And the Winner Is…

July 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

Vogue 1440 by Donna Karan

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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.

Vogue 2558 by Claude Montana

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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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Fifth Anniversary Sale!

May 28, 2016 § Leave a comment

Yves Saint Laurent Fall 1978 haute couture - Vogue 2183

Yves Saint Laurent haute couture in Vogue Patterns, May/June 1979. Photo: Arthur Elgort. Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

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.

1920s evening dress pattern Vogue 9943 (1929)

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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.

Happy shopping!

1960 bathing suit + skirt pattern Vogue 9995

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Hat Trick!

January 13, 2016 § 12 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.

Update: see the Press section for the full article.

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

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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

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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!

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