Sunday, February 23, 2014

Featured Blogger ~ Vogue Pattern Magazine

I really liked Audrey, Sew Tawdry's, post when she was named the Star Blogger for Vogue Pattern Magazine in the last issue.  Unlike her I have no great story just a lot of happy emotions.  I'm thrilled...honored...humbled and amazed that I am featured in this month's (April/May 2014) issue of Vogue Pattern Magazine.



So I guess I should start at the beginning, huh?! The amazing Kathy Marrone, Vogue Pattern Magazine's Editor, contacted me at the beginning of December and asked if I would be interested in being interviewed for VPM.  Of course I said yes...I mean despite the fact that I was jumping up and down, screaming at my computer monitor and generally acting a fool...of course I said yes! *LOL*

Then because the magazine requires pictures with a higher resolution than I normally shoot, I enlisted the help of a trusted friend, the awesome Oonaballoona, who is currently killin' it at Project Sewn, to take some new photos for me.  So for anyone who suggested the photos in this post were photo shoot quality, well yes you're right they were/are.



Marce, did an amazing job didn't she! I couldn't have done this without her help and I am so grateful that she gave up an afternoon to spend with me and take these awesome pics...because finally I get to share some of the outtakes with you...










...and a little duckface...



This is my version of Vogue 1370 ~ a Kay Unger designer pattern.  My sewing journey is documented here.  In my review on PatternReview, I wrote this, "this is an amazing design and by using a variety of fabrics could get you a dress for work, or a dress for a funky outing if you used leather or faux leather inserts, or a cocktail dress if you used lace or an embellished fabric for the inserts."  It's an awesome dress for the plus size sewist and I highly recommend getting a copy and making your own version!

Now if you don't already subscribe to Vogue Pattern Magazine, can I encourage you to do so. I've been a reader of the magazine for at least 30 years. I've subscribed for the last decade because not only does it show the latest patterns sewn in fantastic fashion fabrics but it also has wonderful articles on sewing techniques to up your sewing game. It's been a vanguard for our sewing community for years.  I hope that you will support this publication so that it can continue to carry the torch for many more!

I hope you don't mind but I pushed the Top Ten Sewing Bloggers List back a day so feel free to keep offering up your top five favorite bloggers. I'm kinda excited about this honor and I definitely wanted to show some love to the fabulous Ms. Oonaballoona!

...as always more later!




172 comments:

  1. What a great spread! Congrats!

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  2. Wow! Wow! Wow! Congratulations, well-deserved! And a great dress to feature. Maybe frame the article for the sewing cave?

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    1. Elle - I'm thinking about framing it...that's not too corny right?! *LOL*

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  3. Congratulations! A very much deserved honor. Can't wait to get my issue. You look beautiful.

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  4. What a well deserved honour. You are an inspiration to many sewists and bloggers around the world.

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  5. This is fantastic! Congratulations.

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  6. An honor that you deserve!!! Congratulations!!! Now I really can't wait for my issue to get here.

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    1. I hope you get your copy soon cause it seems like a really good issue! Thanks for the congrats!

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  7. Oh my, how fabulous! I love it when 'my people' get featured in magazines! It makes it all seem a bit more real (oh dear, what terrible grammar) to see someone that you 'know' in print. I eagerly await my copy! I understand that there is an article on coverstitch machines in this issue as well - I am in the market to get one soon . . . !

    Congratulations to you!!

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    1. I love it that you "know" me! *smile* Hope you get your copy soon and that you get a lot of helpful info on the coverstitch machine!

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  8. Wow, congratulations!! How very exciting for you. Well deserved.

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  9. Mazel Tov! Couldn't happen to a more deserving lady. Brava, brava, brava!

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  10. Bravo! One more reason to adore VPM. So well deserved and that dress is a showstopper!

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    1. Thanks Melody ~ I really appreciate your comment especially since I love your garments so much!

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  11. congrats! how exciting, I will have to buy that issue.

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  12. How very delightful!

    Now to serif I can Fonda copy here in Aus.

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  13. Oops! I meant:

    Now to see if I can find a copy here in Aus.

    Aargh!

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    1. I really hope that you can find a copy, I'm sure it's a good issue and that you will enjoy it!

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  14. I'm so looking forward to picking up my copy from the newsagents when it arrives in Australia. Congratulations on being featured.

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  15. Awesome... Congratulations ! !

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  16. Congratulations Carolyn, well deserved and awesome photoshoot.

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  17. Congratulations Carolyn. A great feather in your cap.

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  18. That's is wonderful, congratulations!

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  19. How wonderful!! Congratulations! So happy for my favorite blogger.

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    1. Barbara - how kind of you to call me your favorite blogger. Thanks!

