New Vogue Sewing Patterns! (+ a survey)

31 Jan

Hey everyone! I’m finally home from Egypt and nearly settled back to normal life. I will be writing a post about my trip after I finish sorting through the photos – in short, it was AMAZING and I had the best time!!! – and I also have my monthly MSN project to share! But in the meantime, I wanted to give a shoutout on behalf of my friends at the McCall Pattern Company.

MPC Logo

As you likely already know, MCP is responsible for McCall’s, Butterick, Vogue, and Kwik Sew sewing patterns. They are a small-ish company (smaller than you’d think, especially considering the massive number of patterns they publish each year) headquartered in NYC (which I visited a couple of years ago and it was pretty freaking awesome!), and make up 3 of what we consider the Big 4 when it comes to sewing patterns. I’ve sewn on their patterns for a long time – the majority of my sewing career, which spans a couple of decades – and the Vogue patterns especially are a key part to getting me where I am now in my craft. I learned so much from those designer instructions, and have made some really cool stuff! I know we – well, I, anyway haha – looove to poke fun at the ridiculous and awful Vogue offerings. It became a regular thing on my blog for a while there, and the only reason why I stopped writing those posts was because the patterns stopped being really terrible for the most part haha. It’s like, I dunno, they actually listened to us or some shit :P. Anyway, two things for this post today.

First, the McCall Pattern Company is currently on the manhunt for some feedback, for their on-going efforts to better support the sewing community. They want to know what you love, what you hate, and how they can better serve the people who are purchasing (or stopped purchasing, for whatever reason) their product. They reached out to me to see if I would share their survey with y’all, my readers, in order to expand their reach to a more diverse audience (and thus give them more data to work with that will result in – we should hope, anyway – a better product that delights all of us!). As much as I like to pick on them for the lols, I do truly love and respect this company, and I appreciate everything they do to keep those sewing patterns in rotation every season (and give us something to laugh at if said sewing patterns are terrible). I want to see them succeed and I selfishly want those products to get even better bc, duh, that absolutely benefits me (and you!). So with that being said – if you have 5-10 minutes and feel like talking about yourself, do us all a solid and fill out this survey. We all love talking about ourselves, this should be easy πŸ˜‰ Click here to take the survey, and we all thank you in advance! β™₯

On a second note – how about we talk about those new Vogue sewing patterns? Because they just released a new batch, woohoo! As I mentioned before, I stopped writing these posts because honestly the patterns stopped being really terrible. Which is great for us – and the company, ha – but not really conductive to those quarterly bouts of entertainment. Fair warning, the majority of the stuff in this collection is actually quite nice, but there are a few wtf ones thrown in there for good measure. Ah, Vogue, always keeping us on our toes.

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Vogue 1537 / Kay Unger
LOVE this cocktail dress / jacket combo. It’s like a modern version of those vintage ones that I’m always drooling over. I love dresses’ shape – fitted, high neckline, interesting back view. And I like that the jacket is a slightly more modern shape than being straight-up vintage. The whole ensemble is just beautiful.

Vogue 1536 / Tom & Linda Platt
Love this one too. Simple dress, somewhat of a statement jacket (looks normal from the front, with a party in the back. Wait. Did I just describe a mullet?). Although I’m not sure if that jacket would look fucking stupid with anything other than that dress, but, it looks AWESOME with that dress so let’s just enjoy that small victory.

Vogue 1539 / Nicola Finetti
I want to like this, I do, but I also want to hate it. I think it’s the print on the print, which is a good idea in theory (I’ve always loved a sheer layer atop a solid layer of the same print, its interesting, dimensional, and beautiful), but not with that particular print. Also, those shoes are just awful. Go ahead and fight me over that.

Vogue 1535 / Badgley Mischka
I LOVE THIS AND I NEED AN EXCUSE TO MAKE AND WEAR IT ASAP OMG. I’d be the most elegant superhero in the entire fucking ballroom, y’all.

Vogue 1533 / Bellville Sassoon
I almost hyperventilated when I saw this dress, holyyyy shit. It is absolutely breathtaking. Ever since I crept hardcore on all the designer clothes at Bergdorf Goodman earlier this month, I’ve a brand-new appreciation for really interesting and artistic garments. This dress falls square into that category, and is exactly why I love Vogue Sewing Patterns.Β  I wish I was fancy enough to justify an excuse to make and wear this. Hell, I might do it anyway, and figure out the event later haha. I don’t use this term often, but homegirl looks fierce.

