November 28, 2016 § Leave a comment
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Truman Capote’s legendary Black and White Ball. (Read Amy Fine Collins’ article for the 30th.)
To mark the occasion, I’m having a flash sale in the PatternVault Etsy shop.
The sale runs through today only—20% off with coupon code CAPOTE. Your purchase helps support the research on this blog.
July 18, 2016 § Leave a comment
The results of my random number generator are in! The lucky number is 10, and the winner of my blogiversary giveaway is:
Mary Helen Crowe (the 10th person to comment)
Congratulations, Mary! I’ll send you an e-mail with the details on claiming your gift certificate.
Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway. It was fun hearing about your favourite pattern designers. Your most-mentioned designer was Donna Karan (9), followed by Yves Saint Laurent (7) and Issey Miyake (6), dark horse Claude Montana (4), and Halston and Ralph Rucci, who tied for fifth place (3). (Honourable mentions go to Pierre Cardin, Rachel Comey, DVF, Givenchy, Claire McCardell, Alexander McQueen, and Isabel Toledo.)
And of course, thanks for reading and commenting on this blog for the past 5 years! As a thank-you to all of you, I’m having a flash sale in my Etsy shop through this Thursday, July 21th—30% off with coupon code YEARTHEFIFTH.
July 11, 2016 § 40 Comments
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.
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!
May 28, 2016 § Leave a comment
To celebrate the five-year anniversary of my Etsy shop, I’m having a sale: 30% off everything, including new items like rare 1920s Vogue patterns.
To receive the discount, use the coupon code YEARTHEFIFTH. The sale runs from today, May 28th, until midnight EDT on Friday, June 3rd. Your purchase helps support the research on this blog.
January 13, 2016 § 12 Comments
…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.
Thanks to Daryl Brower for the lovely profile. The issue is on newsstands now; you can see a digital preview here.
Update: see the Press section for the full article.
November 29, 2015 § 5 Comments
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:
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:
The back cover is a Botany ad, apparently from the same Avedon photo shoot:
I have a Canadian copy of Simplicity 3322 in the shop, printed with a special Chatelaine magazine logo:
For more on Sally Victor see my Mad Men-era millinery post.
July 11, 2015 § Leave a comment
I’ve been busy restocking the store with disco / American Hustle-style 1970s and ultra-rare 1920s Vogue patterns like this godet frock:
The sale runs through next Saturday, July 18th—25% off with coupon code YEARTHEFOURTH. Your purchase helps support the research on this blog.