Can Beginners Sew Vogue Patterns?

Very Easy Vogue 1970s
Very Easy Vogue jacket patterns from the 1970s.

“Someone told me many years ago that the Vogue patterns are difficult and hard to follow. What is the general opinion on that? I’m still at the [beginner] level but I’ve seen some Vogue patterns I’d like to buy.” —P.B. McCall’s Facebook Group member

Does the thought of sewing a Vogue pattern strike fear into your heart? I remember in college being awestruck by a senior named Melody*, who was able to whip up exquisite and complicated Vogue designer patterns in a weekend for sorority formals. Though I was a decent sewer at that age, I was content to stay in my lane with Butterick and McCall’s patterns. Vogue was too hard!, I believed. 

The Winners of the #V9253 Contest!

Normally when we have a contest we like to print out all the entries and pin them to the bulletin board in our hallway. We had so many entries to this #V9253 contest that we ran out of room on the board! We loved all your entries, and this ended up being a very hard contest to judge. In the end, we chose one overall winner and five category winners. Here they are:

BEST OVERALL

Michelle #v9253 best overall
Michelle of That Black Chic. The gorgeous print, the perfect trim, the exquisitely-styled photo…. Michelle’s version of this pattern was a favorite from the moment we saw it on Instagram. Michelle will be receiving a $100 gift certificate to Stylish Fabric and $100 worth of patterns from us. Congratulations, Michelle!

Congrats to Annie, Winner of Our Kids Sewing Contest

winner of McCall's Kids Can Sew Too contest

Congratulations to Annie of California! She is the winner of the Kids Can Learn to Sew Contest, sponsored by McCall’s and PatternReview. We received a record amount of entries, and we loved every one. In the end, it was Annie’s special combination of enthusiasm and seriousness that made the judges agree she was the clear winner.