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Fall 2012 Vogue Pattern Release

23 Oct

I am playing catch up with all of my postings.  I know the vogue fall patterns came out two months ago, but I figure I will do a quick review anyway.  This release was much better than the summer release.  There were a lot of garments with interesting design lines and details.  Here are my picks:

Rebecca Taylor V1316

I love this color blocked dress from Rebecca Taylor in grey, black and brown flannel.  It was from her 2011 F/W collection and the dress was retail at $395.  Instead of breaking the bank to own this dress, you can sew it up for less than the retail price.

Rebecca TaylorV1315

Another Rebecca Taylor dress from her 2011 F/W collection with long sleeves and a scoop neckline in a leopard print.

I feel the Vogue Pattern styling for the Rebecca Taylor dresses are too severe, I prefer a more casual styling which is more appropriate to the look of the brand.

DKNY V1313

A loose fitting dress with an expose front zipper.

For the color blocking of the DKNY dress I would change it up with a bolder, sportier color palette of grey and neon like this Urban Outfitter dress from Lucca Couture.

DKNY V1322

A notch collared cape straight out of DKNY 2011 F/W runway.

If you’re not crazy about color blocking than construct the garments in one color. The same DKNY cape was also produced in a solid color.

Chado Ralph Rucci  V1317

From Chado Ralph Rucci 2011F/W collection, this dress was made in synthetic suede for the runway. I like the Vogue Pattern version in double knit more because it drapes more fluidly on the body.  I read some reviews where some people found the waist tie unflattering because it added bulk to the front.  You can easily change the tie placement to the side (runway version) to minimize the front.

Issey Miyake V1320

This is the long version of the Issey Miyake 2011F/W houndstooth jacket.  I prefer the shorter version but the longer jacket has more versatility as a transitional fall to winter jacket. I saw this Polyvore style board and I thought the person did a great job styling this jacket.  The pop of color with the mustard scarf is a great way to introduce color in a neutral palette wardrobe.


Donna Karen – V1321

Two patterns from Donna Karen’s 2011 F/W Hitchcockian blonde theme collection – the first, a voluminous belted jacket with a shawl collar and the second, a beautifully draped cowled blouse with a side panel pencil skirt.

Donna Karen – V1324

Anne Klein V1325

A chic suit set from Anne Klein that includes the jacket, the blouse and the pants.  I especially love the tie blouse in this set.


Disappointing Summer 2012 Vogue Release

10 May

The title explains how I feel about the new vogue summer pattern release – not a lot of new interesting designs.  In fact, some of the new patterns feel like variation of old ones.  Like the Rebecca Taylor V1299 which has a bodice flounce similar to the Badgley Mischka v1288 or the DKNY v1300 which has the same silhouette to Anna Sui v1217.  And don’t even get me started on the Kay Unger patterns, which are starting to look alike.  I don’t understand why the same silhouette is chosen all the time for the Kay Unger pattern release when the label also makes separates,  A line dresses, floor length dresses and dresses with sleeves.    Despite my disappointment, there were some good patterns in the mix and a new designer added on to the list.

My Picks


I have never been crazy about the collage of fabrics in Koos Couture garments.  But I do have an appreciation for the design and construction techniques he uses to bring his art to life.  Koos’ newest pattern doesn’t disappoint.  In fact, it’s more commercial than his usual patterns.  It’s a 70s boho chic dress that can be worn multiple ways by arranging the ties differently.  It’s a versatile dress. Personally, I would construct this garment in one fabric instead of the collage of fabric shown on the model.


I always have a soft spot for Issey Miyake and Chado Ralph Rucci patterns because of the technical complexity in their work.  The tunic top from Issey Miyake is quite unusual with the front and the back cut as one piece. The top should be easy to sew up since there are no seams except for the zipper placement.


The Chado Ralph Rucci pattern is also a simple design with a pullover top and a bias skirt that ties in the front.


I really love this vintage pattern because is classic enough that it doesn’t look dated.  This dress is perfect as a bridesmaid dress or even a dress to wear at a wedding or a summer BBQ.


The classic shirtdress with different detail options is a great addition to any sewer’s wardrobe.  The sleeve and skirt option makes this pattern flattering for all shape and sizes.


One of the new trends for this summer is the long back shirt or dress.  I am not a fan of the V8809 dress but I am a fan of the V8821 top and pants.  I love the fullness in the back of the V8821 top.  It’s a dramatic take on the long back trend that I haven’t seen before.


This Claire Schaffer pattern reminds me of an article she did for Thread magazine a couple years back on the construction techniques of a Chanel jacket.  I haven’t bought the pattern but I assume the construction instruction will be similar to the Thread article with an accompanied  pattern to work with.


