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All Vogue Patterns $6.99 - Sale Ends ThursdayBy MadelineL on 5/6/15 3:43 PM

Tomorrow is the last day of our Vogue $6.99 Sale!

Been waiting for a good time to scoop some haute designer patterns? Vogue Patterns has everything for the high fashionista.

All Vogue Patterns are $6.99 until midnight EST Thursday, May 7th.

This great Vogue 9115 Kimono Top  is on sale for $6.99! Makes a perfect addition to your summer wardrobe!

And if you're a Friends of PR member, you get FREE shipping to anywhere in the USA on pattern orders of $25 or more. See details here

Hurry – this great deal won’t last long!

Shop Now

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bev cowan said... (5/6/15 4:59 PM) Reply
shopped but could not complete the check out so had to leave the sight without completing the sale
Member in Focus: Westy85By MadelineL on 5/4/15 12:21 PM

Member Since: 2012

PR Name: Westy85

Name: Erin Bodiam

Birthday: July 9th




How did you learn to sew?

“My mother gave me one of her old sewing machines and that's when I decided to learn how to sew. Especially since it was something I always wanted to do! I just started buying easy patterns testing them out until eventually I became confident enough to tackle the harder projects. I have now been sewing for 3 years and I'm still learning!” 

What aspect of sewing do you find most challenging?

“There are quite a few techniques that I haven't mastered yet. When I get a really good pattern that includes those techniques admittedly I leave them off. I really need to do some classes to learn how to do them properly so I can incorporate them into my sewing. I just get so worried I'm going to ruin my good fabric. An example would be welt pockets... I just can't seem to get them right!”


Photo Credit: I heart fabric Blog


Which sewing book do you refer to most often?

“I love Vogue Sewing because it has so much information in it. Other books I own and love for creativity with patterns is the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, Colette Sewing Handbook and Feminine Wardrobe by Jinko Matsumoto.”

What are your sewing goals for this year?

“This year is a huge year for me... building my first home, turning thirty, going to the USA for a month long holiday, and so many other things. My goal is to just make sure I get some time to sew and create things I love. I'm also learning how to incorporate embroidery into my projects because of my newish job at a sewing and embroidery machine dealer. Next year will be my year of challenging myself and learning those hard techniques.”

What are you sewing right now?

“I have been creating quite a lot of baby items because all of my friends are having babies. Oh, and dresses as a girl can never have too many dresses!”



Photo Credit: I heart fabric Blog


Pick your favorite pattern (only one please):

“My I go through stages after I made an outfit and tend to love it. My latest favorite pattern would be the Lekala Sewing Pattern 4209. I've made three dresses and will no doubt have about ten in my wardrobe before summer come around again.”




What you love most about PatternReview?

“It's so great to check what patterns are really like when sewn out and how they fit most people. There is nothing worse than getting a pattern, sewing it out and finding it fits horribly. This was the best resource for learning how to sew and finding out what problems other had when tackling a sewing pattern and being able to learn from them. I will always check Pattern Review before buying patterns to check what others had to say about it first. Also, it's so great to have that community feeling where you can connect with sewers worldwide. Everyone is so friendly and supportive you feel so proud when you made something worthwhile that can help others when they pick out what pattern to use next. I have also found so many bloggers through Pattern Review and made quite a lot of friends!”

Any other favorite hobbies?

“Painting, Reading, Graphic Design, Website Design and Photography.”


Photo Credit: I heart fabric Blog


Your profession, where do you live etc.

“Digital Marketing Manager at a Brother Sewing and Embroidery Machine dealer.”


Thank you for taking the time to participate, Westy85!

Connect with Westy85 on PR and see more of her reviews in her review Gallery.

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NevadaGrace said... (5/6/15 1:28 PM) Reply
I loved the sailor dress and very much enjoyed its story on your blog. That is one of the most attractive bridal parties I have ever seen. Keep sewing and keep sharing.
caper81 said... (5/5/15 8:26 PM) Reply
You've only been sewing for three years??! Wow, I wouldn't have guessed. I enjoy checking out your reviews!:D
Scooter44 said... (5/5/15 8:26 PM) Reply
Nice review. Love the dresses
Elizabeth made this said... (5/5/15 5:23 PM) Reply
Congratulations on the feature! I always look forward to reading your reviews! Your stuff is got loads of style.
Sheseams said... (5/5/15 4:45 PM) Reply
Very nice :-)
KayM said... (5/5/15 9:42 AM) Reply
I can't believe you have only been sewing for 3 years! Nice =)
ASiverson said... (5/5/15 9:38 AM) Reply
Congrats and TFS, Annette
MAD14kt said... (5/5/15 9:34 AM) Reply
Danmar said... (5/5/15 9:33 AM) Reply
Thanks for sharing! Your dresses are adorable!
Danvillegirl said... (5/5/15 5:18 AM) Reply
Congrats on being featured! Nice to read about other sewists.
slmstyle said... (5/4/15 2:45 PM) Reply
Congratulations to Westy85 for being featured! She is one of my favorite PatternReview sewers!
Westy85 replied...(5/4/15 6:57 PM)
Thanks Stephanie! You're such a Sweetie. I could say the same about you too! :)
PR Weekend 2015 RecapBy Deepika on 5/1/15 4:58 PM

On April 24th PR members came together to celebrate our 14th anniversary in Los Angeles, California!

