Tuesday, June 5, 2012

a little career change

Vogue Patterns magazine - my new home
Today is the first day of my new job as Editor of Vogue Patterns magazine (VPM).

Finally I can tell you what has been going on with me since mid-April.  It is a great story and I will never tire of sharing how I opened an email one day, from a reader of my blog, that changed my life. This reader, the publisher of Vogue Patterns magazine, complimented my writing, blog content and posting consistency and wondered if I might discuss a New York City-based position. In utter disbelief, I read the email to my husband and we both stared at the laptop with dropped jaws.

My first thought was that of course, I simply had to meet this person and discuss the position. If nothing else, wouldn't it make a great story to tell? Honestly, I kept thinking it was a practical joke or, a case of mistaken identity, but I was determined to go through with the meeting and regale my friends with the story, once I knew the punch line. At the very most, I thought I might become a contributor to the magazine.

Friends, it was not a joke. As I spoke with the publisher, I came to understand that this was the real deal. My background and qualifications were not just adequate, but appropriate in light of the long term vision held by the publisher.

The next steps were many day trips to New York, one of which resulted in the photograph you see above.  I had a list of things to learn, like how to use the subway and where to rent a small apartment.  No big deal, right?! But you know what? People come to New York every day, to pursue educations and careers and dreams, and there is room for me in New York, too.

For now, my beloved little blog is going on hiatus. I am settled in the city and I am just starting the climb up the steep learning curve of my new job. In every direction, I encounter support and encouragement. Perhaps that love and support is the most meaningful thing of all  I am very grateful to my husband, family and friends.

Before I get too misty-eyed on you, I will sign off, for now. When the time is right, I will be back online enjoying more interaction with you, the sewing community. You will find me here, at the McCall Company. In the meantime, renew those subscriptions and I will see you in print!

Happy Sewing!


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August 3, 2012 Update:   The adventure came to an end sooner that I imagined, but that's OK.  It was worth it!






160 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, Congratulations!! Looking forward to seeing how the magazine evolves with you at the helm. So happy and excited for you. Best of luck.

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  2. I am thrilled for you. Opportunities like this simply don't exist in Australia.

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  3. Congratulations! That's wonderful news.

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  4. Congratulations on the new direction your creativity is taking you. I will miss your blog posts but will continue to enjoy your words in the printed form.

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  5. Congratulations and best of luck.

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  6. Cheers! This is such a fantastic fit for you. Start singing....I love New York in June, how about you.....

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  7. Congratulations - it sounds wonderful and good luck.

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  8. Oh, oh my! How amazing (and well-deserved) :) That's one very good reason to take a little blogging hiatus :)

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  9. Congratulations! What an exciting adventure. I will miss your voice on this blog but will look for you in your new home. Best of luck in your new endeavors.

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  10. Wow, congratulations! I've followed you for a long time and so I almost feel like a "friend" of mine has actually become a celebrity! I hope everything continues in the same upwards direction for you!

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  11. HOLY COW!!! What a dream job! What an exciting adventure! Congratulations, I am super excited for you!

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  12. Congratulations! Your blog is so inspirational and I look forward to your editorials.

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  13. How amazing for you! What a great story. Best wishes for success in your new job. Your blog presence will be missed, but we will be seeing you in other ways, I'm sure. Congratulations!

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  14. Congratulations. I look forward to seeing you in the magazine and watching how it evolves. All the best.

    Lois K

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  15. Kazaam!!!!
    What wonderful news.
    Congratulations to you.

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  16. Wow, such an amazing opportunity. Congratulations!

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  17. Your post has brought tears to my eyes. I am so excited for you. Congratulations to you! The BIG APPLE no less. I will really miss your blog though. I hope that you are able to get back to it at some stage - I must look into a subscription to the magazine. What an amazing thing to happen.

