Vogue Patterns Magazine is Looking for Contributors

Write for us - Vogue Patterns Magazine is looking for contributors

Do you sew? Do you write? Do you want to share your projects, techniques, and ideas with an international audience and get paid for it? We want to hear from you!

Vogue Patterns Magazine publishes six issues a year for a readership of dedicated, enthusiastic fashion sewists. We include articles about fabrics, tools and notions, sewing techniques, fit, and more, plus detailed step-by-step projects and a generous dose of fashion inspiration. We’re looking for writers who are passionate about fashion sewing and can bring new perspectives and ideas to any of these areas.

Here are some of the topics we’re interested in covering:

  • methods for garment construction, seam finishes, closures, etc.
  • fitting solutions
  • notions, tools, and equipment
  • techniques, information, and maintenance for sewing machines, sergers, coverstitchers, etc.
  • fabrics and fibers
  • fashion embellishments
  • new sewing resources
  • project planning and organization
  • inspiring designers and sewists
  • sewing and fashion history
  • anything that makes your sewing more beautiful, more efficient, or more rewarding

In addition, each issue includes step-by-step projects that stand alone or put a new twist on a basic garment or accessory pattern. Some possibilities:

  • Adding trendy details to a basic design
  • Pattern hacks
  • Alternative construction techniques and finishes
  • Novel embellishments, decorations, and trims
  • Specialized techniques for making a garment in an unusual fabric
  • Artistic re-interpretations of a design
  • Stylish accessories to complement a handmade outfit.

We’re currently looking for pitches for our winter and early spring issues. To learn more, and see how to submit your work, please refer to the full guidelines HERE. We can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

Inside Peek: Vogue Patterns Designer Kimono Jacket

Vogue Patterns V1493 kimono jacket sewing pattern by Koos van den Akker. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Vogue Patterns V1493 kimono jacket by Koos van den Akker is one of our bestselling patterns right now. With so many of you planning to make this pattern, we thought it might be helpful to share some tips and photos of the actual designer garment.

Tip #1: Choose your pattern size based on how much ease you want in your kimono jacket. If you want a decent amount of ease and a roomy fit, then I’d recommend going with your normal Vogue Patterns size. I wanted less ease in my kimono jacket (I’m sewing this too!) so I chose to cut a smaller size in this pattern than I normally sew. I’m very happy with the fit. But ease is a personal thing, so do what’s right for you.

Tip #2: This kimono jacket also looks great as is, without the floral appliqués and crisscrossing ribbons. My fabric is some kind of rayon blend jacquard in seafoam, with a tone-on-tone raised japonaise motif. I consulted with our design team here and was advised to keep it simple. (Translation: I walked into Carlos’s office, showed him my fabric swatch, and asked “yes or no to the ribbons and appliqués.” He took one look and said no, and I thanked him for saving me a lot of time.)

Tip #3: The original designer jacket is made of a textured, medium-weight rayon fabric—it’s more substantial than you might suspect. The design works in lighter fabrics too, but I think those tulip-banded sleeves will hang just a tad better in medium-weight, drapey fabrics.

Ok, now let’s take a closer look at the original designer jacket:

Vogue Patterns V1493 kimono jacket sewing pattern by Koos van den Akker. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
The pocket and the side vents. You can choose to finish the seams however you like, but don’t they look chic as Hong Kong seams?
Vogue Patterns V1493 kimono jacket sewing pattern by Koos van den Akker. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
The shoulder and sleeve area, inside jacket view.
Vogue Patterns V1493 kimono jacket sewing pattern by Koos van den Akker. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Front band showing the stitched-on bias bands.

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Are you sewing this jacket? How’s it going? I’ve sewn everything up to the sleeves, but have to put it aside this weekend to make a quick baby quilt. More to come!

7 Reasons Why People Who Sew Clothes Are Cooler Than Everyone Else

1. We never have to worry about showing up at an event and running into someone wearing the exact same thing.

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left, credit: Coco Perez, right, credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated

2. Fabric speaks to us and moves us in ways other people just can’t comprehend.

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3. When we see an expensive piece of clothing in a store and say “I can make it better than this,” we’re not lying.

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4. Our minds are razor-sharp because we’re constantly solving problems when we sew.

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5. The level of commitment we have to our sewing hobby is inspiring.

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6. We save money on mental health professionals because sewing is our therapy.

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7. Everyone is envious of our awesome sewing skills.

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