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Jill Keller writes—

I love all the new sweater knits available to sew, but I am having trouble finding patterns that will work for them…would like to see an article on help for this problem. Maybe, how do we convert a pattern to work for a sweater knit. The article on Chicago fabric shops was great. We need more of these because we just can’t find good fabric anymore except online, then of course we can’t touch it.

Response from The Editors—Thanks for the article suggestion; we will certainly give it our full consideration. Just remember that we work six to nine months in advance, so the impact of your request will not be immediately seen. In the meantime we’d like to offer some advice on selecting a pattern for a sweater knit. There are many Vogue Patterns designed for knits that would work well, such as cardigan jacket V1058 or V1124 (both Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina), or V8653 by Marcy Tilton. What all of these designs have in common is the lack of lining, facings and buttonholes. There are also a few designer patterns that could work with sweater knits, including V1129 by Donna Karan, and V1022 by Issey Miyake. Look for unlined jackets with minimal seaming and details. If you find a style you like that has buttons and buttonholes, convert them to snaps or another creative closure, or just leave them off. Adapting patterns to suit your needs (or fabric choice) can be a lot of fun if you have a bit of an adventurous spirit. Give it a try, you may wind up creating a masterpiece!

Dr. Sheryl P. Lipton writes—

After a long hiatus away from sewing, I finally decided that a subscription to Vogue Patterns would be the inspiration that I needed. Learning to sew in junior high school, I had an uninspiring teacher. But, somehow I got the sewing bug and created almost all of my dresses, skirts and shirts throughout university and fulfilled a long-time desire to sew my wedding dress in 1984. When my first Vogue Patterns June/July 2010 magazine arrived, I was so excited that I took it with me to a convention, and seem to have lost it! Thankfully, I can go to Vogue Patterns online and catch up on all that I missed. Thank you Vogue Patterns.

Suzanne Miles writes—

I have subscribed to Vogue Patterns magazine for many years and look forward to every issue. However, I’ve noticed that there are fewer and fewer Misses’ Petite patterns offered of late. I used to love the selection of Vogue career clothes available in petites and had an enviable wardrobe. I’m disappointed now to see so many great designs sized only for Misses’.

Response from The Editors—We’re sorry you’re disappointed with the number of patterns available for Misses' Petite, however, we are happy to tell you that in our next issue (October/November ’10) we will be featuring a Workshop on Petites, written by Kathryn Brenne. Kathryn is a renowned sewing teacher and designer, and has written many in-depth articles for Vogue Patterns magazine, including the one on how to make custom-fitting hand-sewn gloves on pages 24-30 of the August/September issue. Her Petites workshop will give you fitting-insight far beyond the typical shortening lines on ordinary patterns. We’re sure it will be a great advantage for all petite women.

Sarah Sheehan writes—

Flipping through the new Vogue Patterns catalog, I was delighted to turn to the “Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina” section and see a familiar face. If I’m not mistaken, the model was featured on many Vogue designer patterns in the mid- to late 1970s, such as Nina Ricci and Gianni Versace’s first set of patterns for the magazine. On the subject of vintage patterns, let me second Cheryl Chenery’s request (letter, April/May issue) and ask that you re-release old designer Vogue patterns as part of your Vintage Vogue line. Some Diane von Furstenberg ones can go for quite a lot online, as well as designer patterns from the ’60s and earlier. The ones that might be most welcome, I think, would be the early Vogue Paris Originals such as those by Elsa Schiaparelli—one of which recently sold for over $200 US. If it isn’t a question of copyright, I hope you will consider it!

Response from The Editors—It is actually a matter of copyright, which makes these patterns rare and valuable.

Mary Hendryx writes—

I was delighted to see the return of Karen Bjornson in Vogue Patterns, modeling The Vogue Woman styles on pp. 76-79. Karen was my favorite model all through the late 1970s and early ’80s, and I still have most of the Vogue Patterns magazines that featured her. Even now, she influences my current style for I still look to those vintage magazines for inspiration. For me, Karen defined classic American style–a blend of casual elegance and confident individuality. “Always wear the clothes, don’t let the clothes wear you,” was one of her fashion mottos. Indeed, she wore every design with such effortless grace and ease, as if the garment came from her own closet! Thanks to Karen for being such a fashion inspiration, then and now. It’s good to see her back!

Teresia McTavish writes—

I read with interest your article on “Smart Darts” in the June/July issue. I just had to add my method. Begin by threading the machine backwards using the bobbin thread only, and leaving enough thread at the top to complete the dart. By starting at the point there are no threads to tie off and it leaves a smooth soft point.
P.S. So happy to see model “Karen” gracing your pages once more (pp. 76-79) and always a class act.

Response from The Editors—We were rather amazed to see how many of our readers recognized Karen Bjornson, who was the face of Vogue Patterns in the 1980s. We were delighted that she was able to find time in her schedule to work with us again, and are happy to say that she’ll be back in our next issue (October/November) modeling some classically beautiful fall fashions.

Renee D’Almeida writes—

At fifty-one, I decided to see if it was possible to make my passion/hobby of sewing into a new career, so of course, I turned to Vogue Patterns magazine to perfect my skills. Vogue has helped me learn about new products, how to fit like a pro, and the best books to buy. Although I may not be able to go back to school for fashion design anytime soon, I have the best teacher at my fingertips. Thanks Vogue.

CM Payne writes—

I’ve always loved Vogue Patterns magazine, I consider it superior to all the other sewing magazine competitors, however all of the previous issues have included 4-6 pages of fabric shopping destinations. That’s too many pages. I subscribe because I’ve always enjoyed the sewing articles and patterns that filled the pages. A lot of us sewers don’t travel every month so we don’t need destination shopping in every issue.

Carol Colvell writes—

Your improved website is outstanding. It is very user friendly, and I especially like the feature that enables me to rollover the thumbnail so that I can see all the views of the design.

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