New Look

Vogue 1245 1Jan1954

I’m delighted to introduce my blog redesign. Bear with me as I tweak seven years’ worth of content.

The new format has a more streamlined navigation, as well as increased space for images and an improved mobile experience.

I’ve also added a tip jar. Your contribution can help me maintain this blog without advertising. Thank you!

Let me know what you think, and stay tuned for updates on the shop and other new features.

Lamont O'Neal illustration, "Timeless Style... Vintage Vogue." Vogue Patterns Sept/Oct 1999 catalogue back cover with Vogue 2321 illustration

Horn/Griner, 1972 + Labour Day Sale

V8206 and V8204 Vogue Pattern Book, 1972
Vogue 8206 and 8204 in Vogue Pattern Book, 1972. Photo: Horn/Griner.

Horn/Griner photographed this military-inspired ensemble for an early ’70s issue of Vogue Pattern Book: the shirt, Vogue 8206, in camo voile and the pleated skirt, Vogue 8204, in khaki gabardine. The vest was available as a knitting pattern in the magazine. (Printed voile by Aquarius Fabrics; Rosewood Fabrics double woven polyester gabardine.) The scene captures the late-summer mood.

This Labour Day weekend, from Thursday, August 31st through Monday, September 4th, customers will receive 15% off everything in the PatternVault shop as part of Etsy’s first Labour Day sale. No coupon required—the new system will show the discounted price. And if you’re new to Etsy, you can use the new guest checkout.

Happy Labour Day, everyone. See you in September.

Photo: Horn/Griner, 1972

And the Winner Is… + Poll Results!

Vogue 2740 by Michael Kors
Image: PatternVault on Etsy.

The results of my random number generator are in! The lucky number is 5, and the winner of my blogiversary giveaway is:

Liz Haywood (the 5th person to comment)

Congratulations, Liz! I’ll send you an e-mail with the details on claiming your gift certificate.

Thanks so much to everyone who responded to the poll and entered the giveaway! It was great to hear what you enjoy about the blog.

And of course, thank you for reading and commenting on this blog for the past 6 years. As a thank-you to all of you, I’m having a flash sale in my Etsy shop through this Friday, July 21st—30% off with coupon code YEARTHESIXTH.

Simplicity 8795 by Dennis Goldsmith
Image: PatternVault on Etsy.

Sixth Blogiversary + Poll

Butterick 3110 jumpsuit, Butterick catalogue, June 1980
Butterick 3110 jumpsuit, Butterick catalogue, June 1980.

The PatternVault blog turns six today. To celebrate, I’m doing something a little different—I’m hosting a giveaway linked to a poll:

Vogue 2366 by Bill Kaiserman. Vogue patterns catalogue, April 1980
Vogue 2366 by Bill Kaiserman. Vogue Patterns catalogue, April 1980.

To enter the giveaway: (1) Vote in the poll, and (2) Comment to let me know you voted. The winner, chosen at random, will win one $25 CAD gift certificate for the PatternVault Etsy shop.

Poll closes Monday, July 17th. Poll results and winner will be announced Tuesday, July 18th.

With thanks to Elizabeth C., who made sure the two 1980 retail catalogues pictured reached me all the way from Amherst, Massachusetts!

Sixth Anniversary Sale!

Dorothea McGowan in McCall's 5550 by Pierre Cardin, 1960
Dorothea McGowan in Pierre Cardin, 1960. Photo: Ron Harris. Image: PatternVault on Etsy.

To celebrate the six-year anniversary of my Etsy shop, I’m having a sale: 30% off everything in the shop.

Halston caftan McCall’s 3590. Image: PatternVault on Etsy.

To receive the discount, use the coupon code:

YEARTHESIXTH

The sale runs from today, May 28th, until midnight EDT on Saturday, June 3rd. Support independent research and help keep this blog advertising-free!

Mei Xiao Zhou bias dress for Guy Laroche. Image: PatternVault on Etsy.

Happy shopping!

Black and White Ball 50th Anniversary + Sale!

Principessa Luciana Pignatelli, Peter Gimbel and Contessa Crespi at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball at the Plaza hotel in Manhattan in 1966
Guests at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball at the Plaza hotel, Manhattan, 1966. Photo: Lawrence Fried. Image: Condé Nast / Getty via the New York Times.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Truman Capote’s legendary Black and White Ball. (Read Amy Fine Collins’ article for the 30th.)

Can you name the celebrities behind the masks? Guests at the Black and White Balls, 1966 photographed for LIFE by Henry Grossman
Masked guests in Life magazine, December 9, 1966. Photos: Henry Grossman. Image: Life archive.

To mark the occasion, I’m having a flash sale in the PatternVault Etsy shop.

Black and white evening ensembles by Pauline Trigère, 1964
Image: PatternVault shop.

The sale runs through today only—20% off with coupon code CAPOTE. Your purchase helps support the research on this blog.

Happy shopping!

Photo: Barton Silverman. Image: the New York Times.
Truman Capote in his mask from F.A.O. Schwarz. Photo: Barton Silverman. Image: The New York Times.

And the Winner Is…

Vogue 1440 by Donna Karan
Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

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
Image via PatternVault on Etsy.