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Kym Wright from Michigan writes-

I loved this latest issue, especially the article on recycling thrift-store wool sweaters into purses. I just wanted to show you one of my masterpieces. It started life as a sweater, which I washed several times in the machine, then dried to make it more dense and firm. I turned it upside down and gathered the bottom with machine wrapped cording (MWC)–and attached some fun beads.

The diamond shapes are pieces of suede I cut to replicate the sweater’s pattern. Since the sweater was a button-up, I had to do something to cover the opening. Voila! A cute cover-up. The top edging is also made from different colors of suede, hand-sewed on with the same MWC. More beads to make it fun, and handles that went with it so well, I didn’t have to paint them! I lined the purse with some silky sari fabric.

Thanks for the great articles and usable ideas.

Trudy Callan from Spring, Texas writes-

Dress of Vintage Vogue 2858


I wanted to share with you pictures of a dress I made using your Vintage Vogue 2858 Original 1944 Design pattern. I love your retro/vintage patterns. I own several and plan to sew more of them in the future. The pattern wasn’t difficult to sew at all. I think it is a very beautiful design. Thank you for taking the time to reprint these patterns from the past. The styles are timeless and classic; and when made with today’s fabrics, have a very updated look. They are very feminine and unique. Wearing clothes made from these patterns is one way to celebrate who we are as women, with grace and beauty.



Lynn Burns writes-

I’ve been a reader of Vogue Patterns for years. I’m especially enjoying the technique articles you’re including, which are very helpful. My favorite part of the most recent issue? The model for “Working Assets,” pages 74 and 75. She’s beautiful AND she’s a grown-up woman over thirty! Kudos to you for remembering that women are competent, beautiful and sexy at any age.

Suzanne Levinson writes-

In the August/September 2009 edition, you had a article by Patti Palmer. When I make a welt pocket, I put the fashion fabric in the middle of the lining. That way when I sew it, the lining hangs free and then I sew the lining. 

Eva Irene Carlsen writes-

Years ago (in 1982, to be correct) I made a Christmas Calendar for my niece, Nina [from a Vogue Pattern]. Now, Nina has a child herself, a boy named Martin, 4 years of age. Two years ago Nina and her husband took out the calendar, and it was a great success. After last Christmas I had it to look over [and mend] loose bits and pieces, with Martin’s strict order, “OK, aunt Eva may have it now, but we MUST have it back for next Christmas.” I attach a photo of Nina and the calendar.

I also made her a dress from your patterns when she was 5 years of age—long, with ruffles and ribbons—and her comment when she saw it: “Oh, just what I dreamt of.” Unfortunately, the picture of her in that dress is at my house in the country.

So, you see, I have been a fan of Vogue for many years—your patterns give me much pleasure, as do your magazines.

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