“When will you please re-issue the DVF wrap dress pattern?!”
Just about every time I post anything related to our vintage patterns someone will chime in with this question. Sigh. I love and covet this pattern just as much as you do. But here’s the reason why re-issuing DVF’s pattern, or other vintage designer patterns, is complicated and not likely to happen:
We license original designs from designers and then turn them into patterns. A contract is drawn up between us and the designer, and it specifies how long the pattern may be sold and any other stipulations, like geographic distribution. We never own the rights to a designer’s property, i.e., the garment design that is turned into a pattern.
So while we would love to bring you this iconic wrap dress as a pattern once again, you probably shouldn’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen. I know, major sad face. But… did you know we currently have 11 different wrap dress patterns that you can use for your own DVF-inspired wrap dress? Find them here on our newest Pinterest board:
Speaking of wrap dress patterns, blogger Sew Wrong suggested that we all sew a wrap dress for the next McCall Pattern Company sponsored sewalong. I like that idea, but what do you think? Talk to us in the comments section!
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 theVogue 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.
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.
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!
We admit it, we love those features where celebrities answer random questions about themselves. Since you’ve told us you like getting to know the people behind the brands, we thought we’d ask Vogue Patterns designer Carlos Correa to share a little bit about himself:
1. Where did you grow up? Bayamon, Puerto Rico
2. When did you realize you wanted to be a fashion designer? I grew up with four sisters and a mother who all sewed very well, so I was aware of clothing and fashion at a very early age. Somewhere around age 15 I realized what a fashion designer was and that this was something I could actually do for a living.
3. Where did you go to college? Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City.
4. When did you join the McCall Pattern Company? 1992. I was very young.
5. Can you and do you sew for yourself? Yes, I sew. My last project was V8842 parka and I took about three months to make it.
6. What item in your closet do you wear the most? My slim-fit pants from V8940.
7. Who are your favorite designers? Donna Karan and Ralph Rucci always inspire me.
8. What was your favorite vacation? I went to Iceland in 2008 and it was amazing. The country has an unspoiled natural beauty that you can’t find elsewhere. And Icelanders really respect their environment.
9. What is your favorite food? I could live on cookies and cakes. They call me the cookie monster here at work.
10. Who is your style icon? Marlene Dietrich, because she was very daring and she knew her body and her style very well.
11. What’s your favorite pattern in the current Vogue Patterns collection?V9041 men’s jacket. It’s a modern take on a classic pea coat design. For women, V1419 coat by Ralph Rucci, because it’s modern and classic at the same time.
12. What’s your favorite store? Century 21 in NYC for the thrill of the hunt. They have everything and you can’t beat the discounts.
13. What brings you your greatest joy? A job well done.
14. What makes you laugh? Celebrities acting foolish.
15. What’s your favorite vintage clothing era? The 1930s-1940s. In the ’30s we saw a lot of pre-war experimentation in fashion that was almost daring for the day. In the ’40s with the big shoulder pads and tailored suits women’s style was assertive and confident, before ’50s style turned them into dainty things.
16. What’s your favorite TV show? Anything with Real Housewives. Doesn’t matter where the location is, I’ll watch it.
17. What’s the one thing you splurge on? Skin care. I love anything by Origins, especially their anti-aging products.
18. What’s your favorite thing about working and living in New York City? The incredible diversity of the city.
19. What are the last three things on your credit card? Wee-wee pads, dog food and a trip to the groomer, all for Bella, my 10-year-old Maltese.
20. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? “Silence is golden.” Sometimes it’s better to keep your cards close to your vest.