Vogue Patterns Magazine Submission Guidelines

Vogue Patterns magazine publishes six issues a year for an audience of dedicated fashion sewing enthusiasts. Our readers range from ambitious beginners to lifelong sewing veterans, and are located all over the world. They come to us for quality techniques, inspiring fashion and accessory projects, and authoritative information on tools, resources, and supplies that will improve their skills and make their sewing more enjoyable. We’re not afraid of complicated, time-consuming projects or advanced techniques, but we look for a balance of detailed technical material and quicker, simpler projects and articles in each issue.

If you would like to write for Vogue Patterns, send a brief summary of your idea to editor@voguepatterns.com with the topic and "article pitch" in the subject line. Please let us know a little bit about your background and sewing experience, and how you plan to execute your proposed article. Sewing knowledge comes from many sources, and we do not require any formal training or qualifications from our writers. We just want to see excellent work. If you have links to previously published work, please include those as well. Images can be included if they help to explain your idea, but please do not attach other types of files unless we have specifically requested them.

General Sewing Articles

We’re interested in articles on fashion sewing and embellishment techniques, tools, notions, and equipment, fitting, fabrics and materials, and project and wardrobe planning. Your article should present a fresh take on your topic of choice, whether that means a new method, a different application, or a new way of explaining a favorite technique or idea. Articles may reflect ready-to-wear, couture, or more unorthodox methods, but at minimum all techniques should result in a clean, polished finish. We cater to a range of skill levels, but your article can assume some basic knowledge of sewing and terminology.
 

Project Articles

We’re looking for projects that inspire people to sew. We welcome different personal styles and aesthetics, as long as your finished garment or accessory is modern, stylish, and well-executed.
            Project articles consist of a finished, photographed sample and detailed instructions. Although we tend to feature projects that use or complement Vogue Patterns or our sibling brands, we want more than a simple rehash of the pattern envelope. Your article should inform, inspire, or unlock new creative directions. Unexpected fabric choices, novel closures, alternative techniques, and unique embellishments are welcome. We love pattern hacks, and anything that makes us look at a basic design in a new way.
            The introduction to your article should explain the thinking behind the project, reflecting your inspiration, creative process, or any relevant background. Technical instructions may take the form of simple numbered steps, or a more narrative process, depending on your style. They should be sufficient for readers to replicate the project as shown, but also contain ideas or principles that can be applied to a broad range of sewing projects. Our readers are creative and knowledgeable, and they want to make the project their own.
            We are a fashion sewing magazine, and in any given issue the majority of our content will directly relate to garment and accessory sewing. We may occasionally consider craft and decorative projects, but are very selective with regard to the taste level and overall aesthetic of the finished object.
 

Other Types of Articles

We are also open to articles about fashion and sewing history, profiles of inspiring sewists and designers, informative articles and reviews relevant to a fashion sewing audience, and short, well-written personal narratives and essays about sewing. If you have an idea for something else that you think would interest our readers, we'd love to hear about it!
 

Editing

All articles will be edited for style, length, and content by the VPM staff. We will work with you to ensure your materials are clear, accurate, and appropriate for our audience, so that your work is presented in the best possible light. If your article will contain historical background or other factual content, please be prepared to provide sources for your information. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about the editing process.

Visual Materials

When pitching a project or article, please let us know if you will be providing your own visual aids. Many of our authors send samples of materials or techniques to be photographed in our studio, while others prefer to send finished photos or art. If you wish to supply your own photography or illustrations, we require high-resolution images suitable for reproduction at 300dpi. If you did not personally create any of the submitted materials, you must have explicit (preferably written) permission from the copyright owner. If your article will require us to commission additional samples or art, this can be discussed on a case-by-case basis.
 

Payment

We believe in fairly compensating creators for their work. Fees for specific contributions will be agreed upon at the time the article is assigned.