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.

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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 😉 Click here to take the survey, and we all thank you in advance! ♥

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.  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 😛


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!






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

  1. 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?

  2. 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.”

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

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

  4. 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.)

  5. 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!

  6. 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).

  7. 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!

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

    OMG why am I only just finding you? Love.

  9. 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”.

  10. 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:

  11. 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!

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