Laroche
“As if! Like I would really wear something from Judy’s.”
V1444Vogue 1444 // DKNY
I know there is a whole class of sewists dedicated to making sure that their insides look as pretty as the outside (both hands raised bc I’m totally part of that camp!), but this shit is taking that to the next level.
V1446Vogue 1446 // Rebecca Taylor
Did seriously no one bother to tell this poor girl about the toilet paper stuck to her shoe?
V1454Vogue 1454 // DKNY
Vogue 1454: Includes butt canopy.
V1447Vogue 1447 Tracy Reese
REALLY cute dress pattern, awkward fabric choice.
V9100Vogue 9100
koolaidFirst thing that comes to mind every time I see that damn ripped paper background.
v9108Vogue 9108 // Marcy Tilton
As usual, Marcy Tilton does not disappoint.

V9117Vogue 9117
I’m having a really hard time trying to figure out the storyline behind this photo. Was she working on home renovations before going to lunch?
V1452Vogue 1452
Ladies, if this ensemble isn’t fabulous enough for you, just know that you can also make it out of stretch velour.
V1453Vogue 1453
Sandra Betzina, what the fuck have you done now?
V9115Vogue 9115
V9114Vogue 9114
The perfect pocket for stashing your extra tots.
V9111Vogue 9111
“I have given up.”
V9120Vogue 9120
Introducing the Bellow Bag: For all your accordion-hiding needs.
And finally, check out this trifecta of fuckery: Vogue 9121
V9121aA) Tragic fabric choice? Check.
V9121bB) Unnecessarily long dangly? Check.
V9121cC) Saggy boob illusion? Check.
Vogue. Please don’t ever stop.


(psst! If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to enter the Sewing for Fashion designers giveaway! Entries close on Monday morning πŸ˜‰ )

82 Responses to “Vogue Spring/Summer ’15 Sewing Patterns”

  1. Andie L. April 10, 2015 at 10:07 am #

    Hahahahahha! OMG! I’ve missed your reviews on these releases. You rock. πŸ™‚ Points for the Clueless quotes and “saggy boob illusion.” I need to figure out how to work that phrase into future conversation. πŸ˜‰

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 10:30 am #

      I’m so glad someone got the Clueless quote! I was afraid it might be too subtle hahaha

      • Andie L. April 10, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

        I might know most of the lines from that movie…. Okay…. I DO know most of the lines from that movie.

        “Do you prefer fashion victim or ensembly challenged?”

  2. RED April 10, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    Haha I love these posts. Thanks for the heads up about the new Vogue patterns! I am LOVING on V1446. I NEED THAT DRESS. http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v1446-products-49827.php?page_id=174

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 10:30 am #

      It’s SUPER pretty, isn’t it? I think those pleats would look terrible on me, but I want to see people make that pattern – I just love the back detail!

      • yacurama April 10, 2015 at 11:01 am #

        I fell in love with it too πŸ˜€ definitely on my summer-to-sew-list!

  3. McCallPatternCompany (@McCallPatternCo) April 10, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    Lauren, we missed you!!!! We were sad the spring collection was not rip-worthy enough for you, but we guess we made up for it with the summer collection? (Hah, toilet paper stuck to the model’s shoe, that’s a good one.)

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 10:33 am #

      I have missed y’all too!! β™₯

  4. Anonymous April 10, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    What is going on with Vogue these days! As I have said earlier, my vintage patterns from Vogue are much more interesting/wearable than these. I was extremely disappointed with Vogue’s summer offerings this time. It appears that the designers have decided to drape fabric in unusual rectangles for most of these.

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 10:34 am #

      Well, you can’t hold a candle to the vintage patterns – those are always going to be so much more interesting than the new stuff. However, I for one am happy that there’s some fuckery in this collection – because, what else are we gonna make fun of otherwise? πŸ˜‰ haha!

  5. Jane April 10, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    Love it! It made me laugh out loud!!

  6. aleksandrasandstrom April 10, 2015 at 10:33 am #

    I kind of love toilet-paper-shoe girl’s dress, but hot damn does it look challenging and time-consuming.

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 10:36 am #

      Oh, I think it’s really cute! It would look terrible on me with all those pleats around the waist, but someone(s) needs to make it up for sure. I think the challenge and time-consuming aspect of it would actually be really fun πŸ™‚

      • Aleksandra @ Liveaboard Takes the Suburbs April 10, 2015 at 10:39 am #

        I do not have the patience for that shit. lol

        [Yes, I just posted comments using two different accounts because I’m special]

        • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

          You are special to meeeeeee β™₯ haha!

