Monday, September 08, 2014

Carven + Vogue: A Love Story

Though not officially, it seems that McCall's and its Vogue pattern division has had a little crush on Carven designer Guillaume Henry. First, there was this delicious little dress from the Spring 2013 Ready To Wear collection that showed up in its books as Vogue 8900:
Spring 2013 RTW

Vogue 8900 OOP
The style lines were on-point, including those curvilinear princess seams in the skirt. Unfortunately, not enough sewists purchased the pattern Vogue provided and it is already OOP. However, the Internet is our friend and you can still locate it if you wish. Just imagine it in the fabrics used in the collection; a textured raffia linen and a great Toile de Jouy print. However, don't let the cut-outs intimidate you (which I think was the reason for the pattern's unpopularity), version A has them inset with fabric for a little trompe l'oiel action.

Vogue 8900 OOP
Now, it seems Vogue has interpreted a dress detail from both the Carven Fall 2012 RTW and Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2012 RTW collections. Edit: Also the 2012 Pre-Fall Jonathan Saunders collection. How did I not notice until now that these were all in the same season? Anyway, this lovely bodice design incorporated a dart structure I remember first seeing on patterns from the 1950-60s.
It has become Vogue 9020, a separates pattern that again may not make a lot of fans due to it's exceedingly dull envelope illustration.


Instead, consider how Carven's 2012 Fall RTW collection shows this front dart on a variety of dresses in different silhouettes with varied skirt designs and in multiple types of fabrics, including velvet and laser-cut lace.

Believe it or not, but both dresses above are based on the same bodice design, only with the center seam open for a few inches vertically. Imagine the vertical area between the two horizontal darts in Vogue 9020 as a large bound buttonhole, perhaps.
Oh, what a versatile pattern, right?

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Volunteer for Vintage Pattern Reproductions!

The McCall Pattern Company contacted me about Vogue Special Design S-4305, a vintage pattern that I own. See my post on it here.

I had contacted them a year ago and offered up two patterns for reproduction after reading this post on the blog Pattern-Vault about the author's experience lending a pattern that they had just republished. I sent my email with some pattern images attached in January of 2013 and they just contacted me June 2nd of this year. So if you've also sent them images, hang in there. Hopefully, the delay is because they're getting swamped with excellent submissions!

Another blogger bringing attention to this cause is Lauramae of Lilacs & Lace. She has made up quite a few of the Vintage Vogue patterns in her day. For yet another take on it, check this informative post from the Pattern Junkie in 2010.


I wish I could say the reason I did this was because I'm altruistic and wanted everyone to have a chance at owning this pattern. But no, it was because I had wanted this pattern so much that I bought it even though it wasn't in my size. Therefore, when they reissue it, I will receive a copy that is actually in MY size. Yeah!

So just a reminder to those holding onto awesome vintage patterns from Butterick, McCall's or Vogue that you only take out of their archival sleeves two times a year and dare to pet and/or breathe on for a few precious seconds, perhaps consider packing them up and lending them for a few months to the McCall Pattern Company for reproduction. Especially, if you have any of the ones requiring inside corsets, intricate boning, wildly-shaped pattern pieces and luxurious draped fabric, all those great design details that don't show up that often in modern pattern design (not even in indie patterns). We need those touches of imagination to spur on our own creative sparks.

Please think of us sewists out there trolling eBay dreaming of the vintage patterns going for $100 and up. Some (most) of those prices are ridiculous and those prices drop as soon as Vogue reissues one of those patterns so...
Here are a few I would love to see in my size:

Vogue 5486
McCall's 4331

Vogue 9803

McCall's 7208

McCall's 5883

Do you have any of these and are you willing to lend them to the cause?

Friday, August 29, 2014

I'm Still Here...

Hints of things to come:



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Taking A Little Break...

Wow, for a while there I thought I was getting my groove back but I haven't been able to sew for quite some time. It's so frustrating because I'm so close, like 2-3 hours away (including hand sewing the inner waistband and the hem) from finishing my first Grainline Moss. You know how it's taken me forever to get to this point.

Two weeks ago, my father fell ill and was in the hospital for nearly that whole time. He's been home since last Thursday. Since I work a weird part-time schedule I was stopping by the hospital before and after work to spend time with him and spending the majority of my days off there too. Now that he's home, he still needs some care, though to be honest, sometimes I think he's milking it a bit.

I'm still finding little blocks of time to check out your blogs and your makes because it's my only joy right now. So everybody else, keep sewing and showing me what I could be doing! The McCall Pattern company trip and MPB Day make me envious but happy that others got to enjoy those events. One day, one day...

Hopefully, my Dad will keep improving and our schedules can get back to normal. Take care!