Fifth Blogiversary + Giveaway

July 11, 2016 § 40 Comments

1970s Valentino pattern Vogue 2227 detail

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The PatternVault blog turns five today. (It all started with my first post, on Alexander McQueen for Givenchy.) To celebrate my blogiversary, I’m hosting a giveaway of one $25 CAD gift certificate for the PatternVault Etsy shop.

1990s Anna Sui dress pattern Vogue 1619 detail

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To enter, leave a comment with your answer to the question: Of the designers who have licensed (or otherwise authorized) sewing patterns, which one is your favourite?

The giveaway closes Sunday, July 17th at midnight EDT. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, July 18th. Good luck!

Lagerfeld suit pattern Vogue 1719 detail w/ Kristen McMenamy

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§ 40 Responses to Fifth Blogiversary + Giveaway

  • Issey Miyake. Those things are nuts.
    Congratulations on five years!

  • Congrats on 5 years! I find Alexander McQueen fascinating though I’d probably choose a different designer to sew and wear.

  • Betty says:

    Sonia Rykiel

  • I have enjoyed every single post! Thank you so much for authoring such an informative and fun blog!! Although I appreciate all the designers, my favorites remain (1) Diane von Furstenberg and (2) Calvin Klein. Both provided designs in the 70’s that I have been able to wear since they were published (even through all my size changes).

  • Frances Fogel says:

    My favorite designer is Ralph Rucci, who does an occasional style for Vogue. I’m choosing him because I think he is America’s greatest living fashion designer even though, alas, my shape and his creations don’t always go well together! I really enjoy Pattern Vault….keep it coming.

  • Stephanie says:

    I just want to say congratulations. I don’t need to be entered in the draw for a coupon but I have a soft spot for YSL. 🙂

  • Susan says:

    As a girl from the 70s, Halston!!!

  • Susan K. says:

    For me, it has to be Yves Saint Laurent with his iconic Mondrian dress pattern.

  • Fascinated by Claire McCardell, and I like Pierre Cardin, too. Congrats on 5 years!

  • Mary Helen Crowe says:

    Congratulations of 5 years of Pattern Vault! I am fascinated by Claude Montana.

  • sewruth says:

    Oh, I like Issy Miyake and I own a few patterns but I hardly ever make and more importantly wear them! So for sewing and wearing, it has to be Donna Karan (you can guess that I am a little upset…); so I went shopping at Vogue to grab as many DK patterns as I can before they become collectors’ items.
    Thanks for five years’ of insight, information and fabulous patterns – here’s to another five!

  • crab and bee says:

    Happy 5th anniversary! I found your blog earlier this year when I was obsessively researching the McQueen kimono. Still haven’t gotten the nerve up to sew it, but I’ve been enjoying your blog. I tend to like individual designs more than designers, and I have a huge soft spot for Issey Miyake’s sleeping bag coat.

  • Joan says:

    Happy Anniversary. My favorite designer is Yves Saint Laurent and I think Donna Karan came the closest to his imagination and construction.

  • Bella says:

    Happy Anniversary! I have so many favourites, but for now I’ll say Givenchy since that’s the last kind I bought. As for recent releases I really like the Rachel Comey patterns.

  • STH says:

    I think I’d vote for YSL too.

  • Tina Giuntini says:

    Happy Anniversary. I have enjoyed your blog through the years, finding much insight. For me it is Donna Karan – I have several of her patterns and have used them often.

  • Hari says:

    Happy Anniversary! Claire McCardell is my favourite. I only have one of hers, McCall 4228, but if ever there’s a lotto win in my future it will be spent on collecting the rest!

  • bushbunny says:

    A well deserved Bravo! to you. … applause – 5 years! There was the series of licenced patterns by Isabel Toledo in Vogue Attitudes that was very interesting, of course McQueen for Givenchy, but for daily wearables I really like to sew the Tom and Linda Platt line. I am very much looking forward to reading PatternVault blog for the next five years.

  • Sox says:

    Congratulation on your anniversary. Your blog is such a fun read. As for designers, Issey Miyake had some pretty fun stuff.

  • Leslie says:

    Issey Miyake, no doubt! I am entering since July 18 is my birthday and I feel lucky!

  • Elva Robinson says:

    Guy Laroche is my fave. Love the jackets.

  • Congrats to you!
    Donna Karan, no question, I have every pattern published by Vogue for her – a whole file cabinet full and quite a few sewn up 👗

  • Zeila Schmidt says:

    That’s a pretty tough choice, but if I had to take a survey, I’ve probably tied between Donna Karan and Claude Montana.

  • I have a soft spot in my heart for Jo Mattli and Jacques Heim. So many classics in the Vogue Designer series…. How wonderful to be celebrating 5 years. Congratulations!

  • Congratulations on your fifth blogiversary! Issey Miyake are always my favourite patterns. A little twist here, a little fold there, and voila! Clothes!

  • Carol Johnson says:

    I l Iike Donna Karen and DKNY designs so am sad to not be able to get those patterns anymore. I really enjoy your blog and have learned so much!!

  • I definitely love Issey Miyake and Donna Karan easily, but more recently Rachel Comey! So much fabulous design! Congrats on 5 years!

  • Marie Noelle says:

    Happy anniversary!!! One designer is not enough. Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Rucci, Geoffrey Beene, Isabella Toledo, Claude Montana, Christian Lacroix

  • Sue Parrott says:

    Congrats on five years! I used to love sewing with Leslie Fay patterns. That was at least 25 years ago! I haven’t seen one of her patterns in ages.

  • Bobbi says:

    Happy blogiversary! I’m a 70s fan, so my faves are Yves Saint Laurent and Halston, but Anna Sui has released some nice patterns, too.

  • Janet says:

    Tamotsu, because I am an 80’s gal! Happy Anniversary.

  • Linda N says:

    Yes StLaurent or Karl Lagerfeld are my favorites!

  • Patricia Kelley says:

    I only discovered your blog this year, but I love it! My favorite designer of all time was Pierre Cardin. I made a two piece outfit from 1960’s. It was the best sewing job I ever did, but sadly I did not keep it. The fabric was from a famous French house that began with B. Memory fails me. Please keep these coming

  • Gisa says:

    Givenchy… oh yes!
    It’s great to discover all the other favorite designers of my co-commentors :))
    Happy Birthday, PatternVault et big bisous de France :*

  • I like DKNY, but I guess someone else will have to take her place now! Happy Blogversary!

  • Sandflies says:

    Congratulations on your blogiversary.
    My favorite is Edith Head even though she was a ‘costume designer’ she designed patterns for Advance and 1 or 2 for Vogue. I own several of them but have only sewn Advance 8048 and in a moment of pure crazy, converted the jacket to a knitting pattern; I no longer own the jacket but in typing this have decided to make another.

  • MDJ says:

    Congratulations, I have so enjoyed reading your blog. My favorites are Diane von Furstenberg, Jean Muir, Halston, and Dior.

  • lauren says:

    Donna Karan

  • red says:

    I’ve really enjoyed donna karan and rucci. While looking at vintage patterns, I find myself really liking Claude’s jacket patterns. Vogue isn’t really providing nice jacket styles w/flair and difficulty.

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