Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Medical Scrub Fabric for Nurses, Doctors, Orderlies and Lab Techs

Vogue Fabrics has Medical Scrub Fabric - nursing scrubs, doctor scrubs, lab coats
Nurses, doctors and health care professionals who are required to wear scrubs have a good idea of what works and does not work for them in the regulation attire.  The "one-size-fits-all" approach to hospital issued scrubs just does not cut it sometimes, you know?

Do you relate to any of these statements?
You need a larger pocket for your stethoscope.
You won’t wear scrubs with less than two shirt pockets.
You like lots of pockets on the pants like cargo pants.
You can’t stand pockets on the pants because they pull the pants down.
You want a longer scrub top to cover your hips & "thangs" better.
You work so hard your side seams are starting to burst.
You need something shorter/longer because of your height.
You need a fuller cut in the bust, but you don’t want to look like you are wearing a tent at the waist.

OK, OK, OK….. You get the idea.  We all have our preferences.  So, what to do?

Vogue Fabrics has Medical Scrub Fabric - nursing scrubs, doctor scrubs, lab coats
Vogue Fabrics is now carrying Medical Scrub Fabric.  
Sold by the yard, and also by the bolt at a discounted price. Yes!  Several popular hospital colors in a solid polyester/cotton blend that is slightly heavier than the regular fabric store broadcloth.  And it holds up over repeated washes without needing as much ironing as the standard issue scrubs.   

This fabric can also be used for bedding, martial arts uniforms, and the black is great for ninjas.  Just sayin’.  We are talking an all purpose fabric. 

What else do you need with this?  How about some Drawstring Elastic, Twill Tape or Bias Tape

65% Polyester, 35% Cotton
Machine washable.
58" wide.  

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Two New Classes from Miranda Levy!

Fans of Project Runway season 12 will remember Miranda Levy as the spunky, former military fashion designer from Milwaukee.  Register NOW - space is limited!

Now you can take a sewing class with Miranda at Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, Illinois!  

Two classes are planned for this summer:

Miranda Levy from Project Runway is teaching 2 classes at Vogue Fabrics.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Don't Procrastinate! Sew now for Halloween!

Reconstructing History Patterns - available on

It's that time again.  Pop-up Halloween stores appear in the vacant strip malls.  The drug stores cram plastic toss-away costumes in their seasonal aisles.  Television commercials are infiltrated with  zombies and witches dancing to Thriller.

OK, can I be frank with you here?  You sew, and you pride yourself on your creativity, but every year you procrastinate with the Halloween costume. You put things off until you realize you have no other option than to run out and grab some cheaply constructed thing off the rack, or you dig through your son's closet, grab his football jersey, and put the black stuff under your eyes.  That's when you look to the sewing gods above and exclaim, "Next year I'll do better!"

Start now and create something spectacular!  If you are a costumer, or you like to wear the same costume year after year, treat yourself to a new pattern from Folkwear or Reconstructing History and craft an artful garment that will have others swooning over your talent.  You can be Henry VIII, Sherlock, a real Pirate, or Marilyn in "The Seven Year Itch."   If you've seen a remarkable garment on BBC programs like Downton Abbey or Copper, chances are there's a pattern for it!

In fact, we'll give you a treat.  Take 15% Off
and Reconstructing History Patterns on
when you use Discount Code:  TREAT15  
If you come into our flagship store in Evanston,
bring this post to get the 15% Off savings!     
(Valid through October 31, 2013)

Post photos to our Facebook page to share your talent!

Folkwear Sewing Patterns - available on

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Leather, Suede and Vinyl - Fashion's Hottest Fabrics

On recent trips to New York City and to the French Riviera, we saw store windows filled with exciting items for men, women, kids and home décor created from suede, vinyl and leather.  Jackets included trench coats and slickers, bomber jackets, and cropped styles with metal accents.  Shirts featured classic button-down styling for men, while for women the shirts, skirts and dresses were filled with cut work allowing brilliant contrast colors to pop through from the back.  Attaché cases, upscale messenger bags and purses were accented with metal and rhinestone.   Shoes featured updated clean lines for classic loafers and pumps, while boots were ankle or knee length with metal zipper accents.  The hats and gloves had simple lines, and the belts were filled with metal grommets or spikes.  It was really incredible how many of these items there were in the boutiques and department stores. 

When you use synthetic materials, you get many affordable options for creating your own chic apparel, accessories and home accents.  However, there is a huge difference between apparel grade and upholstery grade fabrics. If you plan on re-covering bar stools or chairs, or you want to re-upholster a sofa, you must choose an Upholstery specific fabric that is manufactured for that purpose.  Scroll down for a helpful guide on our most popular collections.

