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2012 What a Year It Was!By DianeSev on 12/28/12 2:14 PM

What a great year we had at PatternReview in 2012! 

We had great celebrations and new innovations!

Here’s a recap of what happened this year on PR…


Best Patterns

Voting was started for the 2012 Best Patterns.

Vogue 1250 "Misses' Dress" was voted the Best Pattern of 2011.


PR Weekend

This year’s PR Weekend was held on May 18, 2012 in the Big Apple, New York City and was attended by more than 100 members!  Read more about it!


PR Days

On December 12, we celebrated PR’s 11th Anniversary at six locations.  Read about PR Day in Massachusetts, Baltimore and NYC.

On February 16, PR members met in Cleveland for a 5-S DayRead about it.


Members In Focus

We featured these members in 2012: BlossomKyle, dixiediy, stirwatersblue, Julia Bobbin, ConnieBJ,  lakaribane, LizJaneB, and Peter in NYC.


TV, Video, and Media

Deepika taped a segment for It’s Sew Easy TV.

PatternReview introduced new video classes, with immediate viewing and forever availability.

Pattern Review introduced downloadable patterns!



The Colette Sewing Handbook

How Much Fabric? Reference Cards

The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting by Sarah Veblen

Sew Serendipity: Fresh and Pretty Designs to Make and Wear

Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders Book!

You Sew, Girl!


Fashion Zippers and Exposed Zipper Class

PR Mug (for answering contest poll)

Closet Smarts

The Brother PE500 Embroidery Machine (not announced yet)


Editorial Reviews

The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting by Sarah Veblen

Sew Serendipity: Fresh and Pretty Designs to Make and Wear

Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders

You Sew, Girl!


Closet Smarts



Elizabeth Cline on her book Overdressed

Maria Denmark

Gretchen Hirsch, a.k.a. “Gertie”


In Stitches

PR members made us laugh with Sewing with Ralph Nader, My Sewing Room Is a Disaster and Unhooked! or Ooops!.


Sewing Spaces

We featured the sewing spaces of JKimes and  lareine.

Monijo shared an inspirational piece about Spring Cleaning the Sewing Room All Year Round.



Members shared! 

“When did you start sewing?”

“Have you ever made your own jeans?”

“How do you feel when you see someone's lifetime stash in a thrift store?”

“What are your favorite sewing blogs?”

“What have you refashioned, reconstructed, recycled or upcycled into clothing?”

“What is the fastest you've ever sewn for a special occasion?”

“Have you ever sewn a Little Black Dress?”

“Have you sewn anything vintage?”


Sewing and Fashion

Here are some highlights…

We encouraged members to Make Your Own Jeans.

We learned more about the Little Black Dress.

We were crazy about peplums this year.

We gave some suggestions on what to sew for Halloween.

We featured figure skating wear and dancewear.

We focused on the maxi dress trend.

Designer Angela Wolf introduced us to Tangerine Tango, Pantone’s Color of the Year.

Angela Wolf wrote about The Top Fashion Trends for Fall/Winter 2012.

Vogue started it all.  Members followed by modeling like the model on their patterns.


Share your reminiscences.  What made 2012 memorable for you on PatternReview?




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ArtAttack said... (12/31/12 1:07 PM) Reply
I am continually blown away by the community created here on PR. SO many talented and creative minds ruminating in one spot. I value the motivation, inspiration and ideas I get from others and it's always a thrill when someone is inspired by my work. My only regret is not having found PR sooner, however, I am very happy to be entering a new year with PR and all of the sewing friends made here. Happy New Year and best wishes to all!! Dorcas

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