      • McCallPatternCompany (@McCallPatternCo) April 10, 2015 at 10:43 am #

        You actually sew all those pleats first on a big rectangle of fabric, then you cut out the dress pattern. So that part is easier to sew than you’d think.

        FYI to your readers, we just posted detail photos of the designer patterns here: http://bit.ly/1Hbup4x

        • Rachel April 10, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

          Those photos are really helpful, thanks for the link.
          Lauren, thanks for the giggles and reminder of Clueless (great movie!) πŸ˜ƒ

        • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

          Ah, that’s really interesting to know about the pleats! Definitely would make things much easier than it looks.

          And obviously I LOVE seeing those detailed guts of the designer pieces, so thank you for posting those!

  7. Beth April 10, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    I look at these patterns (almost all of them) and think, “Yikes! Someone actually gets paid to come up with this *#&*! ?” I wonder if they sell any of these?

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 10:37 am #

      Oh, girl, you know the craziest ones are totally their best-sellers. I think that’s actually my favorite part of all of this haha

      • Beth April 10, 2015 at 11:32 am #

        Ack! Do you think “they” actually wear them?!? I mean…..this is small-town Willamette Valley Oregon. If we had a town jail, I’d likely be incarcerated for wearing “toilet paper girl.” Hope you guys are mostly all moved in and that you’ve found your camera thing-y!

        • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

          Haha I imagine so! If someone gives so little fucks that they will make the garment, I’d hope they also have enough (or lack thereof) fucks to wear it too πŸ™‚

          And yes! I found my camera thing, finally! Bout had fit this morning when I was ripping the house apart trying to find it! πŸ™‚

  8. Jen April 10, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    “Kimono-no-no.” just made me snigger in the office. Friday afternoon, of course I’m working…!

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 10:37 am #

      Hey now, your secret is safe with me! πŸ˜€

  9. Geni April 10, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    You’ve made my day!!! LMFAO, now I feel well equipped for getting my ass off to work! Thanks πŸ˜‰

  10. Karla April 10, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    THANK YOU! I have missed these.

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

      Haha! Good thing Vogue started throwing some WTF back into these collections – I missed snarking on ’em πŸ™‚

  11. sometimessewist April 10, 2015 at 10:50 am #

    When I looked at these for the first time, my first thought about 1451 was “who the f*ck would wear that top?” followed by “Wait, that’s the perfect shape for my baby bump!” You know, if I want my belly to look like it’s covered in cloth napkins. Or something.

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

      No way, cloth napkins would be an improvement on that πŸ˜‰ haha!

  12. nenewhis April 10, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    Seriously Lauren, your New Vogue Comments are becoming my favorite for “I need a good laugh today”. Mr. Hi C is a great addition to the tom foolery, he’d probably wear the butt canopy well, with a nice pair of jeggings perhaps.

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

      Mr Hi C would rock the shit out of that butt canopy, I know this for a fact πŸ˜‰

  13. Lori B. April 10, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    “I have given up” – made me LOL. Also a very handy phrase for a lot of clothing designs out there.

  14. Grace April 10, 2015 at 11:06 am #

    Gimme your tots! LOL I didn’t even see that crazy pocket!

    My favorite pattern this go around is the jumpsuit. I can totally see making that in a slinky printed matte knit.

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

      I am intrigued by the jumpsuit but I want to see how other people make it up. I know it’s gonna be fabulous, just the pattern envelope photo not so much πŸ˜‰

  15. carlalissa April 10, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    Oh boy I cant stop laughing!!! Love the accordion bag the most…. don’t you know that is the perfect bag for traveling with your sewing machine and no one can tell!!! LOLOLOLOLOL

    • jay April 10, 2015 at 11:29 am #

      On the plus side, its a collection that will cost me nothing and put my sewing flops in a brighter light.

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

      haha perfect!!

  16. Angela April 10, 2015 at 11:23 am #

    Ah, the highlight of my day – Lauren’s regular review of new Vogue patterns! OMG, I laughed so hard. Honestly, it amazes me that some of these ever sell.