Vogue Fabrics offers about 100 incredible options online at and even more in the Chicago area Vogue Fabrics retail stores.  You can also order many of these textiles wholesale online for a discount "buy the bolt" price.  

                      Scroll down for a Discount Code

Tricks to sewing these specialty fabrics:
1] If you notice the material is sticking to the metal of the needle plate or slide plate you can use a Teflon foot on your machine - the Teflon glides better over the synthetics than metal.  This type of foot is available in snap-on and low shank.  Then, put some gift wrapping tissue between the fabric and the feed dogs, again to keep the fabric from sticking to the metal (don't worry, the needle will perforate the tissue so it will just pull away when you are done stitching).

2]  Use the right needle.  For vinyl and leather you want a leather needle, like Schmetz Leather for machines or Dritz Glovers for hand sewing.  The tip is flat like a tiny knife, so it slashes the fabric rather than pokes a hole in it.  This allows the fabric to recover and close up around the thread for a clean look.  Suede fabrics work better with an extra sharp needle, like Schmetz Microtex.

       Click here to see some of our hot fix jewel transfers.

Details on our Special Collections:
Ultrasuede is a no-fray fabric, so it is ideal for cut-work, applique and shoe covering.  Although Ultrasuede is manufactured in many weights, we carry a soft, apparel weight option that's ideal for skirts, dresses and jackets.  We can special order other weights for wholesale upon request.  Ultrasuede is also popular for purses and light home accents, like toss pillows.

If you love the look of Ultrasuede, but need a lower price point, you can try the Luxury Suede.  This supple nap fabric features a similar suede appearance, and is sought after for men's shirts and women's dresses.  Unlike Ultrasuede, the Luxury Suede does fray slightly. We can even custom cover buttons for you out of the Ultrasuede or Luxury Suede you buy - just click here for the order form to see pricing.  You can add a request for the custom cover buttons when you order the fabric online by typing us a note in the Customer Notes box of the checkout.

Wet Look Vinyls are very lightweight and have a little stretch, making them purrrrr-fect for catsuits!  If you have a base of coutil, you can also create hot corsets for gothic lolita, cyber punk and anime outfits. The yellow is popular for retro rain slickers. We now carry Wet Look Shadow Vinyl which is popular for costumers because of its crazy designs that almost seem holographic.

Sueded Cuddle features a no-fray suede face bonded to a Minky Cuddle fake fur.  If you sew the wrong sides together with a 3/8" seam allowance you get a great design element )see image to the right).  This is a really warm fabric for outerwear since it is already "lined" with fur.  You can cut this with a scissors, or you can use a matte knife on the suede side to avoid cutting into the fur -- this will help keep your workspace cleaner.

Faux Leathers (fake or imitation leather) provide the look and feel of animal pelts, but are completely synthetic.  This keeps your costs down and your conscience clean.  Recreate any real leather look with any of our Faux Leather and Metallic Faux Leather cloths.

Upholstery Vinyls include shiny Patent, retro Sparkle, and some that look like real leather.  They are all designed to take the abuse given to sofas and chairs, having passed numerous abrasion tests to ensure they won't go thread bare with repeated use.  Plus they have special backings for durability.

Take 10% Off Fabrics in our special
"Leather, Vinyl & Suede Fabrics" section
Through October 31, 2013.

Use Discount Code:  LVSF10

Discount Code is for retail purchase - wholesale is already discounted so no additional discount apply.  Feel free to share this code on social media and with your sewing friends so everyone can save. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

How to Start a Home-Based Fashion Design Business - New Book by Angela Wolf

Two years ago, we posted an epic blog entry titled: Becoming a Fashion Designer. Tips on Starting a Fashion Design Business.  This was one of our most popular posts and generated a lot of feedback online, via email and from people calling and visiting our warehouse.

Now you can have more detailed information in a comprehensive and very reader friendly book from fashion designer Angela Wolf: How to Start a Home-Based Fashion Design Business.  You have seen Angela on It’s Sew Easy and you may have purchased her sewing patterns from our site. Angela also teaches around the country in addition to having her own ready-to-wear line.  So, yes, you could say she is an expert in her field and more than qualified to bring you this fantastic information.

So, what’s in the book?  Angela takes you through a checklist of sorts to make sure you have what it takes to be a fashion designer.  She covers the gamut of issues being self-employed, starting a company, who and how to hire, contracts, relationships with vendors and more.  She also covers subjects including costume design, custom apparel, alterations.