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  18. Robin, that is such wonderful news! It makes me so happy to hear about good things happening to good people. I will be subscribing, and I look forward to seeing you in print! Enjoy this exciting time; new city, new job, new experiences ~ yay!
    xo, Anita

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  19. Congratulations. Fantastic news. All the best with the new job. You are very very lucky :)

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  20. This is incredible news! Oh Congratulations and all my best for your new endeavor! You are going to MAKE the magazine! I'm definitely going to miss your posts, but I'll look forward to seeing what you do with Vogue Patterns Mag. Best, Best, Best of all luck!
    xoxo, Sunni

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  21. PS You look stunning the in photograph!

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  22. wow - oh wow - I am so excited for you - all the very best for this next exciting step of your life.

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  23. Oh this is so exciting! I had tears in my eyes! What a great opportunity and even more amazing is that they came to you! Congratulations - I will miss your posts and great information. Lucky you!!

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  24. OMG - that is soooo exciting.... Congratulations, I know you'll be fabulous!!!

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  25. Your story is magical and I wish you the very best as you learn your dream job. I will miss your posts and the positive and caring comments that you left on my blog during a difficult time in my life. I know that you will be a huge success and look forward to a connection sometime in the future. It warms my heart to know that extraordinary things like your experience really do happen in the real world. Brava!

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  26. Congratulations on this happy twist of fate! This is the kind of story I won't forget. You are now an editor of a Vogue magazine of patterns. Too cool. In New York City of all places. So I'm bursting with excitement. You will be fabulous in your new post and your readers will eat you up. Be well, take care of yourself, and safeguard that passion for sewing amidst the work-a-day details of magazine-running.

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  27. Congratulations! What a great story--amazing!!!

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  28. Robin, this is so wonderful ! I'm really really happy for you. Congratulations ! I will miss your posts, but I'll be a faithful subscriber.

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  29. Go you! I hope you had a fantastic first day, and now I need to re-up my subscription!

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  30. I am SO excited for you, Robin! And so happy I can say that "I knew you when." PLUS, now I can say that I know an editor at Vogue pattern mag!!! So cool!

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  31. Congratulations! That sounds like a dream job, albeit a lot of work! It seems to me you're having the most wonderful year what with the SWAP win, a new fantastic job, and all the rest. Best wishes for continued success. We'll all be waiting for you to have time to start blogging again.

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  32. Congratulations, Robin! How wonderful!

    Rose in SV

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  33. What a great story! I am so happy for you. What an exciting event, and what a fantastic adventure! This is news that requires a lot of exclamation points!!!

    To think we knew you when you were just a blogger like the rest of us.

    Congratulations!!!

    PS-I have never had a subscription to VPM, I always buy them at the store, but if it helps you, I will get a subscription.

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  34. Wow, how thrilling! Congratulations!

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  35. I am so delighted for you. Huge congratulations. I will miss your blog, but now I have a new magazine to check out! Good luck in your new adventure, i wish you all the success and happiness in the world. Well done:-)

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  36. Looking forward to seeing you soon! Welcome to NYC.

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  37. This is such a fabulous story! Please don't forget to drop in now and again to let us bask in your reflected glory :D

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  38. Oh ya, I also wanted to say that you look stunning in that photo!!!

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  39. Congratulations! Does this mean you will have an office with a window? (just wondering)

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  40. Congratulations! Much continued success to you always! I'm getting a subscription first thing in the morning!

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  41. WOW! Congratulations, what a great story -- can't wait to get the next issue.

    Carol Broscheid

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  42. Congratulations and lots of success.

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  43. That's amazing! Best to you...xo

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  44. What a dream job and fabulous story! Congratulations and all the very best in your new exciting job, a perfect choice by McCalls :)

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  45. Oh my gosh, that is what I wanted to do when I was 16! Many congrats to a fine person!

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  46. Congratulations! How awesome! You will bring so much spirit and style to the magazine. I love your blog, so I'm sure I'll love your influence at VPM.