    1446 (toilet paper girl) and 1447 (cute pattern, awkward fabric choice) though – my daughter, who has, no kidding, the body of a Victoria’s Secret model – could rock those dresses. Me… not so much anymore. πŸ™‚ Now if I could only convince my daughter that she looks as good as she does instead of hating her body…. sigh….

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

      Haha oh man, isn’t that how it works though? We never appreciate our rockin’ bodies until they stop being quite so rockin’ πŸ™‚

  17. Candace April 10, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    TGIF Thanks for the laughs, just love your pattern reviews. I’m going to make V1446 and see if all the pleating flatters a small waist or fails.

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

      Ooh let me see if you do make it up! Inquiring minds need to know.

  18. Thimberlina April 10, 2015 at 11:45 am #

    I chuckled all the way through, but the saggy boob illustration really got me!! Brilliant! πŸ˜‚

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

      Now you will never be able to unsee it haha!

  19. Christine April 10, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    yup, great as always! I think the award goes to the weird upside down bottom of the leg pockets! OMG!!!

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

      Right?! What the hell can you even put in those pockets?

  20. Anna April 10, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    Haha butt canopy!! Love it.

  21. carolinascallin April 10, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    Saw the Vogue collection the other day and couldn’t help thinking WAY back to when I’d go to the fabric store with my mom and the Vogue patterns would be AMAZING…! Like DVF wrap dresses and other iconic designers that you’d actually love to wear! Now, it’s kind of a cringe-fest! Some of them have possibilities, but none that inspire a ‘must buy’!

    Always enjoy your critiques…where else are you going to find Clueless with Napoleon Dynamite references? Totally agree those are the WEIRDEST pockets EVER. I swear they are upside down. #byebyetots

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

      I remember looking through the new books, too, but I confess – I only looked at the Halloween costumes. Those were fun to look at, though! And hey, at least now we can be entertained hahaha πŸ™‚

  22. Marike Smit April 10, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    1450- made in yellow would work great as a spongebob squarepants costume…

  23. SeeKatSew April 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    I am always shocked at Marcy Tilton’s designs, they are dumpy sadness chic. Thankfully Tracy Reese makes up for those. I am actually impressed that there are more patterns than usual this season that I really like and would like to make.
    Are you going to make any of them?

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

      I’m not sure – there are definitely a few that I like (V1448 & V1447 especially), but right now I’m feeling a bit overloaded with new patterns that I haven’t had a chance to make up yet, so it’ll probably be a while before I start adding back to the collection πŸ™‚

  24. Nikki April 10, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    When I got the e-mail from Vogue and saw what ridiculous designs they had, my first thought was that I couldn’t wait for your post about them!

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

      Yay! It was a good batch this time ’round, huh? πŸ™‚

  25. Melissa April 10, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    HAHAHA! Thank you for this post πŸ™‚

  26. Jackie Shepherd April 10, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

    Oh Lauren,
    You are so spot on and so good at being naughty. Always love your thoughts on the new collections!

  27. McCallPatternCompany (@McCallPatternCo) April 10, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    Hey Lauren, I think you might enjoy our new coloring book PDF that features high-res line illustrations of 10 of the new summer Vogue Patterns. It has several of the ones you fondly mention in this post. http://bit.ly/1FIu739 β€”Meg

  28. jenna April 10, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

    I’m surprised the banana suit on the lookbook cover didn’t make the list. I remember you said that the designer patterns actually come from the designer collections themselves, however I haven’t been able to locate the runway/retail versions of the DKNY and Donna Karen pieces anywhere outside of the patterns. I’m really curious if the retail/runway photography for these pieces makes them more appealing.

    • lsaspacey April 12, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

      Sometimes you have to go back a few seasons or a year to find them in the line-up but they usually look the same.

  29. Pootle and Make April 10, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    Ugh some truly ugly designs vogue have outdone themselves. The drug stash pockets on vogue 9114 made me laugh. Practical for knuckle grazers but not much else.

  30. Adriene April 10, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    Hahahaha I was having a shitty day but this made me laugh. Thanks!

  31. Cynthia April 10, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    Vogue 9117 – I think she came home for lunch to check on home renovations ha ha

  32. ellegeemakes April 10, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    Hilarious! what is that metal pole behind the woman checking on her home renovations? They cropped the top of it off. is something hanging off of it that they don’t want us to see? LOL

  33. emcclure2010 April 10, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    hahahaha TOT POCKETS!! Those had a bit of an…orifice look to me but I do work in a hospital so maybe my perception is skewed. LOL And the jumpsuit thing? But bellows bag is pretty compelling…I mean I do like to carry ALL THE THINGS!! Seriously so glad to see this today.