Vogue 1534 / Badgley Mischka
Ok, so the pattern for this dress is reasonably simple – it’s just a lined halterneck bodice with a contrast waistband, and a floor-length skirt. There’s nothing really spectacular about it. But I do love the fabrics that were used for this garment – its an absolutely beautiful dress. This is a great example of fabric choice making or breaking a garment. The sparkles are really appealing to my magpie tendencies.

Vogue 9241 / Kathryn Brenne
Katheryn. What the fuck is this shit. What the fuck are you doing.

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Vogue 1531 / Julia Alarcon
I came here all riled up to hate this dress, but honestly, I really love it. It can definitely go terribly, horribly wrong depending on how that cowl gets worn – but when it’s good, it is real good. I love that giant collar and all the ways you can drape it around your neck to make the dress look completely different.

And while we’re talking about horribly wrong things…
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Vogue 1530 / Sandra Betzina
Ok, who’s brilliant idea was it to use auto upholstery fabrics to make this dress?

Vogue 9239
Hey look, another example of fabric choice making or breaking a garment. In this case, broke as fuck. Those bell sleeves look absolutely stupid when sewn up in a fabric that has that much body.

Vogue 9238
I just hate this so much.

Vogue 9246

Vogue 1540 / Sandra Betzina
Ok, Sandra, fine. You win this one. This one is nice. I’ll give you that.

Vogue 9245

Vogue 9243
I call this one, ‘Birthday Cake Couture.’

Vogue 9249 / Ta Fa
Is… this a pattern for a rectangle of fabric? Really? We’re doing that now?

Vogue 9248
Finally, a version of Trump with hands that are proportional in size to the rest of his body πŸ˜›


What did you think of the new Vogue patterns? Anything grab your eye and skip to the front of your queue? Anything make you cower in fear? Did you remember to take the survey? Let’s talk about it!





92 Responses to “New Vogue Sewing Patterns! (+ a survey)”

  1. champers January 31, 2017 at 8:52 am #

    Not only is #9249 just a pattern for a rectangle, granted with ideas for how to embellish it, the retail price is a ridiculous $27.50. If I create a square pattern, do you think I could charge $30 for it? Love #1537, especially the jacket, now I would happily pay $27.50 for that one πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD January 31, 2017 at 10:33 am #

      You could totally charge that much for it! The real question is – would someone actually pay it? haha πŸ™‚

      • Robin Rodgers January 31, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

        Unless it was something extraordinary that I’d make over and over, I’d never pay that price. Even extraordinary…no.

  2. Jill January 31, 2017 at 9:15 am #

    Regarding the shoes on #9246, I agree with you. I am not a horse. I don’t need hooves. Didn’t need ’em in the 90’s. I sure don’t need ’em now.

    I’m curious if the jacket on 1536 could be lengthened (without ruining the wow factor) to waist or even hip length since my potbelly would not mesh well with it as is.

    Thanks for linking to the survey. I did have some complaints about the Big 4 and it was nice to voice them. Namely, that their lingerie/pajama pattern offerings are so. very. basic. And not enough fun outfits for little boys.

  3. Andrea Beattie Nelson January 31, 2017 at 9:16 am #

    Most of these are beautiful designer looks that have no place in my life. I want to make clothes that I can wear daily, thank you. The last time I was at a formal event was 1998. Even weddings now are outdoors and informal. I like the blue dress, just not the fabric or color, bleah. I kinda like 9238 maybe without the stripes could be made very casual for summer

    • LLADYBIRD January 31, 2017 at 10:38 am #

      See, I feel the opposite about that. The basics are offered through McCall’s and Butterick pattern lines. Vogue is all about those show-stopping design patterns. My biggest complaint with them in the past is that they offered too many basics, and not enough interesting pieces.

  4. Awfulknitter January 31, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    I love the skirt on 9241! The neck is all WTF, but that skirt is awesome. It also looks like it could function as a parachute.

    On the shoes with 9246 – yeah. They can give them a daft fashiony name (flatforms) but it doesn’t stop them being fugly. On the other hand, those are alright-looking pull-on trousers and I want me some more of those. I have a pair of pull-on wool gaucho pants (they have an elasticated back) and they are comfy yet smart – perfect office wear.

