There is a great feature article on Carlos Correa, the in-house designer behind the Vogue Patterns brand and how he is updating their collection of Mens Sewing Patterns, with a contemporary look and styling.
Mr. Correa has introduced two pieces, a Single Breasted Jacket and a Classic Trenchcoat and I hope there is more updated patterns for men to come. Both patterns are classics but with updated proportions and fit. If you look at the other mens patterns in the Vogue catalogue, you'll see what I mean.
These two patterns are a great resource though, especially when one admires a C$4500 Burberry Trench and wished there was a sewing pattern that would provide a similar fit and styling. Mr. Correa provides it! Let's hope we see more!
The current issue of Vogue Sewing Magazine also features a wonderful technical article on altering patterns for women with a fuller figure by Kathryn Brenne.
Kathryn Brenne is based out of North Bay, Ontario and is a designer, technical writer and owner of The Academy of Fine Sewing & Design in North Bay, Ontario.
This is Kathryn's workspace and teaching studio where students from around the world fly into North Bay to attend one of her many workshops on Fit, Pattern Alteration, Sewing with Leather and more. Kathryn also hosts guest designers and instructors to her studio including Koos Van Den Akker, David Page-Coffin, Jon Moore and Ron Collins, to name a few.
I encourage you to visit The Academy of Fine Sewing & Design website and have a look at Kathryn's upcoming schedule of classes. A truly amazing lineup!
Kathryn is also a contributor of technical articles and adaptations of designer patterns to Vogue Patterns Magazine in New York, having many of her garments featured on the front cover. One of my favourite Kathryn Brenne adaptations is of Vogue Pattern V7907, a jacket designed by Marci Tilton.
Kathryn chose an aubergine Wool Crepe fabric for her version, which she prepared before cutting by felting the fabric in her washing machine. Using the Needle Felting appliqué technique, Kathryn then added colourful strands of wool roving to the jacket fronts using a Bernina Needle Felting accessory on her sewing machine. Quite amazing. I saw this in person a few years ago at a knitting retreat and it was quite stunning. And the finishing, as with all Kathryn's garments, was superb!
For an example of Kathryn's excellent technical writing, click on this link to Kathryn's article Adjusting For A Full Bust from the Vogue Sewing website.
Have a good day! I hope it's productive one for you and I encourage you to make the time to do something creative! You mind and body will love you for it!
I'm currently working on several projects, including working a Union Jack pattern by hand, using the Intarsia hand knitting technique for multiple colours. The pattern is God Save The Queen from the book Pretty In Punk. I'll post the finished project shortly.