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Vogue Individualist Patterns

Kimberly_Kelly | Posted in Patterns on

I have a multifold question. I am doing research on some of the main designers and commercial patterns used in the renaissance of art wearables in the 80’s and 90’s . I have noticed that Miyake , Adri,Montana, etc. all have had a great influence in shape and design. I remember that the Vogue Individualist series introduced a number of these designers to American Home sewers. I am trying to get a comprehensive sweep of the pattern review sheets from the years that Vogue Individualist was in operation. The Library of Congress had incomplete issues of the Vogue pattern magazine for those years and it is difficult getting the information from Vogue itself. 1)Did anybody out there subscribe to the Vogue Pattern Protfolio service that still has the inserts? 2) Does anyone have any of those patterns that they would like to part with ? 3) A group of women here in the DC area have been talking about possible sources other than ( SW patterns, and EZ pattern search) for procuring old Miyake patterns or even copies of them. Does any one have any suggestions. I would love to be able to come to the Sewing workshop and take Tara Arnold’s classes but there is a great continental gulf between us . I know there are Miyake, Yamamoto,Comme de Garcons, Montana, Carol Horn, Danny Noble, Misono, etc. fans out there! Let your voices be heard. Thanks.


  1. Sue_Whelan | | #1

    Kimberly, I was a fan of the Vogue Individualist patterns and have a few in my stash. Adri, Jenny Savage, IM(of course) come to mind. I still have an Adri from 1987 that I just love, although I've outgrown it! Good luck in your search.

    1. K.Kelly | | #2

      *I'd love to see what you have. As I get closer to the time I have to present my talk I may ask folks if they can scan images of their constructed pieces to show as slides if that is not too outrageous a request.

      1. barb_c | | #3

        *I am making one of the new Adri patterns at this very moment in my time. I like the way it is drapy but I wish it didn't look so deceptively simple. I am actually haveing to put quite a bit of time into it. Mostly because instead of zig zaging the seams I am folding them over and topstitching. This wouldn't be so hard but the fabric I am using is a wool challis and it just isn't that easy to fold and stitch. I do know it will be wonderful when It is done and will look good from the inside ---at least compared to the zig zaging I would have done. :-)

        1. Donna_Ball | | #4

          *Another Issey Miyake fan signing on for the first time. Have a very few of the old patterns which I would be willing to share/trace/whatever... Would LOVE to pressure Vogue to reissue some of the older ones, but they have a deaf ear. Or perhaps we could get Sewing Workshop to come East-don't have the time or luxury right now to go west for the 3-day workshop. Could we put together an informal list of what we each have with a short description to help each other out?? Every discussions list for old patterns has folks looking to Miyake. All replies appreciated-especially with suggestions for solving this on-going problem.Also looking for Sewing Workshops Issey Miyake-inspired "cocoon-type" jacket from about 10 years ago. As I recall it could have been a 1-piece rectangle. Many tha

          1. phyllis_ | | #5

            *Check out E-Bay! There is a thriving community of people selling vintage patterns of every description. Miyake is very hot on E-Bay....search on the keyword "miyake patterns" and you should see tons. Perhaps the high bidders would allow you to do your research after they receive their goods.

          2. Monya_Corns | | #6

            *Hi Miyake Fans,I am a collector of his patterns. I have about 15 more or less. He created so many beautiful patterns in the 80's and 90's. I am glad that I had the vision to buy them. I have them stashed in several boxes. I plan to list them and perhaps make copies, I would not think of parting with them yet.

          3. Jinka_McLaurin | | #7

            *I have been trying a product that will make those "easy" Adri patterns a little easier. It called steam a seam. Its tacky, like a post it note and when pressed is permanent. It adds no bulk. The other Adri assembly must have is an edge stich foot.

          4. Elaine_Rutledge | | #8

            *I have a great "Individualist" Pattern by Betty Jackson. Vogue #2312Short sleeved, long or short jacket/blouse, skirt in two lengths.The jacket/blouse buttons down the front. I made it in linen and loved it. The skirt is a pleated front wrap skirt. I didn't make up the skirt, but it looks like it would be great in some of the newersheer soft fabrics. There are others, will have to hunt. Recently moved and gave up the big steel pattern case that came out of a fabric store twenty years ago, and put the patterns in boxes, that I could carry one at a time. My collection spans the 1960's till the present, though I rarely buy a pattern these days.

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