    1535 – love it. And the model looks so cool too – like “yeah, I’m looking good, but I’m also a highly trained ninja and could kick your butt without getting blood on this dress” (I think she’s wearing a variant of that face in all her pictures).

    • Jennifer January 31, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

      Ha, I’m completely the opposite re: 9241. I love the top part and can’t stand the skirt.

    • Elaine Laswell February 3, 2017 at 5:36 am #


  5. Inclement January 31, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    9238 – hm. I think maybe I’d like to see it in a solid color of just the right fabric and then decide? (Don’t like the tunic version at all, though.)

    Favorite – princess-seamed jacket. With or without the dress, but I do like matching jacket/dress sets (have you ever seen That Girl? She has tons of them. <3)

    • Inclement January 31, 2017 at 9:33 am #

      Er, well, coat/dress sets. 1537 seems more of a coat.

  6. simplernow January 31, 2017 at 9:29 am #

    9248 OMG they did up a really cute strawberry blonde kid to look like Trump (without the spray tan and that’s clearly not a comb-over!) One tremendous, absolutely biggest ever flaw is the tie. It needs to be tied wrong so the wide section goes down to the crotch and there needs to be scotch tape holding the small section tight against the long section.

  7. qplourde January 31, 2017 at 9:39 am #

    I really love #1535. Not sure I am there yet with my dress making skills, but that one is really nice and I can see a few uses for it. #9243 is like the puffy shirt from Seinfeld. “But I don’t want to be a pirate!”

  8. missceliespants January 31, 2017 at 9:49 am #

    I think that little boys suit is so freaking cute. But, in a million years I wouldn’t make a little boys suit unless it had short pants. Because, that photo would be priceless.

    • LLADYBIRD January 31, 2017 at 10:39 am #

      Little boys suits with short pants is like, the epitome of cuteness. I agree with you on that!

  9. carlalissa January 31, 2017 at 10:01 am #

    Actually there a quite a few patterns with a lot of potential. THe problem is the fabric choices….YIKES….. for example V1539 it is a very elegant, slim pattern, but makes you walk away with those pink leaves??? on your thighs??? ahem NO! And those sleeves in V9243….wanna be flamenco?…I will make it short sleeves with one ruffle!

  10. mertxelasierra January 31, 2017 at 10:01 am #

    Too classic, nothing new. If I want a classic garment like those, I’d go for my pattern collection from the 90s. I could save the first dress and jacket, my mother in law would love them.

  11. Jane January 31, 2017 at 10:02 am #

    I took the survey. I like the Big 4, I really do, but as I get better at sewing I’m gravitating more towards indies, specifically Closet Case Files and Grainline. I’m eventually aiming for a nearly 100% handmade wardrobe (not even close yet, but that’s my goal), and when you wear handmade, you need wardrobe staples, things like jeans, T-shirts, and jackets. The Big 4 seem to focus on princess seamed and darted dresses, which are fine, but you can’t wear those every day. Some days you just need a pair of jeans. But they also have to go where the money is, which begs the question, does the sewing community want jeans, t-shirts, and jackets? I guess that’s what the survey is trying to determine.

    • LLADYBIRD January 31, 2017 at 10:42 am #

      Yeah, I think we forget that the sewing blog community is a tiny TINY sector of the actual sewing pattern industry. There are millions of people who buy and sew these patterns and never blog about them. Just because our handful of people here hate on them, doesn’t mean they don’t actually sell quite well (it seems that some of the crazier patterns that we SUPER make fun of are the best-sellers, from what I’m told!). So while I agree with you that wearing all handmade means you need basics like jeans and tshirts, that doesn’t mean that it’s the driving seller for a pattern company like this. Maybe all the other buys only want princes seamed dresses and evening gowns? I’m not sure.

      With all that being said, though, I’ve always known Vogue Patterns to be the source for ripping off some crazy designer shit, which isn’t necessarily suitable for every day life – but it’s fun to sew! if they reverted that line to only selling daily basic stuff, that would be a bummer.

      • JustGail February 1, 2017 at 7:49 am #

        The super crazy patterns are the ones I tend to buy simply for the “how did they do that?” factor. When it comes to basics, there are only so many patterns you can buy before you are buying the same things over and over.

        9241 – I love the top, I love the bottom, but together is just too much.

  12. Shaneka Giscombe January 31, 2017 at 10:08 am #

    Lol. I totally concur with all the above. The little dude is cute though.

