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Date: 4/23/11 5:30 PM

I have only bought the last two issues of this magazine, so I can't speak for any issues before those. But those of you who have the two latest issues, please flip through them and tell me if you notice anything amiss. This would be concerning the page layouts - not the patterns themselves - and should be obvious at a glance.

I'm just curious to see if anyone else notices what's "wrong" or if its just me.

(PS I didn't see a forum for publications to post this. Sorry if this is the wrong place)

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Date: 4/24/11 8:27 PM

I don't have this magazine, but wasn't Sew Beautiful having a problem with subscriptions and publication a while back?

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Date: 4/24/11 9:20 PM

I have the Easter issue here, and it looks pretty typical of Sew
Beautiful... What are you seeing? I can tell you that historically (and this is before the purchase by Hoffman Media), the patterns on the centerfold were frequently not drafted very well...

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Date: 4/24/11 10:36 PM

Actually what I noticed in the current issue and the last one is that every single model is white - mostly blue eyed blonde children. It just kind of struck me as strange that there were no models of any other color. That might not be the case in all their issues, but it is true in the the only two issues I've seen. Just wondering if this was status quo for them or just a fluke!

Especially in their last issue that featured the all the white, heirloom type dresses, they would have looked beautiful against some darker skins. Just sayin......


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Date: 4/24/11 10:38 PM

I used to be a subscriber from the first issue to 4 or 6 years worth and then stopped. Back then I sewed for a lot of family and friends little girls/boys with the patterns in the inside.

I sold most of my issues and kept a few of the Sew Beautiful and another one that was popular back then. My sister has gotten a few of Australian Stitches I think it's called.

I don't like to sew for other people now, I won't even run something through my smocking machine anymore.

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Date: 4/24/11 10:40 PM

Quote: lisalu
Actually what I noticed in the current issue and the last one is that every single model is white - mostly blue eyed blonde children. It just kind of struck me as strange that there were no models of any other color. That might not be the case in all their issues, but it is true in the the only two issues I've seen. Just wondering if this was status quo for them or just a fluke!



Especially in their last issue that featured the all the white, heirloom type dresses, they would have looked beautiful against some darker skins. Just sayin......




-- Edited on 4/24/11 10:37 PM --

When I got it they did have children of different backgrounds. Lots of siblings, so you got to see them from babyhood to tween.
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Date: 4/25/11 3:10 AM

I used to buy this magazine regularly but have not done so for a few years because it seems to no longer be available in the magazine stores in my city.

When I did purchase it regularly, I did not see children of different backgrounds in every issue, but I did see children of different ethnic backgrounds occasionally.

I think perhaps many of the children in the magazine when I used to purchase it were actually relatives or children of the staff and writers for the magazine that were involved in heirloom sewing, and so were posing in the items the heirloom sewing contributors to the magazine had created for them.

I do not think the magazine was specifically trying to keep children of different ethnic backgrounds out of the magazine.

I must say, I do miss the magazine, it had such beautiful items to create.

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Date: 4/25/11 9:21 AM

Quote: Athene
I think perhaps many of the children in the magazine when I used to purchase it were actually relatives or children of the staff and writers for the magazine that were involved in heirloom sewing, and so were posing in the items the heirloom sewing contributors to the magazine had created for them.

I used to buy this magazine and this was my impression as well.

I do agree with OP that there isn't a whole lot of ethnic diversity in the magazine. I have a handful of older issues of Sew Beautiful that I plan to sell at our yard sale this summer. When the girls were young, I just never had the time to sew anything out of them. Now they are in their teens and well past the "smocking" age

Now if I change the "o" in smocking to an "a".....


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Date: 4/25/11 9:39 AM

In the early years, I know from the Premier issue, I made that dress in a size 14 for me. They used to have ladies blouses. It seems some of the newer ones just have through size 6 little girls, but I haven't even looked at Sew Beatiful at the bookstores lately. I still love smocking and have a few beautiful adult patterns that I plan to make for me.

Is Creative Needle still around? Or The Smocking Arts magazines? (SAGA)


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Date: 4/25/11 10:06 AM

I used to do heirloom sewing and owned an internet fabric store that featured Swiss batiste and fine linen. The fabric and lace is expensive. I think these dresses (which can cost hundreds of dollars in materials) is a cultural thing. The magazine may be appealing to that group. I also don't see as many small children wearing heirloom clothing any more. I was fascinated (I'm not from the south) by pictures of little girls wearing these incredible dresses to church with their bare little feet!

Having said all that, I did see kids from different ethnic backgrounds in the magazine; just not tons of them.

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