I was reading some sewing blogs yesterday and I had the chance to read Amanda’s blog post about sewing the top from V1440, a Donna Karan for Vogue pattern. I’ve long admired Amanda’s ability to pair pattern and fabric, and she is a meticulous sewer. In her latest post, she enthused about V1440, saying “you get three designer pieces that are very wearable for the price of one.” True that!
But what really resonated with me was when I read this from Amanda in that same post:
“Something else I love about this pattern are the beautifully finished insides included in the directions.” She goes on to gush about how the directions have you use a bias facing at the hem of the skirt, rather than double-turn the edge and stitch: “Wow, that made making the hem SO MUCH EASIER than the usual double-folded hem that puckers and never will lay completely flat. I am using a bias hem facing for all shaped hems from now on.”
Here’s something you may not realize about our designer patterns. You are actually re-creating the garment as designed by the designer. That’s because we have the original designer sample garment at our studios and when we write the instructions, we’re having you replicate the designer garment. No short cuts for home sewers, in other words. Occasionally we may make a minor modification if the designer garment has a detail that most home sewers can’t accomplish on non-industrial machines, but nine times out of ten we don’t change things up. So you’re making garments just as Donna Karan, Ralph Rucci or Rebecca Taylor designed them. Which is pretty cool and a strong case for sewing designer patterns.
Speaking of designers, we’ll be introducing some new ones in the next Vogue Patterns collection (winter holiday), and we think you’re gonna like them. Stay tuned!
If you’re participating in the V1467 Pea Coat Sew Along, get your pattern now while it’s on sale through 8/31. A schedule for the sew along will be posted next week.
Enjoy your weekend! Hope you get a lot of sewing in (I plan to).