April/May 2009

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Helen Haughey from St Louis, MO writes -

"I was delighted to see your article in the February/March issue [Fabric Shopping in NYC] but disappointed that you omitted my favorite fabric store, which always has the freshest and highest quality European fabrics: Mendel Goldberg Fabrics, 72 Hester Street, 10002, (212) 925-9110. You should check it out and do another article just on this store. Their prices are reasonable and their service is great. They 'dress' all over the US and send fabrics as far away as Australia and New Zealand. The person to talk to is Alice Usdan Goldberg."

Fran DuBos writes -

"I have been a user of Vogue patterns and a seamstress for the past fifty-five years. I have taken numerous sewing classes and love fashion. Now in my senior years living in a small southern town I usually find Vogue Patterns magazine helpful and enlightening. In recent years I find it more youth oriented than I would like.

Your article in the February/March issue "City Safari" left a lot to be desired. All of the companies listed were in New York. Their online selling point was dead. Your Editor Picks was limited to no web sites.

Living in this small town and fewer women sewing, I have had to resort to online fabric companies. There are a few really great ones out there. One of them I spend most rainy afternoons browsing in front of my computer. These companies deserve recognition. Take the time to find them. It is easy."

Response from the Editors - "You must have missed our column called "Web Watch" (page 5 in Feb./March; page 8 in this issue) which we have been running for the past few years. This column features web sites that sell fabrics, notions and trims. If you have a favorite site you'd like us to feature, write to us and tell us about it. We'll have our team research and review it."

Veda Hill from Chicago, IL writes -

"I am so glad that Tracy Reese has been added to Vogue Patterns [roster]. I was wondering if [you] would ever sign her up. Tracy’s clothing is so beautiful and lady like. I wished that President Obama’s wife had let her design her clothing. Also, I am a plus size woman and wondered if Tracy’s clothing will fit me or if there will be a plus section that is fashionable. Love your magazine and hope it continues forever. I have been using it since I was in high school, which is many, many years ago. It's good to see Vogue Patterns coming back with more interesting patterns instead of just the simple ones."

Sharon Donahoe writes -

"First, let me say how much I enjoy receiving each issue of Vogue Patterns. I've been a subscriber for 25+ years and still have each issue. In the article on how to build a better winter coat in the October/November 2008 issue you suggest lambswool as an interlining. Can you please provide me with a source for lambswool? I also like to use it to make sleeveheads in tailored jackets. Sleeveheads from lambswool as so much nicer than the purchased ones or ones made from batting."

Response from the Editors - "Lambswool is available from Greenberg & Hammer Inc., 535 Eight Ave., 6th floor north, New York, NY 10018, (800) 955-5135. They have a web site, www.greenberghammer.com, where you can download their catalog of thousands of hard-to-find dressmaking supplies. You can not order online, however you can mail order or phone order."

Pamela Schwer writes -

"Just got the spring edition [Feb./March '09] of your Vogue Patterns magazine, which I opened with great anticipation. I am a rectangle [shape]. My problem is that there are almost no patterns in here for rectangles. In the Pattern Gallery pages, there are 12 designs and only 4 for rectangles? I understand you want to show fashion, but does that mean we rectangles are forever destined to be OUT? I don't want to wear sacks like pages 40 and 41. I'm afraid this edition is heading for the box in the basement already."

Response from the Editors - "We are pleased that you find our 'Key To Figure Flattery' symbols helpful. The purpose of the symbols is not only to point out styles that would flatter a particular shape, but also designs that would eliminate the need for most pattern adjustments for those shapes, which is why the straight-line dresses on pages 40 and 41 were chosen.

We're sorry that you are disappointed with the availability of styles designated for a rectangular shape in the February/March issue. We double checked the issue and found that 12 out of 36 fashion styles had the rectangular symbol. Plus, there were three Sandra Betzina styles that do not carry Figure Flattery symbols because Sandra believes her designs flatter all shapes.

Please keep in mind that these symbols are just a guide. Within each of the four basic groups there are many variations of shapes, therefore, our symbols can not be 100% accurate. You may find that some silhouettes we've overlooked are flattering to your figure and you should not avoid them because your body-shape symbol is not listed. The reverse can happen as well. Our intention is to guide you to a flattering shape, not dictate. Only you know what is best for you."

Editor's Note: The following letter was addressed to Kathryn Brenne, a regular writer for Vogue Patterns. It refers to an article on making a lace jacket that Kathryn wrote in the February/March 2008 issue.

Barbara Bartlett writes -

"I just want to tell you I have just finished the lace jacket described in your article in Vogue Patterns magazine. I had a lot of fun doing it. In fact I could hardly tear myself away from it. The lace probably was not as fine as yours, in fact I made a big mistake in not checking out the [lace] pattern, the one I bought had a larger cluster of flowers in columns and was so very difficult to match. But in the end it did not seem to matter as long as I just got the motifs lined up correctly. It was hard doing all that zig zag stitching, and I wonder if I should have; or, if it would have been easier using the embroidery foot. I did all the appliquéing by hand because it was simpler and I could do it as I watched TV. Now I am thinking what about a lace dress. I bought some beads and I intend to spice it up by sewing them into the pattern somehow on the jacket.

