October/November 2009

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Amanda Harte writes-

I’ve been a subscriber to Vogue Patterns for more than thirty years and wouldn’t wear anything other than clothing made from a Vogue pattern. Your magazine is wonderful, brimming with beautiful patterns as well as truly helpful how-to articles. Only one thing has disappointed me, and that’s the absence of Pattern Gallery from the last two issues. I noticed that it was a few pages shorter in the April/ May issue and was totally gone in the June/July and August/September issues. Please bring it back! I often found designs I liked in those extra pages of patterns.

Barb Wasko writes-

You hit the jackpot this month: how to make welt pockets (with Pati Palmer no less!), how to put in an invisible zipper and “hats off, knitting for charity.”

I love football and love to knit, so I do them at the same time. Last year I knitted a few stocking hats for a homeless shelter. Then I thought, well for next Christmas I would knit a hat for each of the 32 NFL football teams and donate those. The left over yarn is going into more hats for another charity. So I am sharing with you the picture of my hats. I make my own Christmas cards, and this is the picture I will put on the front. Thanks for your story on knitting hats.

Lauren Rusten writes -

I just read a blurb about “destination” fabric shopping in your latest issue and I decided there is one store that was too good not to share. Fabrique! Fashion Fabrics is a store in Richardson, Texas that carries a wide range of couture fabrics. I have been going to them for the past two years now and after every visit I leave motivated to conquer my next project. They have a small staff that will help with any sort of problem whether it is design, fabric choice, or construction! However, when I don’t feel like getting out of the house I just go to their website: www.fabriquefabrics.com where I can shop, order, or email them any question I have!!

Sharon Donahoe writes -

I’ve been a subscriber to Vogue Patterns for over 25 years and I’ve learned so many new techniques from the many articles. I sew for my family and make most of my daughter’s professional wardrobe. She enjoys the magazine as much as I do. Of course, she is looking for the latest in styles that Mom can sew for her.

Over the years, I’ve tried to use the invisible zipper in my garments with varying degrees of success. The article “Mastering the Invisible Zipper” is fantastic. When this issue arrived I was in the process of making Vogue Pattern 8417. I followed the article, step by step and what wonderful results. The zipper went in easily and looks great.

I frequently use the Wonder Tape to hold patch pockets in place while topstitching but had never thought of using it on the invisible zipper.

Now I’m eager to try the article on welt pockets and plan to share information from both these articles with our local American Sewing Guild Neighborhood Group.

Thank you for a great magazine. Keep up the good work.

Shirley McFarland from Wentzville, MO writes -

I have been sewing for many years, and have finally reached a comfortable level of competency—except pants fitting. I come close but never that perfect fit. The problem is always that elusive crotch curve. Jean Haas has solved it. Her method really works!

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



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