Hat Trick!

January 13, 2016 § 10 Comments

It’s official…

Image via Vogue Patterns magazine on Facebook.

…this month marks the third time I’ve been featured in Vogue Patterns magazine. I’m the Star Blogger in the current issue, for February/March 2016.

Sarah Sheehan / PatternVault press coverage in Vogue Patterns magazine, 2011 - 2016

Thanks to Daryl Brower for the lovely profile. The issue is on newsstands now; you can see a digital preview here.

Zandra Rhodes pattern V1491 on the cover of Vogue Patterns magazine, 2016 spring preview issue

Vogue Patterns, February/March 2016.

Richard Avedon and Sally Victor: Simplicity Pattern Book, 1950

November 29, 2015 § 5 Comments

1950s Simplicity Pattern Book detail

Photo: Richard Avedon. Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

During his early period as a fashion photographer, Richard Avedon (1923-2004) did some work for Simplicity, including the Fall-Winter 1950 issue of Simplicity Pattern Book:

Fall-Winter 1950 Simplicity Patterb Book - cover by Richard Avedon

Simplicity Pattern Book, Fall-Winter 1950. Photo: Richard Avedon. Image via vintage4me2 on eBay.

The suit is Simplicity 3310, made in Botany flannels and worn with “[m]atching hat designed for Simplicity by Sally Victor,” Simplicity 3322.

Inside, the hat is shown photographed by Halley Erskine:

1950s Sally Victor hat pattern Simplicity 3322 in Simplicity Pattern Book

Make your own hat from a Sally Victor design. Simplicity Pattern Book, Fall-Winter 1950. Photos: Halley Erskine.

The back cover is a Botany ad, apparently from the same Avedon photo shoot:

1950s Botany ad featuring Simplicity 3322 and 3310

Botany advertisement on the back cover of Simplicity Pattern Book, Fall-Winter 1950.

I have a Canadian copy of Simplicity 3322 in the shop, printed with a special Chatelaine magazine logo:

1950s Sally Victor hat and bag pattern, Simplicity 3322

Simplicity 3322 by Sally Victor (1950) Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

For more on Sally Victor see my Mad Men-era millinery post.

Fourth Blogiversary + Sale

July 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

1970s Bob Mackie pattern, McCall's 6577

Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

Today marks four years since my first post on this blog. To celebrate my blogiversary I’m having a flash sale in the PatternVault Etsy shop.

I’ve been busy restocking the store with disco / American Hustle-style 1970s and ultra-rare 1920s Vogue patterns like this godet frock:

1920s Vogue dress pattern - Vogue 8514, circa 1926

Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

The sale runs through next Saturday, July 18th—25% off with coupon code YEARTHEFOURTH. Your purchase helps support the research on this blog.

Happy shopping!

Fourth Anniversary Sale!

May 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

To celebrate the four-year anniversary of my Etsy shop, I’m having a week-long sale: 25% off everything in the store—including new items like vintage YSL patterns and rare 1930s patterns.

PatternVault shop - spring 2015

To receive the discount, use the coupon code YEARTHEFOURTH. The sale runs from today, May 28th, until midnight EDT on Wednesday, June 3rd. Your purchase helps support the research on this blog.

Happy shopping!

Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

And the Winner Is…

July 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

Detail from McCall Style News, January 1939. Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

The results of my random number generator are in! The lucky number is 20, and the winner of my blogiversary giveaway of a choice of 5 PatternVault e-booklets is:

sewsable (the 20th person to comment—Rachelle of Warming crafts)

Congratulations, Rachelle! I’ll send you an e-mail with the details on claiming your e-booklets.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway. Thanks especially for all of your kind regards, suggestions, and feedback! The most-mentioned favourite post types/topics were the designer histories and vintage hats and accessories. You can expect more pattern history and millinery in the coming months.

As a thank you to all of you, I’m having a flash sale in my Etsy shop through this Sunday, July 20th—25% off with coupon code YEARTHETHIRD.

Detail from Vogue Patterns leaflet, December 1931. Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

Third Blogiversary + Giveaway

July 11, 2014 § 36 Comments

1930s Vogue Patterns booklet, December 15, 1931

Vogue Patterns booklet, December 15, 1931. Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

Today marks three years since my first post on this blog. To celebrate my blogiversary I’m throwing a giveaway: one lucky reader will win 5 instant downloads from the PatternVault Etsy shop.

1930s T. Eaton Co. Paris and Style Patterns booklet showing Augustabernard pattern 2311

Paris and Style Patterns booklet, June 1934. Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

To enter, leave a comment mentioning what you’d like to see more of on the blog. The giveaway closes Monday, July 14th at midnight EDT. The winner will be chosen at random and announced this Tuesday, July 15th.

Third Anniversary Sale!

May 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

Tara Shannon models Vogue 2307 by Givenchy (1979)

Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

To celebrate the three-year anniversary of my Etsy shop, I’m having a week-long sale: 25% off everything in the store—including new items and PDF e-booklets.

To receive the discount, use the coupon code YEARTHETHIRD. The sale runs from today, May 28th, until midnight EDT on Tuesday, June 3rd.

Happy shopping!

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