June/July 2009

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

Laura M. Henkes writes -

I work part time for Hancock Fabrics. Recently, students have been coming in with a list of laces and trims. They need to obtain samples and pricing for their project. Here is their list: Loop Braid, Scroll Braid, Gimp Braid, Rick Rack, Insertion Lace, Galloon Lace, Edging Lace, Beading Lace and Medallion Lace. We were able to figure out most of these. I have looked up each of these terms on the internet in am attempt to get finite definitions for each.

Question: What is the difference between insertion lace and beading lace? Internet results seemed to fit both terms. Only one place to go for an answer: Vogue Patterns Magazine! Can you advise me?

Response from the Editors - In the April/May '09 issue of VPM, Linda Griepentrog's article titled The Language of Lace, featured photos and descriptions of both the laces you are confused about. Here's a recap: Beading features ladder- or buttonhole-like openings through which ribbon can be threaded. It's often used in combinations with other laces and trims in heirloom sewing. Insertion lace, sometimes called Entredeux, is designed to be sewn between two pieces of fabric and is also very popular for heirloom sewing. It has unfinished fabric edges that act as 'seam allowances' when stitching it to garment edges. The inner lace design of Insertion is often openwork squares or rectangles that resemble Beading and can have ribbon woven through the openings in the same manner.










Barbara Kilpatrick writes -

Your Vogue Pattern magazine came at a very opportune moment. I'm in the midst of designing dance costumes and my mind was drawing a blank. While Chado Ralph Rucci's detailing is lost on a dance audience, it makes the sculptor in me salivate, and get right back to work! I'm a visual artist who has collaborated with dancers and sound designers for the past 15 years, and find myself behind my sewing machine more often than I could have imagined when I first threaded my mother's 1951 Singer Featherweight. Vogue is my pattern of choice--I modify and reconstruct for dance needs, sometimes with added yardage, sometimes removing a zipper here and there and always (so it seems...) using inappropriate fabric. Yes!! We sewers are still out there! And our numbers are increasing! We love what you do! Thank you!

Lisa Swenson writes -

I loved your article in the new Vogue Pattern magazine about fabric and notion stores in New York. I live about an hour from San Francisco and I would love to know what stores are available in the San Francisco area. I would appreciate any help you can give me.

Carolyn Wibe from Cedar Rapids, IA writes -

I just finished reading the Feb/March article on NYC shops to visit. I am from the midwest, and was excited to see this article because I will be visiting NYC soon and was wondering how to get the inside scoop. Thanks for saving me a lot of digging. I realize you are based out of New York, but do you have any resources on Chicago area as well? I have been searching the internet, but can't seem to find good information on fashion fabric and notion retailers. I enjoy your magazine and have always found Vogue Patterns to be fashion forward and interesting.

Response from the Editors - We are planning more "destination" fabric shopping stories for future issues and will definitely be covering San Francisco and Chicago. We invite all of our readers to send us information on their favorite fabric stores, no matter where they are located, and we'll share your "great finds" with your fellow readers. Thanks.

Linda Kiely from Hamilton, Ontario writes -

Thank you for the great article on fabric stores and shopping in NYC. Truly an exciting few pages to read...so much so, that I am going to visit as soon as I can.

Would you be kind enough to "suggest" a few suitable hotels in the area where a shopper from out of town can find accommodation while "on safari", please? That suggestion would have been a key thing to add into your article. In the Big Apple, it would be great to have some accommodations at hand in order to make the most of the visit.

Response from the Editors - Since Kathryn Brenne, who researched and wrote the article on fabric stores in NYC, is a fellow Canadian and frequent visitor to the Big Apple, we decided to ask Kathryn's opinion on accommodations. Here's what she had to say:

I usually stay at the Holiday Inn Midtown on 57th Street and 9th Avenue, but it isn't really close to the fabric district. On my last trip to NYC I checked out the new Wingate by Wyndham Manhattan Midtown, 235 West 35th Street, (212) 967-7500. I haven't stayed there yet but the location is excellent, right in the garment district. I thought it would be great for dropping parcels off and taking a break while fabric shopping. I checked the reviews on the internet and they seemed favourable. I think we can safely recommend it.


Jeanne from East Northport, NY writes -

Thank you for the wonderful tribute to David Sassoon (Apr/May 2009 issue). I was so surprised to see a photo of the Belinda Bellville 1828 pattern from the 1967 cover of Vogue (p.20). My mother made that dress for me in red satin, many years ago, and I still have it today. It's such a beautiful design-just timeless!! Thanks for another great issue of Vogue,

Shelly B from Australia writes -

My preference has been for Vogue Patterns since I started sewing as a teenager because of your classical styles and the best instructions. Your instructions make "Advanced" as easy as "Very Easy". My problem now is with getting the bust sizing right without buying a larger sized pattern that is larger everywhere else. Resizing is difficult and time consuming. Vogue Patterns are based on a standard cup size B. However, these days, most women average cup size D, either naturally or with a little help. Can Vogue Patterns please upgrade their bust sizing to at least a cup size C, or even better, include bodices of various cup sizes.

            I notice that someone has already requested overlapping of multi- sized patterns for people that are half-way between sizes, or sometimes change between sizes, depending on style of pattern, in US August/Sept 2008 (Australian Jan/Feb 2009) issue. I would like to lend my support to this request also, and really hope that Vogue Patterns do follow through with this, and the above request. Thank you in anticipation.

Julie Taylor from Vacaville, CA writes -

I have loved Vogue Patterns and Vogue Patterns magazine for more than thirty years. However, I have noticed with some dismay that the number of new patterns for petite sizes has dwindled considerably. It's very disappointing to open the latest issue of your magazine, only to find that the latest offerings, including gorgeous designer patterns, are available only in Misses sizes. I hope that this situation will be rectified soon.

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



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