  13. Jordi Ruzafa January 31, 2017 at 10:11 am #


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    • LLADYBIRD January 31, 2017 at 10:43 am #

      Hi! I’m sorry to hear you want to unsubscribe, but unfortunately, that’s not something I can help you with on my end! 😦

    • Inclement January 31, 2017 at 10:44 am #


      Well, ~I’m~ looking forward to this post…lol

  14. vinthillvintage January 31, 2017 at 10:29 am #

    Wow that Kathryn one is just… well… possibly one of the worst designs I’ve ever encountered. Yikes. However, I do want to join Team Ballroom in a superhero evening gown! I absolutely love that one. We could foil a heist of a diamond necklace or something!

  15. Sally B January 31, 2017 at 10:30 am #

    Your posts are great but your use of profanity negates their value. Just sayin’.

    • LLADYBIRD January 31, 2017 at 10:44 am #

      Thank you so much for your opinion.

      • liz-o-matic January 31, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

        I fucking love your use of profanity πŸ˜‰ Different strokes for different folks I guess πŸ™‚

        • LLADYBIRD February 1, 2017 at 8:04 am #

          Right? You can’t please everybody, so I just focus on pleasing myself… as dirty as that sounds hahaha

      • Wrenna January 31, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

        This made me laugh more than any other part of this post! You are such a good human.

      • jqrd February 1, 2017 at 1:30 am #

        Love your posts – every – single – word πŸ˜‰

  16. Reneedalady January 31, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    On 1535, I wonder if you can hack that skirt into a knee length pencil skirt so you can wear it to a low key concert (jazz, Nora Jones etc.) or cocktail party? Long skirts, except on a maxi dress, scream super formal to me but maybe you have more formal opportunities than I do πŸ™‚

    1539…bah! The shoes!! Perhaps it would be tolerable with a plain black flat, ballerina style? We will never know…

  17. McCallPatternCompany (@McCallPatternCo) January 31, 2017 at 10:39 am #

    For what it’s worth, the little boy who modeled for us was just adorable IRL. Also, this photo was shot months and months ago, back when we had a bunch of contenders for the nomination. So any resemblance was purely unintentional.

    We love reading your comments! Just a reminder that when the pattern is by a designer, THEY choose the fabric. If it’s done in-house we take credit for the fabric choice!

    • LLADYBIRD January 31, 2017 at 10:45 am #

      That little boy is the cutest thing!

  18. KS Sews January 31, 2017 at 10:56 am #

    The gowns were stunning. I want to make that cape gown. Idk where I’m wearing a cape gown…

    I own that Kay Unger and LiaLia. I will not wear my cowl as a hood because nothankyou.

    V9238 I like the top but not the dress. The jumpsuit is sad.

  19. Kelly January 31, 2017 at 10:56 am #

    I was a little disappointed with the designer dresses as they are so simple. I love simple and know the instructions are probably worth it, but I really like vogue’s more complicated designs. The gowns, however, oh my god. I actually do have to wear gowns a few times a year for work, which is not as fun as it sounds. By the time the event comes around we are so overwhelmed we do not care how awful we look and I always end up wearing the same black thing I wore to the last event. But now I have the cape gown on my to buy list. Just in case πŸ™‚

  20. KS Sews January 31, 2017 at 10:58 am #

    Oh and I took the survey…I am Big4 and Burda magazine all day everyday. I have a handful of Indie patterns – mostly outerwear and jeans. I adore my Birkin Flares. I made 2 pair of Style Arc jeans but would have to repurchase it to get the smaller size I now need and that gives me the sads.

  21. Veronik January 31, 2017 at 11:02 am #

    I may not be their core customer, but there’s nothing in this collection for someone like me. I’ve always looked to Vogue Patterns for interesting construction, and have quite a collection (mostly Miyake and Donna Karan, but also plan on keeping patterns from Isabel Toledo, Ralph Rucci, Rebecca Taylor and Rachel Comey). I miss the individualist and attitudes lines. These last few collections look like they’d be easily achieved with a little patternmaking know-how and a well fitting sloper. I hope they’ll consider more designer separates in the future.

    • jne4sl January 31, 2017 at 11:40 am #

      Yeah, this is what’s missing. I don’t want them to revert to basics, but designer items that can be worn outside a ballroom are great. That Donna Karan is no longer available is understandable but sad, when they release a collection without Rachel Comey or Rebecca Taylor, I panic.