And what a celebration it was!

The Historic Figueroa Hotel was our HQ this year. The architectural details inside the hotel just won us over, not to mention the courteous staff!


On Thursday afternoon, our registration volunteers Sherril, Jeanette and Cassidy handed out these super awesome PR weekend goodie bags along with the fabulous booklet to all the attendees. Nancy stepped in too when we needed help. Thanks Nancy!  Karina and Janna made the booklet this year and it was awesome.  Thank you to all the amazing sponsors for the goodie bag donations. Bernina, Threads, Catina of Fashion Hack Patterns (she made that cute I HEART PR pincushion for everyone!), McCalls and Jalie Patterns. Everyone loved the bags.

Fabric Shopping

Friday was Shopping Day so we started bright and early at 9:00 That was my first chance to meet everyone and it was amazing to see so many familiar faces and a lot of first time attendees I enjoyed meeting. Together we hopped on the Shopping buses and headed to Mood and Michael Levine's.

Larry, owner of Michael Levine's was kind enough to give us several behind-the-scene tours of the warehouse which was fascinating. When he asked "Any questions?" we said "Did you make that shirt?" in a true PatternReview fashion :)

Fabric shopping is always nice but it is so much more enjoyable when you shop with friends. A lot of us ended up buying similar fabrics and some of us kept adding to our fabric piles after seeing what others have (raising hand here). 

Because the LA Garment District is spread out, we split into smaller groups and walked to many other nearby stores while the other bus explored the Fabulous "The Fabric Store" and Mood Fabrics, both of which gave us a very warm welcome.

Kathi and I parked ourselves in the Pattern Bar - yup, a bar decorated with sewing machines! How could we not? We routed and re-routed both the buses for the next few hours sitting right here with our "liquid" lunch :)

Bernina Mixer

We made it back to the hotel just in time for our Bernina sponsored Mixer in Club Tangir at Hotel Figurora. We got a chance to mingle, and admire each others gorgeous outfits. Some of us also test drove State of the Art Bernina machines brought in by Russ from The Sewing Arts Center.

 The Handbag Contest

After everyone gathered, I welcomed everyone to the event and started the Handbag contest. We had asked the contestants to make a handbag incorporating either PatternReview or California in their bag. The contestants wowed us with their creations and Cara, Russ and Ivy had the difficult task of selecting one winner who was going to win a brand new Bernina 800 DL Serger!


The lovely Melissa won the contest with her cute frog purse who was wearing a Friends of PR HatCute!!!! Congratulations Melissa.

Oh how could I have forgotten about our epic Pattern Swap. Hundreds of patterns were brought in by you. We couldn't even fit them all in one room and poor Liz had to replenish the stock every hourThanks for helping out Liz!

Lynda Maynard Seminar

PR Weekend is more much more than just shopping. We actually sew! Our Guest Speaker this year was none other than Lynda Maynard - who has been working with Fit for more than 20 years. When we met for breakfast she said "Isn't Fit Fun?" I knew immediately she was one of us :)

Lynda showed us how to fit a muslin of a sheath dress which was sewn by our volunteer Roseana and later a Jacket sewn by Theresa. This was truly an interactive seminar because so many of you stepped up to the task of slashing, pinning and re-fitting the muslin as Lynda talked us through it. An amazing learning experience. Thanks Lynda.

While we took a long lunch break, Lynda was available to answer even more fit questions. She is clearly tireless becasue in the afternoon session in my debut videography expermient, Lynda demonstrated 5 different couture techniques right there in front of us. I've already used two of them in the top I am wearing today :)

Lynda also gave away a copy of her book - Couture Techniques to our Fabric Queen - Julie Chambers. Wanna know how much fabric was bought during this weekend? 1220!!!! Thanks to Maureen for patiently tallying the totals. How much did Julie buy? We won't tell if you won't Julie! 


Saturday Night Group Dinner

We dressed up yet again to meet up at El Cholo for our group dinner which was truly delicioso! And there in the midst of smiles and selfies and lots of margaritas I announced the venue and the host of our next PR Weekend - 2016 (our 15th anniversary) - Chicago! We are in your expert hands Tina.


