Vogue Patterns: About Those Designer Patterns


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Editor’s note: This blog post first appeared here on August 5, 2014, when this blog was brand-new. It’s one of our most popular posts and we thought it was worth reposting for those who may have missed it the first time around.

Today we’d like to talk about the designer patterns for Vogue Patterns, specifically to clear up a common misperception that often appears online in blog posts and discussion threads. True or false: The models in the Vogue Patterns designer patterns are wearing the actual designer garments.

Give yourself a pat on the back if you answered true. The models in the product photography are indeed wearing the actual designer garments as supplied by the designers. We don’t remake these designer patterns using our own fabrics, nor do we alter the garments’ designs in any way. The designer labels are intact and very often the original price tags are still hanging from them.

Model wearing an actual Tom and Linda Platt top. Voge Patterns V1415.
Model wearing an actual Tom and Linda Platt top. V1415.

Some designers, like Ralph Rucci, will supply the patterns for us to use when we translate their designs for home sewers. If we don’t have a pattern from the designer to start with, our patternmaking team will study the garment very closely so we can replicate it as exactly as possible.

Ralph Rucci pattern pieces used by Vogue Patterns to create one of his designer sewing patterns.
A Ralph Rucci pattern, as supplied by the designer.

Every now and then we’ll see online discussions comparing a designer runway photo with the same designer pattern, and if there are differences between the two garments people  assume we altered the garment for our home sewing market. Not so at all. Designers frequently modify their runway garments for the RTW market—changing a hemline or fabric, for example—if they feel that will broaden a garment’s appeal. But we don’t alter the garments that come from the designers who allow us to license their clothes.

We hope this clears up this common misperception about how we create Vogue Patterns from designers. Let us know if you found this post informative and if there are other questions you may have about our designer patterns. We may feature them in future posts!

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  1. I missed the original post. But this just validated what I already assumed. Thanks!

  2. I, too, missed the original post and found this quite informative. Thank you Meg!

  3. Thank you for this information! Good to know!

  4. I do sew vogue patterns about 40 years, they always great. Especialy the designer ones. I love them.

  5. Who makes and sews the other patterns that are not designer?

    1. Mya McCalls/Vogue/Butterick have in-house pattern makers and sewers that do these jobs. I went on a tour a few months ago and learned this. It was quite cool, I will have a blog about this soon on that meeting .. yes Im late..

    2. Mya, we have our own in-house designers for the four pattern brands.

  6. I do love the designer patterns and I buy lots of them. I also wish you could bring back some of the vintage designer patterns (vintage YSL, for example). I read this post last summer, but enjoyed it again today.

  7. Whatever happened to the Vogue Paris Originals? Seem to be only US designers these days, used to be so many, now only Guy Laroche and Issey Miyaki.

  8. I have looked for a few garments on designer websites and not been able to find them all. Do some designers send garment designs just made for Vogue Patterns? or are all the designs from their couture or RTW lines?

    1. This is a good question. I am guessing they might be from the runway show or from the show before it was edited down to the final looks. Designers might choose to only list garments that are in production on their website. If you haven’t, try looking at a site that has the entire runway collection such as style.com.

    2. The designers do not create designs or patterns just for us. These patterns are from their runway and/or RTW lines. FYI.

  9. I love and appreciate the Vogue Designer Patterns! It is so wonderful and gratifying to be able to create your own designer original pattern. Thank you for this blog post!

  10. Thank you for this information – very interesting. Since starting to sew again 7 years ago, I have started sewing Vogue patterns even some designer selections. I use to be scared that Vogue patterns were hard but now that the fear is gone many of your designs are hanging in my closet. I too would be interested in re-makes of Paris Original patterns.

  11. Very informative….I didn’t know this. I love the designer patterns, own most of them just in case one starts calling out to me to be made:) It is so wonderful to own a designer piece…even it I made it myself.

  12. I knew this after meeting many of the management staff (and indeed the President too) at Palyalupp (sp?) last year….fascinating reading anyway….can hardly wait for Spring patterns!

    1. I was lucky to get a sneak peek at the new Spring 2015 patterns in Vogue Patterns magazine; see my Twitter for two runway photos 😉

  13. Great repost. I love this kind of insider stuff.

  14. Very interesting info. I love Vogue Designer patterns and have quite a few in my pattern stash!

  15. This information was very informative, thanks for the infomation and keep it coming.

  16. Thank you for this information. I can’t tell you how exciting and gratifying it is to know that Ralph Rucci supplies Vogue with his patterns – thus Ralph Rucci designs are available in the house fit! I was intrigued to blow up the photo in your post and get a exacting close up view of Rucci’s pattern pieces. My favorite RR S/S 2015 look is: http://www.stylebistro.com/runway/New+York+Fashion+Week+Spring+2015/Chado+Ralph+Rucci/5s3EYnVrdos

    I think it would translate very well for sewers…..hint, hint. Thank you and Mr. Rucci so very much for making such beauty available to us.

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