      Maybe I’ll get the Julia Alarcon dress, everything else, yawn.

    • Tracy January 31, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

      I also miss the Individualist patterns! Trying to scoop them up at sales and swaps. Wish Vogue would reissue them.

  22. Tanya January 31, 2017 at 11:10 am #

    πŸ€”Got to disagree with you on Vogue 9245 – completely rockin’ it – has a nice 70’s vibeπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜Ž

  23. Cindy January 31, 2017 at 11:48 am #

    I did the survey. You are not alone in loving V1533, the Bellville/Sassoon. There is a facebook group dedicated to making it, even if it is just a muslin. I agree that there are more good designs than questionable ones. I like the challenge of Vogue patterns. I’m a slow sewer and focus more on perfecting skills than making lots of clothes.

  24. Linda Huse January 31, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

    Wow your assessment was spot on. I used more Vogue at one time but they haven’t had great offerings in recent years. 9245 and 1530 are throw backs to the hippie look not done well. 9239 can’take be done well in any fabric. 1530 is basic really sad fabric choice for an envelope or add. 1531 is a nice idea until you see the back, done in light colors for spring or summer every stitch line is a distraction, needs cleaner lines on the back.

  25. Tracy January 31, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    I like that Sandra Betzina dress but can’t decide if the hole in the top is too weird. I keep showing it to my husband and he keeps saying, “Nope, too weird.”

    Is it wearable? Do I care? Do you?

  26. Tracy January 31, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    And thanks for the survey!

  27. Doreen January 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    Vogue 1539 is a top/tunic over a jumpsuit. My immediate thought was how do you use the bathroom? You would have to take the whole thing off!

  28. Robin Rodgers January 31, 2017 at 1:54 pm #

    Howdy! LOVE your blog and site. I took the survey. I don’t sew clothes that often and will do more in the future (when we’re in our new home). Planning on buying the Spiegel sewing machine. Anyway, I don’t think I’ve ever purchased a Vogue pattern thinking it was just too complicated. I’m encouraged by your statement that you’ve learned to be a better sewer from using them. I’m curious about “Indie” patterns. I’ve never heard of the ones mentioned. Of course, I’m not an avid sewer, but would like to get back to it. The last project was re-covering my electric recliner! WHEW! Almost ruined my back! Used outdoor fabric. Rolled it out on the floor on a sheet. “Hacked” a pattern to make pieces that would work. Made the cover in pieces and stapled them underneath. It looks professionally done! I’m so proud! Looks like a new chair!
    Thanks so much for all your inspiration! I’ve saved many of your emails and will try making some of the tops and bottoms you’ve made.
    I liked Vogue 1540.

  29. Lesley January 31, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

    Oh God the red one. It’s amaaaazing. I’d love to wear that to a wedding but surely I’d just piss the bride off because it’s fucking awesome!

  30. Naomi January 31, 2017 at 2:12 pm #

    Katheryn. What the fuck is this shit. What the fuck are you doing. = YES
    And some more, but yeah, basically I agree.

    Thank you for pointing out that in several places the Emperor is clearly butt ass naked.

  31. Judith January 31, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

    Speaking of the big 4, could anyone please help me how to choose my size? When I sew the size according to my measurements, it’s way too big. How many inches should I remove from my measurements to find a size that fits me?

    • Regan Louise January 31, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

      Generally, I go down one size and make a muslin to check. When it comes to knits, I sometimes go down two sizes. Especially tight knits like leggings.

    • CJ January 31, 2017 at 6:00 pm #

      Most of the Big 4 patterns have printed on them the amount of ease that’s included, that has helped me.

    • LLADYBIRD February 1, 2017 at 8:17 am #

      Hey! The pattern will almost always include the finished garment measurements printed right on the tissue (and occasionally on the back of the envelope). You can use those as a guide to compare against your own measurements – or the measurements of a similar piece of clothing that you like the fit of – to choose your size. That’s what I do with great results, as sometimes going down a size or two can be tricky if they change the amount of ease they put in the pattern. Hope that helps!

  32. Anonymous January 31, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

    9238 gave me a seizure. Thanks, Vogue.

    • Becky Thompson February 1, 2017 at 6:03 am #

      Hilarious! Hope you’re better now after looking away. πŸ˜‰

  33. Kim January 31, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

    Vogue 9239, I don’t think that the problem is the fabric. From what I gleaned from the yardage, that view, “b” calls for horsehair braid to go in the hem of those sleeves. Yikes!!!!

