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!

You’re Knocking Our Socks Off!

Butterick B5454 by Sew Wrong

The things that are coming out of our customers’ sewing machines lately! We’ve watched you sew beautiful things all year long, but lately we’ve been blown away by recent makes from Sew Wrong, who made the as-good-as-DVF wrap dress above with Butterick B5454

McCall's M6613 men's shirt pattern made by Handmade Threads

…and Handmade Threads, who made a wardrobe of McCall’s M6613 men’s shirts for her husband, which he wore on their Italian honeymoon…

Vogue Patterns V1416 designer blouse made by Sew Urbane

…and Sew Urbane, who made a pretty yellow version of Vogue Patterns V1416 designer blouse…

OOP McCall's top made by Katy of Katey and Laney

…and Katy of Katy and Laney, who made a J. Crew-inspired top using an OOP McCall’s top pattern…

McCall's M6884 wrap dress by Sew Crafty Chemist

…and Sew Crafty Chemist, who made her own wrap dress with McCall’s M6884

Vogue Patterns V1084 Vintage dress pattern

…and Oonaballoona, who made a retro party dress using Vogue Patterns Vintage V1084.

We LOVE to see what you sew with our patterns, and you know we’ll plaster your makes all over the place if you let us. (We have a bulletin board here at our NYC office that we pin your photos to, we have our Pinterest Fan Gallery, you’re on the homepage of this blog, we use you in our social media….) As we head into 2015, we hope to see even MORE of you sewing and wearing our patterns!

Happy holidays from your friends at the McCall Pattern Company! Here’s to a 2015 filled with lots of sewing and beautiful makes.

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Sewing Machine Giveaway Update

McCall Pattern Company 12/2014 sewing machine giveaway

1/5/15: Congratulations to Ashley M of Virginia! She was selected by the Rafflecopter widget as the random winner of this sewing machine. But don’t despair, we promise to hold more giveaways like this in the future!

12/23/14 Update: Hi everyone! We’ve drawn a random winner for our sewing machine giveaway and have notified the person via email, but are waiting to hear back from the person. (The winner has 48 hours to respond to our email.) Due to the holidays and the fact that our offices and Kansas facility are closed between Christmas Eve and New Year’s, we may not be able to select and notify another winner until the week of January 5th, should the first winner fail to claim the prize in time. Long story short, check back here after 1/5/15 to find out who won. On a personal note, we just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has helped support our social media efforts in 2014. You’ve made our forays into Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and blogging so worthwhile, and we look forward to engaging with you even more in 2015. We’re taking a little break from social media while we spend some time—unplugged—with our families, but we’ll be back in full force in the new year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! —Meg and all your friends at the McCall Pattern Company