We talked about my beloved Threads magazine a while back, and I thought it was time I gave Vogue Patterns magazine its due. I used to think this publication was just a glorified advertisement for Vogue Patterns (and let's be honest, a lot of it is). But I've actually read a couple issues lately instead of just ignorantly judging (I know, so unlike me!) and I'm impressed. In addition to the hit-or-miss fashion spreads, there are a lot of fantastic techniques-based articles.
I think it's worth it for Clare Schaeffer's regular column alone - in this issue, it's about using self-fabric trim on Chanel-style jackets. There's also a detailed article on full bust adjustments with great pictures (not for me, but I know a lot of you ladies would love it), and an informative piece on the ruffler foot.
Things I'm not so crazy about are their "Accessories Updates" (if I wanted to look at a bunch of tchkotchkes and geegaws I could buy in a chain store, I'd read Lucky), and their styling can get a little hokey at times. Just look at the nautical spread this month: some of it is gorgeous, like Vogue 8577 done up in a crisp blue and white polka dot. (Must. have. this. pattern.)
But then there's pure cheesiness: a navy jacket complete with a gaudy anchor crest and military-style buttons? A classic dress done up in this fabric? (If you squint, you'll see that those are little life preservers, anchors, and other nautical emblems. Literal much, Vogue?)
Yikes. I can only think of one place where I'd like to see that print, and that's on the curtains of a toddler's bedroom.
Anyway, back to the positive. The thing I like about their styled pattern spreads is that I'll often discover a pattern I wouldn't have noticed before, like the shirtwaist above. This, combined with the excellent technical stuff makes this magazine a worthwhile read, I think. I don't subscribe yet, but I think I'm on the verge. (Hint to Vogue: if you could offer something more substantial than a 10% off a subscription with a Club BMV membership, I'd sign up for both in a heartbeat! But I know times are tough right now.)
How about you? Are you a regular reader or subscriber?