Thank you for everyone’s kind comments on my Vintage Vogue obsession - it is reassuring to know that I am not the only one! Brandy mentioned that the lucky owner of the original Vogue 8875 used to generate the latest reproduction just posted a giveaway over on her blog.
And then there is Pattern Junkie’s post including the email address to contact Vogue with our own vintage patterns. I will re-post the information here: email an image of the pattern envelope to (mailbox [at] voguepatterns [dot] com) with 'Vintage Vogue Search' in the subject line. You can also mail a hard copy of the image to Vogue at Vintage Vogue Search, Vogue Patterns Magazine, 120 Broadway,
New York, NY 10271. If the design is chosen, they will ask you to send the pattern to them. You will be credited on the envelope and get your original pattern back, plus 5 free Vogue patterns of your choice!
That is incentive enough for me! [Evidently designer patterns are excluded, but I am not seeing any specific designer represented on any of these patterns, although they look absolutely yummy!]
I say we bombard Vogue with our finest vintage patterns. This weekend I plan on searching through my stash. Unfortunately, I do not own any of the beautiful specimens I have included here. But someone must!
Part of the problem, and one of the reasons I live for the reproduction patterns, is that cost often precludes me from purchasing the insanely amazing patterns. Rebecca brings up an excellent point – why can’t Vogue purchase the patterns to add to their vault? Hundreds of dollars for a single pattern is not workable for me, but I cannot imagine it would hurt Vogue's yearly budget. Or perhaps they could re-release print versions of the catalogues that they have archived? How about an online archive - how fabulous would that be!?
I suppose that one excuse is that there is a limited audience for the Vintage Vogue series. But looking at some of the recent (and rather kooky) contemporary designer patterns, I have a hard time believing that more than a handful of those particular designs are actually sold, either.
And what about Butterick? Both Vogue and Butterick are owned by the same corporation, correct? I say we send some of those as well.
Vintage pattern owners of the world, unite! Pass along the news, and let Vogue know how grateful we are for the Vintage Vogue line, and that we would appreciate more complex and beautiful designs!
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