I am a sucker for stripe fabrics and garments.  I love the bias placement of the stripe on the side panels, matching it perfectly to the vertical stripes on the front.  I can’t get over how perfectly they matched  those stripes.  Ahhh…stripe heaven.

New Designer


Vogue added a new designer on their pattern roster, Lialia by Julia Alarcon .  I would describe her design as architectural in a young modern way.  I love the seaming and draping she does on some of her designs however, a few of her designs are body conscious.

V1304 is from Julia Alarcon’s spring 2011 and fall 2010 collection.  For her spring 2011 collection, she constructed the dress in two colors and for her fall 2010 collection she did it in solid colors.  Very cute dress but I would make a muslin before making it with your final fabric because there might be fit issue with the bust and/or shoulder depending on your cup size and your frame.


V1305 is from Julia’s spring 2011 collection.  I really wanted to like this dress but it’s not flattering at all, not even on this model.  The length and the side ruching emphasize every lump and bump plus it shortens you unless you are 6 feet tall with a very thin build.  I actually would like this dress better if it was shorten to above the knee, which the designer actually did (check photos below) and it looks soo much better.  If you buy this pattern, take my advice and shorten it.

New Vogue Spring 2012 Patterns

28 Jan

My picks from the new pattern release:

Donna Karen
Love this dress with all the intricate seaming.

Donna Karen
Love the draping and the color combo of white and navy.  My favorite pattern out of this release.

Donna Karen
I love the cowl top but I am not sure about the skirt with the gathers across the bottom.

Tom and Linda Platt
70s inspired jersey dress with a modern twist with the curve seaming and gathers.

Guy Laroche
It looks amazing on the model, but I am not sure if it would on me.

Tracy Reese
Wrap dress with an interesting shape neckline.

Tracy Reese
Yikes!  This fabric doesn’t pair well with this design.  I love the dress but not the fabric.

Love this dress. Its silhouette is similar to Donna Karen V1220 pattern.

Badgley Mischka
Rollin rollin rollin in the river…I want to dance to Proud Mary in this dress channeling Tina Turner.

Pamella Roland
Asymmetrical draping, a modern take on the Grecian dress.

Bellville Sassoon
Love the folds and pleats of this structural collar on the top.

Today Fit’s by Sandra Betzina
I must confess that I have never been interested in Sandra Betzina’s patterns until this blouse pattern came along.  This blouse is flattering for all shapes and sizes and conceals a multitude of sins.

Men’s Jeans
I have always wanted to make a pair of jeans for my husband but was too lazy to draft a pattern from scratch.  Now I have no excuse.  This pattern comes in both boot-legged and tapered fit.

Vogue Winter/Holiday 2011

30 Sep

I was doing some last-minute pattern shopping online before the Vogue (3.88), McCall(2.88) and Butterick(1.88) sale ended and right before midnight they posted new patterns just as I finished paying for my purchase.  Arggghhh….I could have purchase the new ones.  Now I have to wait for the next sale.  Pretty good line up for this October.  Here are my picks:

Pamella Roland

Business in the front, party in the back.  I love the mix of the tuxedo lapel on the front and  the wild skirt flounces/godets on the back.  My favorite out of the new releases.

   Pamella Roland

Interesting use of  contrasting fabric meshing tulle and metallic fabric.

Tom and Linda Platt

Asymmetrical hemline and detailing  on the shoulder and waist.  Very chic and sophisticated.

Vogue Easy Options

The lace dress is big this year so it’s appropriate that Vogue Pattern jumped on the bandwagon and sell us a pattern with four variations of the lace dress, my favorite being the one the model is wearing.

Vintage Vogue

Nope, it isn’t a pattern from the early 80’s, even though this picture looks like it is, but from the 40’s (I think).  I love the cut of the jacket and it would look amazing with a pair of skinny jeans.  I  purchase this pattern for just the jacket alone.

Vogue Wardrobe

My wardrobe barely consists of business wear.  But if one day I had to acquire a wardrobe looking like a business professional this would be my go to pattern.

Very Easy Very Vogue

I love the whole color blocking trend this year.   If you hate it you can sew this dress up in one color.

Very Easy Very Vogue

Another color blocking pattern!  Though the model in the picture is wearing the solid color version of this top.

Vogue Pants

I have been obsessing over owning a pair of great fitting red jeans that doesn’t cost over fifty dollars.  This pattern might just end my obsession.  Hopefully the fit is a good as it looks on the model.

Vogue Bag

Another huge trend of 2011, the cross body bag, a little late on the delivery but satisfying none the less.  I can’t tell you how many of these bags I own and bought this year.  I have a brown bag from H&M, olive-green from Nine West, black quilted from Mango, silver from Coach and another in a snake print from Coach and to tell you the truth I am still not sick of the cross body bag.  I have to say this is one of the most fashion forward accessory pattern Vogue Pattern has released in a while.