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  20. Congratulations, Carolyn, I cannot wait to get my hands on the issue!

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    1. Regina - thanks so much! Hope you see the issue soon.

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  21. On granulations and so deserving. I love reading your blog and seeing your many creations. Well done

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    1. Thanks Tracy - I'm so glad you enjoy my sewing journeys.

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  22. Congratulations! Looking forward to receiving my copy.

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  23. Yay Carolyn!! How exciting!

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  24. Congratulations, Carolyn. Well deserved!

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  25. Congrats. Beautiful picture and of course the dress is also. You are amazing!

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  26. Congratulations! Super exciting!

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  27. Fantastic! I am thrilled. You are inspiration itself to many of us.

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    1. Thanks May for such kind words...you are pretty inspiring to me too...your knitting is amazing!

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  28. Oh, how wonderful! This is such lovely work. Congrats!!

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  29. YES CAROLYN!!!!! i'm snagging my first copy evah specifically for YOU!! you look magnificent, and that's 99% you and 1% camera :))))

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    1. Okay don't even start with me Miss Oona because you know that you shot some amazing pics and that I couldn't have done it without your encouragement. Thank you sooooooo much!

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  30. Congratulations. You are such an inspiration.

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  31. Congratulations, Carolyn! You are most deserving :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah - you are too kind! And thanks for future good things too!

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  32. Congrats for the article! BTW, that dress looks fabulous! It hugs your figure in all the right places and you look divine! I strongly suggest you make another, ASAP! ;)

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    1. Thanks Rox but I won't be making another one of these! One spectacular dress is enough...

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  33. Wonderful that they chose to interview you! Very well deserved! Amazing dress!

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  34. Congratulations, Carolyn! Enjoy this well-deserved moment in the spotlight!

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    1. Thank you Miss Newsbreaker - and thanks so much for sending me a pic of the article! My magazine still hasn't arrived yet...might have to call Vogue soon!!!

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  35. Very well deserved! Congratulations!!!

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  36. You are beautiful, love that dress, Miss Onna did a fantastic job with the photos. So thrilled for you. g

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    1. Gay thank you so much! I'm smiling typing this cause I know you sooo mean this...and Miss Oona definitely did good didn't she!

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  37. Way to go! I am so glad that Vogue recognizes your talent. I will look forward to reading this issue cover to cover.

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  38. Congratualtions! That is such a fabulous dress on you. I am not surprised at all that you've been honored this way. Well deserved!

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    1. Thanks Bunny! Your kind words mean so much to me because I so admire your talent!

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  39. Congratulations to you! It is well deserved.

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  40. How wonderful! It's true. hard work pays off. You're such an inspiration.

    ~Sewjourner

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    1. You know you've been reading and commenting on my ramblings and outfits for so long that it's especially kind that you've left one more wonderful comment!

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  41. Congratulations! Well deserved.

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  42. I'm so happy for you - such a great honor! Congrats to a well deserved sewist!

    Karen

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    1. Karen - it's nice to share this honor with so many wonderful sewists such as yourself!

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  43. Fantastic! And Marcy deserves a basket of cookies for those amazing photos she took of your amazing outfit. I will certainly be getting this issue...

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    1. Gurl - doesn't she! *LOL* But we both know that Miss Oona is pretty wonderful! Hope you enjoy the issue.

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  44. SUCH AN INSPIRATION!!!!! YOU LOOK GREAT =]

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  45. Congrats! When I recieved the email offing it, i made plans to order it. I haven't order one in awhile. Now I am glad I did! Can't wait to see your article. Again, Congrats!

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    1. Thanks and I'm so glad you're getting your own issue!

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  46. Congratulations! It's well deserved.

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  47. YAY! How exciting! I'm so happy for you!!!

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    1. Hey S., thank you, thank you, thank you for always cheering me on! It means so much to me!

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  48. Congratulations!! So excited for you!!!! I will be buying this issue. Love the pictures.

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  49. Carolyn, congratulations and then some!!! I just got my issue yesterday and I have not had time to even open it!!!! I just read this post and as soon as I finish this comment I am opening the pattern magazine. Ms Oonaballona did a marvelous photographic shoot. You are most deserving of this recognition!

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  50. This is amazing, congratulations.

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  51. Woohoo how wonderful, congratulations, now to find an issue Down Under!

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  52. Many congratulations Carolyn, you are a great ambassador for the sewing community.

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  53. CONGRATULATIONS Carolyn!!! You DESERVE it!!!!!!

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  54. How wonderful and well deserved! Congrats,That request for high res pictures was a surprise for me too. Don't you wish Oona could be your photographer all the time. She took great photos. Sigh, I will probably have to wait a couple weeks before I get my issue in the mail.