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  34. Chris @ makeandwear January 31, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

    I have a definite love of vogue patterns, I don’t sew much from them because I mainly used their formal or prom dresses.
    I sewed from Vogue designer patterns when I was still new to sewing….. When I was sixteen I made my older sister’s wedding dress ….and it turned out amazingly well. Because the instructions were so detailed, I just followed along until it was done. Only years later did I realise how ambitious it was.

  35. Lisa January 31, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

    I’d make the red one to wear ANYWHERE. Like grocery shopping, or doing the laundry, or getting my nails done. It’s bloody gorgeous.

    The rest are a bit meh for me. Survey all done though. But I feel a bit mean for saying I don’t think the big brands try hard enough to provide interesting shapes…

  36. katiemakesadress January 31, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

    Did the survey. Quite impressed that they’re asking us, actually.

  37. V Reed January 31, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

    We seriously need a stitcher’s prom so we call all sew up ridiculously fierce formal dresses and drink alcohol and eat stupid amounts of chocolate and talk sewing all in one place at one time.

    • liz-o-matic January 31, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

      YES!!! Sign me up!!

    • Connie Turner January 31, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

      that is such a good idea

    • LLADYBIRD February 1, 2017 at 8:18 am #

      Don’t the Aussies do something like this? They are so much smarter than us hahaha

      • thornberry February 2, 2017 at 12:03 am #

        Too bloody right we do! I’m planning on sewing that Kathryn Brenne dress for the next one!

  38. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas January 31, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

    LOL…your New Vogue Sewing Patterns posts always crack me up!!! I really, REALLY, love the first pattern, although not sure if I’d wear the dress much…ermm…at all.

    Must run! I’m SO EXCITED about that survey, thanks for sharing! Sewing Vogue patterns in the late seventies through the eighties was my jam!

  39. fionaparker17 January 31, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

    You just made me lol SO hard. And man did I need a good laugh! That Belleville Sasoon gown….swoon!!! I think maybe we should plan an across continent meet up somewhere so we can ALL make and wear this beauty

  40. Anonymous January 31, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    thanks for making my day! I do love the Kay Unger dress and coat/jacket/whatever. Takes me back to the early Jackie Kennedy days. Sometimes “basic” isn’t quite so easily achieved. This one hits. Also, that red Bellville Sassoon. Have absolutely NO idea when or where I ever would have worn this one, but it is SO red carpet it’s just gloriously amazing! Looking forward the hearing about what kind of shape you left Egypt in πŸ˜‰ !

  41. Annie January 31, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

    Your blog always makes me lol. I totally needed that today so thanks πŸ™Œ

  42. Anonymous January 31, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

    Thanks for this, Lauren. Your humor is just what we need this week in light of so much bad stuff happening in our nation now. I too was really wondering about the Kathryn piece. Some of these items just try too hard. Will post this in my survey too, but Vogue needs to return to the great children’s patterns of the 1970s. I still have those and have purchased from Etsy in other sizes that I did not use then. My children wore them and now grandkids can wear them too. They had the fancy dress outfits and also sportswear for kids then. The crafts were creative but normal-looking. And could be created on a lower budget. Seems as if some current designs are meant to sell yards of fabric or exclusive notions.

  43. Beth January 31, 2017 at 7:09 pm #

    It just wouldn’t be a Vogue collection without a vagina-esque garment.

  44. G January 31, 2017 at 11:56 pm #

    9245 is actually nice but the fabric choice!! Also Nicola Finetti patterns are the same with a different cover-up. Lazy. I love Vogue patterns.

  45. G February 1, 2017 at 12:01 am #

    Re 9245: the tech drawing is actually similar to a pattern by Ralph Pink. I love both.

  46. girlintheflammableskirt February 1, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    Thank you for the Trump joke. And Vogue 9245 is hideous, but I like to think it’s in memorial to Florence Henderson passing away and not something that anyone would ever actually make and wear. We also need dates to the opera or a gala or something so we can make ball gowns, those are gorgeous – although I can’t do strapless πŸ˜₯

  47. sevein01 February 1, 2017 at 1:55 am #

    I agree with you, have already bought the ones I love, but some, well you have said it all. I miss Donna Karan terribly, she rarely made a mistake. There’s no clever Issey Miyake anymore. I was happier with this collection than the previous one though. Also feel like it is hard to find modern take on basics with vogue, you know good staples that are a sure thing.

