Have You Tried Vogue's Designer Patterns?

As many of you will know, Vogue has a range of patterns that are designed by prominent fashion designers like Donna Karan, Tracy Reese, Rachel Comey, Rebecca Taylor, and more.  This week's 'Outfit of the Week' is Vogue 1379 - designed by Tracy Reese. 

Have you tried one of Vogue's designer patterns?  I have to confess that I haven't. Not for any particular reason: I suppose that there's just so many patterns out there and a Vogue designer pattern has just never jumped to the top of my sewing queue.  I've been thinking more and more, though, that I'd really like to try one.  Over the years, I have heard bloggers enthuse about them, particularly regarding the interesting sewing techniques that are often used in these patterns - techniques drawn from high-end ready-to-wear.  Recently, a post by Meg on McCall's blog provided some details regarding how these patterns are drawn up.  She explained that, in sewing a Vogue designer pattern: "You are actually re-creating the garment as designed by the designer. That’s because we have the original designer sample garment at our studios and when we write the instructions, we’re having you replicate the designer garment. No short cuts for home sewers, in other words. Occasionally we may make a minor modification if the designer garment has a detail that most home sewers can’t accomplish on non-industrial machines, but nine times out of ten we don’t change things up. So you’re making garments just as Donna Karan, Ralph Rucci or Rebecca Taylor designed them. Which is pretty cool"

I agree - pretty neat!  I have always loved trying new techniques - particularly ones from the world of couture and high-end ready-to-wear - so this is right up my alley. 


Getting back to this week's 'Outfit of the Week', if you're thinking of trying one of Vogue's designer patterns, this is a good one to start with, as it's rated 'easy'!  It's designed by Tracy Reese and it's such a great design, with lots of fun details - a front neckline slit, tabs at the neckline, a yoke with forward shoulder seams, and a built-in camisole. There are no side seams: instead, there are princess seams down the front which feature in-seam pockets and deep slits from the mid-thigh to the hem.  The insides are beautifully finished with French seams.

Inspiration images from here and here 


The pattern finishes below the knee.  However, it should be relatively easy to lengthen this pattern, if you'd prefer a maxi-length.

This pattern can be sewn in both lightweight wovens and knits.  In the illustrations above and below, I've shown it in some of our crepes and jerseys.  To find out more about this week's outfit - and to see the pattern and the recommended fabrics - click here.

Inspiration images from here and here 


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September 18, 2015 by Amy Lloyd
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