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    1. Audrey I loved your pics and they really made me think of what background I wanted for mine. That's why Oona and I chose my office especially since the dress was made to wear to work!

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  55. Such a well-deserved feature.

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  56. Carolyn, that's an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations! I'm not surprised they picked you as your speed and quality are so above par. Glad Marce have you a little tutorial on photo taking. See, it's not that hard when you have even the slighted help, tripod included!

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    1. Madalynne - I would nevah have gotten such great photos without Marce's help. Thanks so much for your kind words!

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  57. Congratulations, well deserved. Great pictures and the model is awesome.

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    1. Towanda - I guess you're coming to get this dress too, right?! *LOL* Thanks girl, I appreciate it!

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  58. Congratulations! This was so well deserved! I've been following your blog for some time but I don't think I've ever commented.

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    1. Mary Beth - thanks so much for making this your first comment. I am so thrilled that you did. Don't be a stranger, comment whenever you like! *smile*

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  59. Congratulations! How cool is that? Now I need to run to JoAnns and buy a copy! ~Teri

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    1. Teri - I hope you find a copy and thanks for your kind words!

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  60. *Stands on chair and applauds* Woot!!!

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  61. Many congratulations, Carolyn! And very well deserved!

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  62. Congrats,Carolyn.What a thrill for you!! I haven't got my copy yet.Can't wait to get it!

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  63. Congrats! I love your blog and will pick up a copy of the mag! Your sewing is fab - I am a plus size 50 something who is trying to learn how to fit patterns for great clothing. Thanks for sharing your work!

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    1. Elaina thanks but I'm sure you'll get the hang of it and turn out some wonderful new pieces!

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  64. Aha! So you HIRE someone to clean your house!!

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  65. Marvelous, Marvelous, Marvelous, Marvelous things PTL!!

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  66. Congratulations! You deserve it. I can't wait to get my issue!

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  67. Woo hoo fame!! The photos look great!

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  68. No blogger deserves it more than you. I am so looking forward to reading the article about you. Congratulations!

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  69. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are doing the DO!! Yes...so well deserved. Love the duck face pic! WERK!

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    1. Thanks Terri! Marcy kept saying make a duck face and I sooooo don't know how to do one...so I was being sassy in that picture. Can't believe she got it! Thanks again!

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  70. Hi Carolyn, I'm new to your blog, so catching up a bit. This dress is magnificent, and you, in it, are also magnificent! I look forward to your posts! Cheers, Sarah :)

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    1. Sarah - how kind of you to say that! Thanks so much!

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  71. Just got my copy in the mail and your secret is out! I've always wondered how you could spend so much time in the Cave and work full-time! Lovely article, Carolyn, and so well-deserved. Yours was the first sewing blog I found and you have captured my interest ever since. I do have one suggestion: make it simple to leave a comment like other bloggers. It's a hassle to go through signing on to Google. Best wishes.

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    1. Oh Kat that wasn't a secret...I posted that on the blog years ago! *smile* But I'm glad that it helped you understand! As for the hassle of signing in, I'm sorry but it's here to stay. It stops the spammers from sending a lot of useless posts to the blog.

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  72. Carolyn! Congrats on the Vogue article. I've been under the weather lately and haven't been keeping up. Picking up the latest issue of Vogue patterns and reading this article is definitely going to be the very first thing I do when I get out of the house.

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    1. Thanks Vernelle! I hope you can find an issue locally!

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  73. Congratulations. I will have to be sure to get this issue when I go to JoAnn's next. I am so very proud of you! You deserve this so much.

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  74. How awesome! Congratulations!

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  75. Congratulations! I love all the outtakes, very cute.

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    1. Thanks Trena! It was a fun day and Marcy took ALOT of pictures...weeding them out proved challenging. So glad you like these outtakes too!

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  76. So very well deserved!! Congrats on the feature and on the beautiful dress. Can't wait to see what you come up with next . . .

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  77. Wow, that is fabulous, Carolyn. Congratulations!!!! You so deserve that recognition.

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  78. Thanks Barbara! That's so kind of you...I feel real special because these greetings are all the way from Alaska!

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  79. The mag was finally available at my local Joanns and I got it. Very impressive. And I loved that the pattern shot in the back listing had you in their dress. Usually it is their pattern cover or a model in their sample dress. But they used a real person! Very nice article and great photos.
    I may have to subscribe again. Since Joann's will no longer let me use coupons on magazines, it is cheaper to subscribe.

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  80. I finally got my issue, Yeah. I enjoyed the article, but I was absolutely tickled to death that they used your photo, rather than a model, in the Guide to pattern and fabric requirements in the back of the issue. It was like an extra surprise!

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