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  47. To think I knew you when! I google mapped your new workplace and what a cool building. It's such a great story and even 10 years ago this couldn't have happened. Congratulations!

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  48. You are living the dream! Well deserved congratulations.

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  49. What a wonderful development --- for you and for all Vogue readers! Oh, but I will miss your blog --- my favorite! Best of luck to you, and thanks for all that you shared on the blog.

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  50. Yay! (Stands on chair and applauds) I'll miss your blog, like everyone else, but I'm so excited for you! How wonderful!! Congratulations!

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  51. Ohhh! How wonderful!!! I will miss your blog...but I'll keep my subscription running!!!
    How absolutely wonderful!!!

    Brenda

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  52. OMG .. !! What a Cinderella story .. and you made it
    to Broadway! Just a fantastic twist .. WOW!

    As an avid lurker here at your blog (which will be SO
    missed) and at SG, this is so thrilling. You're such a
    professional.

    I picture you, à la Doris Day, sweeping into your new
    domain, dressed to the nines, enveloped in glamour
    and all about your mission .. and then your James
    Garner hubby pops by at the end of the day to
    escort you to dinner at Le Cirque .. Don't I have
    a rich imagination? LOL ..

    Will you be in 'public' online there or behind the
    scenes save for a monthly Editor's letter? Hope you
    can blog there a bit, as you're such a great
    communicator, and you've brought so much to us
    garment sewing out here with your excellent details
    and photos.

    How savvy of them to choose you ! Congratulations
    on this really exciting and wonderful chapter. All
    all the best to you. Enjoy every second of your new
    life.

    ~Joy~

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  53. Wow!! Amazing things DO happen!! Congratulations, and best wishes. As Frank sang; 'Start spreading the news .....'

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  54. I'm speechless!!! I'm so delighted for you!!! This couldn't happen to a better person. Enjoy your new career. We're going to miss you around here but we'll know where to find you (wink)!!!! So happy for you, -sniff, sniff.

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  55. That is fabulous, congrats.

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  56. Oh my word! First of all, I am so thrilled for you. Secondly I am so happy that Vogue magazine had the wherewithal to hire you. I see big things happening under your leadership and offer my sincere congratulations to you and VPM!! Good luck and many thanks for the encouragement you have given to me during the past several months!

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  58. Congrats Robin! I have been reading your blog for the past year, going back through old posts, learning and enjoying so much. I imagine you have many silent fans like me. I've especially appreciated the generosity that you and the others in the little circle of learning/teaching sewists demonstrate. I have no blog and alas nothing much to contribute in the way of useful skills or information, but am thankful for the way you've expanded my sewing universe. Elle

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  59. Congratulations and I look forward to reading you in your new position at the magazine, fantastic! and you know I am a big fan of Vogue patterns !!

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  60. totally amazing. I'm so impressed by you and excited for you. You go girl!

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  61. Congratulations and best wishes on the new job!

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  62. Congratulations and best wishes for every success!

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  63. OH MY GOSH! I love your sewing. I love your writing. I have been lurking for quite a while. This is just awesome. You go girl! I will renew my subscription immediately because of you. Thanks for sharing the wonderful news.

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  64. Congratulations! So, no more pictures of you in your little cubicle?
    I wish you a great start in NY!

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  65. A great story with a happy ending instead of a punch line. Enjoy your new job and NYC!

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  66. I have already congratulated you, but I must do it again, Robin! You are imminently deserving of this great opportunity, and I wish you the very, very best.

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  67. Wow that is so exciting, what a wonderful story - congratulations and until you pop back here I will look forward to seeing you in VPM.

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  68. What a fantastic story - congratulations and enjoy your new job

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  69. Many, many congratulation! What an amazing story and so exciting. Wishing you lots of luck from the UK.

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  70. Amazing,amazing. I am so excited for you. Congratulations.