If you sew for a living, you could benefit from this guidebook.  Angela walks you through the important processes of building a business and turning a dream into reality…into actuality…without jumping off a cliff.  

Angela Wolf
Have you considered
starting a clothing line?

Have you considered zoning issues working from home? How about Marketing, PR and social Media? Do you know the best practices for showing your line to buyers?  Do you even know who your target market is, and how to most effectively reach them?

There are many creative people out with small business start-ups. Some can do this on their own, and others need help. This book is your reference guide, your answer key, your mother of all wiki pages for getting you from point A to point B while minimizing the potential roadblocks that can creep up.

One last tidbit: you will want to buy the book for the best presentation of the charts and visuals Angela has included. One of our Facebook fans posted this on our FB page: "I would be happier if the Kindle version had paid some attention to the size of charts. I can barely read them and that is disappointing. Such good information; such a poor presentation. I love the book, but their ePublisher should be fired. Buy the book, but buy print edition. You'll be happy you did.”

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Beachcomber Reversible Cotton Gauze Fabric  $58.95 shirt
Have you seen those plaid shirts with the check accents on the collars and pockets?  Until now, it has been nearly impossible to find fabrics that will allow you to get this look.  We have an exciting collection that will blow your mind!

Vogue Fabrics proudly offers Beachcomber Reversible Cotton Gauze Shiritings.  Super soft, lightweight cotton fabric is double woven with plaid on one side and a check pattern on the other.  You can use either side as the face. 

You can easily re-create those cool camp shirts using the same fabric and reversing the sides.  For the super thrifty, whip up an elastic waist skirt that you can wear reversibly for two looks in one garment.  Also try stitching up a full skirt, slitting the side hem to the knee, and tacking back the corners to showcase both sides.  How about making some clam diggers – full legged  pants with elastic waist that go down to the mid-calf – and rolling up the hem to reveal the reverse.  Create summertime pajamas – the SOFT face is an OMG climbing into bed at night!  $118  Shirt

If you are a Civil War reenactor in the South, consider creating summer garb from this breathable cotton.  It is so lightweight, you can use the German Plastic boning instead of steel to lighten the weight of your dress in the oppressive heat.  Construct the dress from the plaid, and use the check for the contrast waist band and accents at the hem and sleeves. 

Beachcomber Reversible Cotton Gauze Shirtings are available on   Several colors available.

Beachcomber Reversible
Bearchcomber Reversible

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

FitNice System - One Pattern, numerous designs

Jacket from Saint Tropaz
with Sophia Knit contrast.
If you ask anyone who sews clothes for themselves what they consider the hardest part about sewing  a new garment, most will answer "fitting the pattern to my body."  Vogue Fabrics would like to introduce you to Judy Kessigner's FitNice System.  First you fit a "master top" to your figure, and then create numerous new blouses, dresses and jackets by simply altering various aspects of the master pattern. 

Yes, that's right, once you fit the master top pattern to your shape, you can change the sleeve styles & lengths, necklines, hem lengths & styles, and even add different types of front openings to make the top into jackets.  

Judy Kessinger started her career owning and operating a small Retail fabric store in Louisville, Kentucky. She traveled nationwide holding seminars for Hancock Fabrics for over 25 years, designed costumes for national and international figure skaters. 

Five years ago Judy started a new business combining her art of teaching and fitting into the development and production of two patterns-one for Tops and one for Pants. Once you FIT the pattern, an entire wardrobe can be created. Sewing is the easy part but it's the FITTING that makes garments come alive and compliment the body instead of just covering it! 

There is a FitNice DVD for the Master Top and for the Master Pants.  There are 4 "Variations CDs" for the top that give you the full color instructions on how to adjust the Master Top to make nearly one hundred other looks from knits and wovens.  

Each Variation CD offers printable color instructions for numerous stylish looks.

Judy LOVES our Sophia Knit, Tencel Pique Knit and Saint Tropaz collections.  Take 10% Off of these fabrics now through the end of February 2013 with Discount Code: JUDYK

Friday, October 19, 2012

Register Now for Late Fall Classes

Registration is now open for "Beginning Sewing Express,"
"Step Beyond Beginner Express" and "Advanced Sewing" classes that begin in early November.  Register now.  Click the image below to jump to the registration page on our site:

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Skinny on Thinsulate

Dana Marie Sewing Pattern #1032 Baltimore
Dana Marie 1032
What if we told you there was one fabric that could keep you warm outside, indoors, in your bed - and it would totally go with everything?
What is it?  It's
3M™ Thinsulate™. This is an "interlining" which gets sewn between two fabrics to form a protective barrier from the elements. The next time you sew a winter coat, sandwich Thinsulate between the fashion fabric and the lining to get that extra layer of protection from wind and biting cold. 