  34. Kate Carvalho April 10, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

    That was hilarious! You just made my day πŸ™‚

  35. Katie April 11, 2015 at 4:39 am #

    Kind of obsessed with the line drawing for 1447, SO cool – like the Deer & Doe Centauree taken up a notch or five. WHY did they choose that horrendous fabric that buries all the details?!

  36. BeckyLeeSewsB April 11, 2015 at 6:01 am #

    Love these posts! Great job! My sewing friends always snark on these right before they run to the store to go snag the pattern. ha I shop at Dress Barn quite a bit for office professional dresses and a BUNCH of them have those exterior darts – like it’s a trend thing. I haven’t sewn any into my own pattern hacks yet but I might. And while I adore the nostalgic pleats and gather’s around the waistline, my big ass doesn’t need any assistance to appear any bigger than it is so I’ll stick to A-lines thank you very much. The Hollyburn is a close cross between the two but even then I had to tailor in the final circumference of the hem. Awesome reviews! Well done!

  37. AJW April 11, 2015 at 6:50 am #

    Tears, while reading your post/review. As soon as I saw this collection I thought, “Sure hope Lauren didn’t give up Vogue-bashing for good, because this collection deserves her sharp analysis.” You did not disappoint.

  38. Hélène April 11, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    Witty Lladybird! Thanks to you I had a good laugh this morning. The Bellow bag wins this round! I wonder if only one sewist will try to make this incredible bag.

  39. Brittney April 11, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

    Hahahaha! The Napoleon Dynamite reference made my night.

  40. MelissaPurls April 12, 2015 at 12:08 am #

    I missed the Clueless reference but totally sniggered at the tots reference. I thought the Kool-Aid background dress was cute–didn’t even notice the background until you pointed it out!

  41. Angela April 12, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    Lauren – in the previous post you mentioned that your sewing book collection is much pared down. What books do you still have in your collection? I MUST decrease my collection (sounds like a good project for today), and I’m curious which books others find to be the most helpful. Weeding out sewing books is almost physically painful, and yet my collection is getting to be rather embarrassing. LOL!

    • LLADYBIRD April 12, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

      My biggest stash problem, book-wise, was reference and how-to books. I had DOZENS of them (they are cheeeeap when you find them used!) and certainly didn’t need that many. I kept the ones that I found the most useful in my sewing (Vogue Sewing, the Sewtionary, the Colette the Singer Sewing Handbook, and an old 1940s sewing book, the Colette Knit Book, my Tailoring book, etc). I also kept all of my pattern books that I plan to make patterns from/enjoy looking through for inspiration (probably about 10-12 titles, give or take). I kept my books on pattern drafting and draping (a couple college textbooks that were given to me, and The Draping Book from LK). I kept all my fit books and all the books from the Singer Reference Library (I love those books!). Oh, and I kept the little Fashion Dictionary from LK. Love that thing, it’s so handy haha. All in all, I pared down my collection enough to where it only takes up about one small shelf πŸ™‚ I say just go through and keep the books that make you happy – whether it’s because you actually use them, or you just really love looking through them. If you don’t ever even open the book, there’s really no point in hanging onto it. At least, that’s the way I feel about it! πŸ™‚

  42. Luisa April 13, 2015 at 7:12 am #

    Hilarious review, as always! The “accordion bag” was surprising, but the designer, Kathryn Brenne, has written some fantastic sewing articles/tutorials for Vogue Patterns magazine and for the Emma One Sock website, so we can cut her some slack! Hope she publishes all her work in a sewing book someday!

  43. Veronica Darling (@veronicadarling) April 18, 2015 at 7:56 am #

    LOLOLOLOLOL too good!

  44. patternandbranch May 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    So, did you ever drink Burple back in the day (I think that’s what it was called.)? It was a powdered drink like Kool-Aid, and it came in this round plastic container that could expand vertically to hold the drink once you added water. It has these accordion folds…just like that bag!!! It’s a Burple bag!

    • LLADYBIRD May 30, 2015 at 11:14 am #

      Ha! I was trying to remember what those things were called but I couldn’t place the name. That’s EXACTLY what it looks like hahahaha!!

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