To send us your photos, comments, suggestions or tips, email mailbox@voguepatterns.com

Dolores Hatton writes—

I saw your latest pattern book yesterday and was very happy to see a few patterns with cup sizes. I bought V8616. When I make it up, I’ll let you know how I like it. I would like to see a cup-sized blouse with a convertible collar, side bust dart, under the bust dart, darted back, a three-quarter-length sleeve and a long sleeve with cuffs. The bottom can be a shirt tail shape or straight across. Don’t make it tunic length. About 23 to 25 inches in length would be perfect. A princess-seamed blouse in the same style would be appreciated. This is a basic and should always be available. There is always a market for a properly fitted tailored blouse. Not all women want to wear camisoles under jackets so a cup-sized shell should be in your stable also. I’ll bet there was a very positive response to the new cup-sized offerings. Keep it up. Sewing is a very pleasurable experience. Having to do alterations, especially cup sizing, can be daunting because it isn’t always easy to get it done properly. You may be a little late reaching out to the fuller busted woman, but better late than never. Thank you.

Response from The Editors—Thanks for your suggestions, we will certainly pass it on to the appropriate department.

Jeff Keith writes—

I finally finished making jacket V8333 for my daughter, Claire. I’ve attached some pictures of her wearing it. The fabric is a wool/silk blend, and she knitted the scarf that she’s wearing. I just finished another suit (I found some brown worsted wool for it), and I figured out a new trick! I used to hand-stitch the lining hem at the bottom and at the end of the sleeves. But on this one, I stitched the lining into the sleeves before I attached the sleeves to the coat. Then when I attached the lining to the coat and turned it right side out, before attaching the under collar to the collar, I pulled everything up through the opening at the collar. This way, I could machine-stitch the lining’s hem and attach the sleeve lining to the coat lining at the shoulder, then push everything back through the collar opening and stitch up the collar. I’m enjoying each issue of the magazine and picking up some tips with each one.

Nancy J. Tozier Sieling writes—

Last spring, my daughter handed me a picture of a designer dress she loved from a prominent fashion magazine. I filed it away until Christmas, when I made her my version of the ensemble. I used Vintage Vogue Pattern 2902 for the dress, which I shortened six inches, then added eight yards of gathered netting to the skirt lining for volume. For the jacket, I modified Vogue Pattern 1266, because view E had the lines I wanted. I eliminated the back vent, and created the pattern pieces for the lace gussets. I combined the pockets from view E with the flaps from view A, reduced slightly in size, and altered the placement. My dress form and help from a neighbor who is her “body double” enabled me to make something that both fit and was a very well received surprise.


Response from The Editors—Kudos to Jeff and Nancy. Excellent work. Thanks for sharing.

Kathleen Poole writes—

Here’s a tip. Instead of buying expensive plastic pattern envelopes to hold patterns I use sheet protectors for 3 hole binders from the office supply store. Fold the top and close with a paper or binder clip and nothing will fall out.

MC Chappell writes—

I really enjoy Vogue Patterns magazine and look forward to every issue. Although some people are pattern snobs and only like advanced, or patterns with lots of difficult details, I love the easy and very easy wardrobes because I do not have much time or skills for the more advanced. Please keep them coming. I also like the way the patterns give the figure type symbols.

Gail Rodgers writes—

I got my magazine the other day and while it has some great new fashions and articles, one sentence caught my attention that I don’t recall ever hearing or reading it before. In Pati Palmer’s Fit to Flatter article she says “Check the back width first.” As someone with a broad back that is now rounding with age and too much reading, I had never thought of that. I always work so hard at altering my front, but the garments I make still look unattractive in front. I will be working on fitting the back first as that is where most of my inches are and I’m sure it will make a world of difference in my tops and dresses. Thank you for this most important advice!

Patricia Stimac writes—

I am enjoying my subscription to Vogue Patterns magazine. It is an incredible publication. Thank you for all the creative work that goes into each issue. I have been away from sewing and have not subscribed to your magazine for many years. I cannot believe what I have been missing. I started hand sewing as a way to get back on track again because I sold my sewing machine. I find it very relaxing, much more than sewing by machine. Again, thank you.

Connie Dickson writes—

I have been sewing with Vogue Patterns for over 30 years. I am 67 years old and 5'11." Sewing with Vogue, I have little altering to do. The fit is much better than other pattern companies. Needless to say, I have a huge selection which I go to often. I look forward to your magazine so I can order–always finding several from which to choose. The December/January issue was delivered yesterday. What a total disappointment!! I found one possible top, the rest are way too far out. Although it’s fun to see what new designers come up with. The patterns shown are perhaps appropriate for NYC but certainly not for suburban California. Hopefully you take this into consideration in the future.

Enid Wesner writes—

As usual, I look forward to every issue of your magazine. There is always something new and interesting, even to a long time sewer. Then I got to page 43 and thought my cataract surgery had gone awry. Bias cut skirt with unmatched stripes! I read the caption which explained its “playful patterning.” All the time I’ve spent meticulously matching bias cut plaids and stripes, when I could have just said it was playful patterning. I’m going to try it next time.

Adrya Kovarch writes—

I have to let you know how much I enjoyed surfing your new website. To be able to drag the cursor over the thumbnail to see what else is included on the pattern is really helpful before opening the detailed pattern. When the thumbnail is selected all the photographed views of the sewn pattern below the main image is excellent for judging how the garment looks made up. All the other features such as the line drawings and details of the pattern including [fabric requirements] is so important to a sewer as I can judge if I have enough fabric in my stores or whether I need to buy more. I am such a devotee to Vogue—your quality right from the first image places you out in front, and to my reckoning, with no competition!

Karen Brimhall writes—

Kudos on the new site. It’s fabulous! It’s so easy to navigate through, the thumbnails are great-looking, and the site is just beautiful. Please tell your webmaster what a great job he/she/they did.

Laura Casey writes—

LOVE LOVE your new website!

Lucinda Miller writes—

Greatly enjoying the website changes...Wow!

To send us your photos, comments, suggestions or tips, email mailbox@voguepatterns.com


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