Thinsulate™ Insulation Type C offers about one and a half times the warmth of down and nearly twice the warmth of high loft fiberfill insulations when equal thicknesses are compared.  It is designed for use where a thin compressible insulation is important. It is breathable, moisture-resistant and can be washed or dry cleaned depending on individual manufacturers' recommendations. Here's what 3M has to say about their Thinsulate:

"3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation is used in your jackets‚ pants‚ gloves‚ hats and boots to help keep you warm when it’s cold outside. The unique microfibers or fine fibers that make up Thinsulate insulation work by trapping air molecules between you and the outside. The more air a material traps in a given space‚ the better it insulates you from the cold outside air. Because the fibers in Thinsulate insulation are finer than the fibers used in most other synthetic or natural insulation‚ they trap more air in less space‚ which naturally makes Thinsulate insulation a better insulator. So we haven’t repealed the laws of nature with our thin insulation; we’ve simply improved them…to help keep you warm.
  • breathable
  • moisture-resistant
  • both machine washable & dry-cleanable (once sewn into the garment or blanket)"
Vogue Fabrics is proud to offer 3M™ Thinsulate™ fabric by the yard and in Wholesale Bolts of 25 yards.  Go ahead and add an insulating layer to your Wool coats, gloves, slippers and blankets.  Going to your kid's soccer game?  Stitch Thinsulate between two layers of fleece for a game-day blanket.  Do you like to look stylish for work but need warmth for the commute? Stitch 3M™ Thinsulate™ between wool coating and Kasha flannel backed satin coat lining.  Keep your puppy toasty warm when you take her for walks this winter!

Take 10% Off 3M Thinsulate
In our stores with Coupon (Click here)
or on our site with Discount Code: WARMTH
Through October 31, 2012

Could you use a 25 yard roll of 3M Thinsulate?

Our 25 yard rolls of the 3M C150 Thinsulate is an ideal size for:

     • Retail Fabric Stores

     • Fashion Designers 

     • Quilting / Sewing Groups

     • Non-Profits that sew blankets

No special registration is necessary.  Everyone is welcome to take advantage of this special deal!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall Fashion 2012 - The Suede Edition

Finally, Mother Nature has turned down the heat in most of the USA and Canada, and the chill is starting to set in at night.  You know what that means? Yep, time to freshen up your fall and winter wardrobe, 'cuz the cold is coming!  So, what's going to be big this year?  Suedes for starters.  Yes, sueded fabrics are hot for men and women, from slacks and skirts, to tops, jackets and vests.

"The only things I haven't seen made of leather this season are knickers," Wall Street Journal's Tina Gaudoin writes, "and most of us know where to look for them if the need arises in any case." 
Ultra Suede - Admiral with Vogue Patterns 8520
Joe Lupo and Jesse Garza of the Huffington Post assess Fall 2012's suede savvy garments: "You don't necessarily have to wear leather pants and a leather jacket a la "The Matrix"; it's more about wearing leather or suede pieces that are ladylike and modern."

Michael Kors offers fashionistas a suede with shearling jacket at Nordstroms for $395. Even Urban Outfitters is picking up on this trend with suede shoes, bags and this sherpa/suede vest by Staring at Stars for $99 (which you could make for less than $30!).  

If you are interested in covering shoes or boots in suede, Ultra Suede is the best since it does not fray, and Vogue Fabrics offers 15 fashion colors.  Vogue Fabrics is offering a popular Shoe Covering Workshop in November so you can get your old pumps looking sharp to match that new outfit you want to whip up before the holiday party season starts.

Kwik-Sew #3558
Sueded Cuddle has a soft suede face bonded to a fluffy and plyable sherpa-style "Cuddle Fur" on the reverse. This fabric brought into popularity by today's top fashion houses and continues each season to be a favorite for outerwear. This fall and winter will be no different, as its popularity increases. Great for gloves, hats, jackets, vests, and accessories where a fake fur is in order.  Nap fabric.  Helpful Hint: To minimize small bits of cuddle fur floating around your sewing space, use a matte knife to cut through the suede face rather using a scissors to cut through the suede and fur.

Luxury Suede is a washable polyester with a sophisticated suede face and woven reverse for skirts, slacks, jackets, vests, men's button down shirts and even toss pillows for light decorating. This apparel fabric is ready to give your wardrobe an elegant and rich look. Medium weight, tightly woven, supple but not fluid. Nap fabric.