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:
TGIF! To celebrate the first week of fall and this gorgeous weather we’re having here in NYC, let’s do a pattern giveaway. To enter, visit the new Vogue Patterns winter/holiday collection we just released and choose your favorite new pattern. Then leave a comment here telling us why you’d like to win it. One random winner will be selected next week and notified via this post. Good luck! You can also enter to win a new pattern on our Instagram account. GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
9/30/15 UPDATE: Congratulations to Cherry Hall! She was our random winner. Cherry, see our reply to your comment for directions.
Do you Periscope yet? In case you aren’t familiar with this new(ish) form of social media, Periscope gives you the ability to broadcast live video to followers. We’ve done two “test” videos so far featuring mini tours of our headquarters here in New York City, and we hope to do more behind-the-scenes videos. Follow us on Periscope and let us know here what kind of live videos you’d like us to broadcast.
Don’t you just love a nicely finished seam? This is the back seam of our pea-coat-in-progress, V1467. We’ll be working on the sleeves this weekend as part of our #v1467sewalong. What are you sewing this weekend?!
Want to win a new fall McCall’s pattern? All you have to do is check out the new collection here, then leave a comment on this post telling us which pattern you’d like to win and why. Must have a valid email address; only one comment per person. One winner will be randomly selected next week and notified via email. We’ll also announce the name of the winner on this post, so check back next week if you want to see who won. UPDATE: Congratulations to Pamela (Parcher2001), random winner of this giveaway! Pamela, see the comments section for directions.
Plans are underway for our fall sewalong. By popular demand, we’ll be sewing V1467, the pea coat/jacket pattern by Anne Klein for Vogue Patterns. We’re thrilled that Rachel of House of Pinheiro and #sewphotohop fame will be co-hosting the sewalong with us. Order your pattern today while it’s on sale for $5.99USD! A sewalong schedule will be posted here soon, but look for things to begin around mid-September.
For those of you who enjoy our coloring book PDFs, here’s a new one featuring eight of the hottest Fall ’15 McCall’s patterns. This downloadable PDF features high-resolution line art, which you can color with your fabric ideas and styling details. Just enter your email address below to download our McCall’s Fall ’15 coloring booklet. You’ll receive a confirmation message on the page and the link to download the PDF will appear just below it.
Note: You will NOT receive an email from us with the PDF. You must click on the link that will appear—McCall’s Fall 2015 Coloring PDF—just below the horizontal box that says “Your email was sent successfully.” Clicking on it will download the PDF to your computer or device; if the PDF does not open immediately, then locate the file called McCall’s Fall 2015 Coloring PDF on your device and open it.
We’re super-pleased to have Erica Bunker as our first guest pinner. We’ve long admired her advanced sewing skills and impeccable taste, not to mention we always find ourselves repinning her Pinterest pins. Follow Erica for a week starting today as she pins the things that are inspiring her fall and winter sewing plans. And if there’s someone you’d like to see as a guest pinner, please let us know in the comments section.