  48. restingwhippet February 1, 2017 at 4:38 am #

    Do you still have (somewhere on your blog) since FAQs where the FAQ is “why do you curse so much” and the answer is “because fuck you”?

    That is my favourite FAQ ever.

    Just sayin’.

  49. AJW February 1, 2017 at 5:50 am #

    Although it has been a while, you did not disappoint! Thanks for a good review of the new Vogue patterns. Sometimes honesty can be painful, but I think you are being fair.

  50. Lisa Poblenz (patternandbranch) February 1, 2017 at 6:07 am #

    I took the survey. I’m guessing they want that information because they were just bought by a larger company (I read the announcement a few weeks ago). Hopefully that new company will value them and help them grow. Sounds like they are thinking along those lines anyway. I’m glad you had a good trip. It was fun to see your photos on Instagram!

  51. Becky Thompson February 1, 2017 at 6:13 am #

    As usual Lauren, your assessments are right on. 1537 is all me. Love it. I avoid those 9246 shoes because I’m 5’9″ and it’s a long way down as it is. Oh, and they’re ugly…there’s that. That outfit, shoes and all, is all reminiscent of the housekeepers in the dorms in Osan, Korea. 9241 looks like a ball of aluminum foil she’d need to remove to go through security. That little Trump man is absolutely adorable and I wish I had a reason to make this. If the model is available can I take him fishing?

  52. Lisette February 1, 2017 at 7:30 am #

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that saw “mini-trump” in that last pattern. Really, what were they thinking!? Why choose a little boy with that specific coloring?

    • McCallPatternCompany (@McCallPatternCo) February 1, 2017 at 8:35 am #

      Hi Lisette. You must have missed our comment about this: “For what it’s worth, the little boy who modeled for us was just adorable IRL. Also, this photo was shot months and months ago, back when we had a bunch of contenders for the nomination. So any resemblance was purely unintentional.”

  53. Heather February 1, 2017 at 8:07 am #

    Easily laughed for 2-3 minute over baby Trump hands.

  54. Nina February 1, 2017 at 8:22 am #

    9239 – maybe the sleeves are meant to stand out like that? Looks a bit like some of the West African dresses I see around London. Possibly needs an even stiffer fabric like a West African wax print? (Not sure this is actually what Vogue were going for, mind you, judging by the other options in that pattern.)

  55. Sunni February 1, 2017 at 10:05 am #

    Oh my goodness! This just made my day! I miss these posts. Ha ha! And I love your profanity and your two cents were totally on target with each pattern.

    I read upstream that some of these patterns are best sellers – the crazy ones – and I do admit that it is crazy, but I know a lot of people who buy the crazy patterns, have sewn several of them up and look even crazier in real life. It really is different strokes for different folks. There are some of the crazy patterns that I’m beginning to be drawn to lately. Just trying to branch out from my normal, but I try to keep it in check. Aw well! Loved this post.

    So jealous about Egypt! It looked amazing from Instagram!

  56. Tomasa February 2, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    I agree with you about the Vogue line. That is the line where you go to for special interesting fashion forward designs, not basics. I love the ballroom gowns. I may just buy a couple of them just because they are so beautiful (even though I have nowhere to go where I would where them).

  57. Stacy February 2, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

    Love these posts! At first I was with you on the wtf Kathryn Brenne pattern, but then realized someone like Catherine Daze from the cyberdaze blog could wear it and look fantastic. All in the personal style, sadly I’ll never pull that off!

  58. Anonymous February 5, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

    OMG why am I only just finding you? Love.

  59. Lusty February 8, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

    I laughed out loud at your Kathryn Brenne comment. Every time I look at that dress my opinion of it changes. I alternate between “WTF!” and “NEED”.

  60. wvanda February 16, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

    9241 the red version with the classic hem is beautiful and full of flair. Did you see the you tube video of it? here is the link:

  61. ggherself March 7, 2017 at 9:52 am #

    I agree with you on almost every one. But I would have loved your comment on the pants in Vogue 9246 (I do agree about the shoes). I think that people just need to stop wearing these things that make everyone — including models — look ridiculous. Anyway, thanks for this. It made me laugh!

  62. Christine Tine July 31, 2018 at 2:39 am #

    I really hope you made that Belville- could you just hack the top off of it and wear it with jeans? I just want the bodice to exist in the wild somewhere.

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