New vogue patterns – an excuse to feel very smug

A few weeks back Vogue brought out their Fall 2012 patterns. Several other blogs have already commented on the somewhat uninspiring and very oddly photographed collection! But, given that I am going to be starting my sewing course in less than 3 weeks, and also because I think I need to increase my sewing repertoire, I thought I should order some new patterns.

Now, I could be looking in the wrong places, but I have not seen the new Fall (that’s Autumn for us Brits) collection on a UK website. Certainly not on the usual UK website that I use to order patterns. So when I saw that the Vogue Patterns website based in the USA was having a MASSIVELY discounted sale on ALL the vogue patterns (including the new collection), I decided to be brave and order some. Here’s the link to Vogue Patterns.

Here’s what I ordered from the new collection:

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Vogue V1317 by Chado Ralph Rucci

This might be a bit beyond my capabilities right now….but something to work towards. Made up in a burgundy suede?

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Vogue V8836 trousers

I have never sewn a pair of trousers before…this is a Very Easy Vogue pattern, so I thought it might be a good place to start.

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Vogue V8831 top

Again, a Very Easy Vogue pattern, which I thought would be good to wear over skinny jeans.

From the Summer collection I ordered these two patterns:

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Vogue V1300 DKNY dress

Again, this is in the “average” category….but I might be able to manage it.

Peplums are still everywhere, which is why I ordered the following top from the summer collection and a pencil skirt pattern to go with it:

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Vogue V8815 peplum top
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Vogue V8672 pencil skirt

And finally, this dress pattern, which I thought was cute and potentially could be varied lots of ways:

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Vogue V8787 dress

The total cost for all the patterns, including shipping, was $52 (about £32), whereas from my usual website it would have cost me about £80 full price. And I didn’t get charged tax. And it took a week from ordering them to delivery. So that is the reason for my smugness. Let’s see if the smugness continues after I start sewing things.

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

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