Sunday, January 1, 2012

Vogue Patterns magazine torments me + a fun indulgence

Last week I received 2 fun things in the mail on the same day and squealed with joy. The first was my copy of Vogue Patterns magazine February/March issue. I love this magazine. They have awesome articles, new sewing techniques that are explained through pictures, input from other sewing bloggers, etc. It's also relatively inexpensive and that makes me happy too. However, check out page 90 from this new issue:

Does this fabric look familiar to anyone? It is none other then my favorite silk charmeuse of all time that I sadly turned into a wadder as seen here. Thanks alot Vogue!!! If only you had published this picture last spring, I would have made that exact dress up and totally loved it. I still might salvage the skirt portion for a simple bias skirt this spring.

The other fun thing I got in my mailbox was a zipper color card from Zipperstop.com. I have ordered zippers from them in the past but have always guessed on the color I wanted based on my computer screen. I have ended up with some colors that didn't match what I bought them for. SO, even though it was definitely a splurge ($34.95 + very pricey shipping) I bought it anyway in order to get the exact colors I want.

There are over 500 colors to choose from, although most of their zippers come in certain stock colors and you can't get the other colors unless you order 50+ zippers of that one color. But I have found that I can find one of the stock colors that matches the fabrics I have.

Get your own here or look for it on Ebay and pay slightly lower shipping.

19 comments:

  1. I think that zipper card would be fun just to look at, forget matching it to anything! I didn't know they made zippers in 500(!) colors!

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  2. My sewing buddies were just discussing whether we would splurge on the colour card and it looks like we should. Are the colours actual fabric or just colours?

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  3. Sharon,
    It's the actual zipper tape and is attached only at one end so you can lay the other end on top of your fabric.

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  4. Great idea Amanda on the zipper card. I've been a little obsessed with Ghee's zippers (I met them at the ASG conference this year). They have a web site with all kinds of unique zips.

    I know right? I love Vogue! So funny (now) with the silk fabric. . .
    Have a great new Year and I can't wait to see your results this year!

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  5. Completely jealous of the zipper card. :D

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  6. Love the zipper card - would it be weird if I got one and displayed it on the coffee table?!!

    P.s. - my apologies if you or your readers tried accessing my blog in the last three days and it came us as broken or didn't exist. I recently changed to a custom domain with blogger and had quite a few problems. It's back up and running at www.juliabobbin.com or www.juliabobbin.blogspot.com

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  7. Every time I order from Zipperstop I waver on the color card - sounds worthwhile though. I noticed that silk print in the Vogue magazine, now I know what it reminded me of, your post. Hopefully you can refashion the fabric into something you are happy with.
    Happy New Year.

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  8. I'm one of Sharon's sewing buddies and all I can say about that zipper colour card is: WANT!

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  9. What fabulous treats! The zipper card is a good investment.

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  10. I just love Vogue parrens magazine, too.
    Happy New YearAmanda!

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  11. If you are interested in procuring more of that fabric, I saw a similar, if not exact, fabric at a local shop. I've had some in my stash for awhile also. I love what they did with the fabric in Vogue.

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  12. That zipper color card looks like an awesome thing to have in your sewing library. I am nearly finished using all the the old style zippers in my very old stash. I may have to look into this as well. Thanks for the mention of this product. Happy New Year to you!!

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  13. I have been quite tempted in e past to order one of these myself, as the selection at Joann's is ridiculously awful. Thanks for the eBay tip! Happy New Year!

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  14. The zipper card will definitely be worth having. Thanks for the details.

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  15. That fabric is a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Hope you can rescue your dress. Great idea that zipper colour card.

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  16. I would leave more comments, but I can't seem to figure out how most of the time. LOVE your red outfit. I can't see a thing wrong with that skirt. I am so encouraged to know that even you have wadders. (-;

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  17. Hello Lovely,

    Just want to wish you an ever sparkling New Year. Love your blog btw =)

    -Mia xoxo
    http://naturezfinest.blogspot.com/

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  18. The zipper card is fabulous! I am going to order one. I purchased a swatch set for Bemberg rayon lining (30 swatches) from Vogue fabrics in Chicago. It was a really wise purchase as I can match the swatches to my fashion fabric then order the correct color online. No doubt the zipper color card will work the same way!

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