I also did the heirloom blouse [featured in VPM Dec. '07/Jan. '08 issue] and it turned out successfully too.

I do not need clothes now that I am retired but when I see an article on sewing in an unusual manner, such as the blouse and the jacket I am willing to turn the machine on and get at it."


Jan DiEllo writes -

Thank you so much for your article "City Safari, hunting for fabrics in the Big Apple". As a sewer, fashion enthusiast, and occasional visitor to New York's garment district, I was ecstatic when I opened the current issue of Vogue Patterns and started reading your eight-page spread. Since many of the establishments you featured are located on upper levels or out-of-the way locales, this article really is a mini guidebook.

Gail Ann Thompson writes -

I echo Cathy's sentiments on page 4 [Dec. '08/Jan. '09 issue] as she laments the shopworn state of today's hometown fabric stores and the devotion to "crafts" of the chain stores. More and more I appreciate the ability to fabric (and yarn) shop on the internet. So thanks too, for Web Watch. In this issue www.srfabrics.com is a welcome resource.

Anna Bies writes -

"Ralph Rucci Rocks! Please put more designs in your line. I love them."

Response from the Editors - "Coming in our next issue, June/July '09, there are two new Ralph Rucci patterns: a dress, and a casual top and pants, both filled with his amazingly-crafted details. In that issue, we will also be introducing two new Cutting Edge designers: Lynn Mizono and AKO. Their names may not be as well-know as others, but they bring an innovative, artful approach to fashion sewing. We hope you find them as creative and inspiring as we do."

Janet Taylor from Stevensville, ON Canada writes -

"I am so pleased with my suede cape [made following the directions] from your December 2008/January 2009 Issue. I found Kathryn Brenne's article "Made in the Suede" and instructions easy to follow. I used lamb suede and lined it with a light Italian Wool. I am attaching a photograph. Your magazine is an inspiration!"











Cheryl Chenery writes -

"Thank you Vogue Patterns for continuing to provide fabulous patterns that enthuse me each season to choose to make something that is individual and in style. I started sewing with Vogue Patterns in the 1970s and haven't stopped, although I sometimes find it difficult to get the beautiful fabrics that I especially love to sew with. I do have some recommendations however, based on my searches through your catalogue. Outfits that are suitable for the mother of the bride would be very welcomed—ones that will allow us to look beautiful and up to the minute in design features. Also, I recently came across Diane von Furstenburg designs in a city department store, which reminded me that she was once part of your designer stable. Is there any possibility that she might once again be represented? Her designs are so feminine. Alternatively perhaps some of her designs from the past could feature in your Vintage Vogue range. For me it is not so much shop till I drop as to sew and grow (with inspiration)."

Sandee Con writes -

"For people like me who have limited imagination, I would love to see current patterns shown in multiple season views. You do this over several magazine issues (I nearly bought V8137 three times because it looked so different!!), but if a pattern is released at the end of a season, it may help to see it can be used in the next season as well. Seeing it in different purposes (casual/business/after five) would help also. It would be helpful to see new patterns (usually shown on young, perky models) adapted for us "more mature" models who love the young styles but are at a loss as to how to adjust (slightly!!!) for our more mature personalities. Thank you for many years of fabulous clothes."

Janice Hinchliffe, BASc, CGA writes -

"I purchased Bellville Sassoon V2846 pattern sometime ago. I knew I wanted to make it but had no where to wear it. I finally got the chance to make it for my friend when her daughter got married. It made a beautiful Mother-of-the-Bride dress. I lined the lace with organza to help shadow her arms. The beaded lace is beautiful, which I re-embroidered. She received many compliments that day. I thought your readers might enjoy seeing it. Thank you Vogue for yet again another beautiful pattern."

Tammy Hinds from Livingston, LA writes -

"WOW! She [Tuesday Connor-Sidney] looks fantastic! She did an excellent job on that dress and in five days. I was impressed. It was a wonderful story and I am glad you shared it."

Kathryn Royen writes -

"In this era of bridezillas, it is refreshing to read the account of Tuesday Connor-Sidney's wedding gown and how it came to be. The gown she chose to make and wear is as beautiful as it is well-fitting and flattering. Everything about it is perfect: the style, the color, and the proportion for her figure.

It was heart-touching to read how she agreed to let her husband-to-be choose the first design (and the second). He is a quick study for sure, since the second pattern he chose is such a winner for his beautiful bride! His support and encouragement throughout the process is amazing in these days of capitulating to high stress situations (and not in a good way). Equally as amazing is Tuesday's support of his choice, determined to make the special occasion their day instead of hers alone.

The fact that she crafted such a beautiful first gown and then had the fashion sense to know that it would not work for her is magnified in its good sense by the fact that her husband-to-be deferred to her taste and fully participated in the selection of the components of the second gown. Many men would not go through that same process twice; nor would many women make two bridal gowns for themselves without a huge "I told you so!"

This couple is destined for happiness, as evidenced by the way they worked together on something that is so important to the bride. The fact that the bride honored her husband-to-be's initial wishes despite her own fashion sense shows her love; the fact that he participated so well in the choice of both gowns shows his.

It's a wonderful story. Thank you, Tuesday and Vogue Patterns magazine for sharing it with us!"

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



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