PR Weekend is the highlight of my year. It has been since a dozen of us met up in New York City, 13 years ag. We may be a much larger group today but everything else remains the same. The excitement of meeting each other, making new friends, catching up with familiar ones, showing off our lovely makes and of course fabric shopping!


This event is unlike any other event you'd have attended, for it is entirely run and hosted by Patternreview members and volunteers whose only goal is to make this one of the most fun event of the year. Thank you for all of you who made this possible. Special thanks go to Kathi Rank for leading her wondeful team of volunteers and to Bernina for generously sponsoring the Friday night event. Thanks also go to our door prize sponsors Colette Patterns, Sewaholic Patterns and to Catina for her linen packs! 

Photo credit to Sue V, Stephanie, LaDonna, Sara and Cara. 


I'll close by quoting my favorite quote of this weekend by Kathi Rank, the organizer of this PR Weekend.

More photos on Flickr

PR Weekend Fabric Show and Tell



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ConnieBJ said... (5/6/15 11:39 AM) Reply
Sounds like it was a great weekend! Love Kathi's quote! See you in Chicago!!
Erin Sooit said... (5/5/15 4:06 PM) Reply
Looks like you all had a great time, and a lot of people went! Thanks for sharing. :)
priscilla said... (5/5/15 3:26 PM) Reply
Hi Kathy, I will always remember the 11pm ice cream raid in out pjs during the nyc weekend.I sorry I couldn't make this one.
Deepika replied...(5/6/15 4:00 PM)
Those are some of my fond memories too!
Diane E said... (5/5/15 11:46 AM) Reply
What a wonderful weekend! I loved staying in DTLA, so close to the Fashion District -- many thanks to the volunteers for seeing to every detail. Loved seeing old friends and meeting new ones, and I'm looking forward to seeing you all again next year. For those who didn't have a chance to attend, please come to Chicago!
popo replied...(5/5/15 2:02 PM)
So nice meeting you Diane! Hope we can get together sometime soon!
Grizabella said... (5/5/15 11:45 AM) Reply
I want to attend next year! Looks like fun!
Luvs2so said... (5/5/15 10:51 AM) Reply
Soo much fun! Loved Lynda's class, the camaraderie, the pattern exchange, and the envirosax bag! Hotel, not so much.
SusiM said... (5/5/15 10:28 AM) Reply
Thanks for the vicarious experience. I was travelling right through there with my grand dog wishing I could join you. Next time!!
buckarina said... (5/5/15 9:46 AM) Reply
I had such a great weekend meeting up and sharing with such a talented, creative, inspirational, funny, friendly group. Next year in Chicago!
taylormade said... (5/4/15 7:28 AM) Reply
Looks like it was a lot of fun!!
popo said... (5/2/15 6:38 PM) Reply
It was truly an amazing weekend!!! Thanks to all the volunteers!! You all did an outstanding job!!!
Laima1956 said... (5/2/15 2:12 PM) Reply
Sorry to have missed it - sounds like you all had a wonderful time! Will have to plan on Chicago once you have set the dates!
Jacqui315 said... (5/2/15 12:27 PM) Reply
Fun times! I love meeting first time attendees as well as seeing the friends I met in years past. The shopping is an added bonus.
Danvillegirl said... (5/2/15 7:49 AM) Reply
I loved reading this post and felt the excitement of this event. So glad it was a memorable event.
slmstyle said... (5/2/15 1:06 AM) Reply
What an amazing weekend I had! I loved every moment of it, and it was SO great to meet fellow sewing enthusiasts and so many wonderful, talented people! I can't wait to do it again next year in Chicago!
Janet S. said... (5/1/15 8:19 PM) Reply
I had a blast. Came home with 33 (!) orphaned patterns and 14 fabric purchases, including some I had to dumpster dive for in the Michael Levine loft. So fun! Great group of people, hope to make it to Chicago. Huge thanks to all the organizers you did a wonderful job.
tkbuy said... (5/1/15 6:58 PM) Reply
Thank you for such a great weekend! I hope to come back next year.
slmstyle replied...(5/2/15 1:07 AM)
It was great to meet you! I hope you get to make your newly tailored and custom fitted blazer! I'm sure it will be amazing!
leftcoast said... (5/1/15 5:42 PM) Reply
I had so much fun and met SO many wonderful people- I can't wait for Chicago!
slmstyle replied...(5/2/15 1:07 AM)
I had a blast, and it was such a pleasure to meet you! Hope to see you again soon!
dianelwilson said... (5/1/15 5:34 PM) Reply
I, for one, am looking forward to PR Weekend 2016. I already told my husband I'm going!
MVi14 replied...(5/1/15 9:13 PM)
Me, too! I told him it's like CME for sewing.

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