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  71. This is truly amazing news. Huge congratulations :-)

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  72. Congratulations Robin, wonderful story, enjoy the new job and NY.
    (I arranged to have VPM kept apart for me in the American bookstore here on each release only 2 weeks ago!) Looking forward to your contribution to the magazine.

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  73. Congratulations! You deserve the best!

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  74. Many many congratulations! All the best with the new job! I'm very happy for you.

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  75. Tried to order a subscription but alas it doesn't ship to Australia! Am I doing something wrong?

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  76. congratulations!! so exciting- i will miss reading you here but i can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  77. Wow Robin - that is fabulous news and congratulations +++!
    I wish you all the best in your new (fabulous!) job, and do try and slip in the odd blog post!
    :)

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  78. Yowza! That is very exciting news! Congratulations!

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  79. Please accept my warmest congratulations!!!!! These times are magical, I wish you all the best luck in the new career! So well deserved!!!!!

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  80. Congratulations, Robin!! Great news.

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  82. Congrats! So excited for you....and tho I'll miss your blog posts, I look forward to your articles in Vogue Patterns!

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  83. Wow, just wow. Good for your Robin. They are so lucky to have you. I am so proud of you and so happy for you, and you have earned this. Congrats!

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  84. Neatest thing ever! Congrats and good luck!

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  85. It's like a fairytale or something! :) Well done, congratulations, and I'm sure VPM will be doing some fantastic things under your command! :)

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  86. Hi Robin,
    I've never commented on your blog, but I've been following your projects for years. I guess I tend to relate to your approach to sewing. So I'm thrilled that you will be contributing to Vogue Patterns magazine. Congratulations!

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  87. Congratulations! Wishing you the very best!

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  88. Congratulations! Such exciting news! I wish you all the best in the new position.

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  89. Congratulations! I just received notification on my new Vogue Pattern Magazine subscription. I look forward to reading your comments.

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  90. Congrats Robin on such a fabulous opportunity! I can't wait to see your impact on the magazine! Good luck and enjoy the experience!

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  91. Congrats Robin on such a fabulous opportunity! I can't wait to see your impact on the magazine! Good luck and enjoy the experience!

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  92. How great is that!! Fantastic opportunity, can't wait to see your input in the magazine.

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  93. Wow! Congratulations! What a wonderful story. Have fun in New York!

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  94. It couldn't happen to a better person. Happy new life!

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  95. Fantastic! All the good luck in the world to you! I'm just sorry I didn't call when I was last in Baltimore for another lunch date. Maybe you will have time to host some PR folks, or Artisan Square folks some year in the future when things calm down for you. Meanwhile, keep your head above water and I'm sure you will be an amazing editor!

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  96. Congratulations. Vogue certainly made the right decision.

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  97. Wow--what wonderful news for you and for us!

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  98. Many many congratulations to you Robin! Your fellow posters at Stitcher's Guild are so proud of you!

    Jo-Anne Kristensen aka Sergerqueen

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  99. I am so sorry your blog is departing, but I am so happy for you! You go, girl!

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  100. holy cow! congratulations!!! :)

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  101. What a great true-life story! Hooray, Robin! I've recently rediscovered the improved Vogue Sewing and look forward to seeing where it goes from here with you at the helm.

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  102. Robin, as I said on the SG site, welcome to the neighborhood and congratulations! You will be just ime!

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  103. What a wonderful story!

    Congratulations to you for this well-deserved career move. And I am impressed with the leadership at VPM for seeking out someone of your ability via your blog. A great 21st century story.

    I will delight in following you in this new format. And I try hard to never let my subscription drop anyway. Here is another great reason!

    Wishing you all the best in your new endeavor!

    Martha

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  104. Congratulations!!!! I will miss your blog posts but am excited to see what you do with the magazine!!!! Good Luck! I am rooting for you. :)

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  105. Wow, I literally have goosebumps after reading this! Congratulations!

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  106. How exciting! Very many congratulations! I do hope you will appear in the British edition...

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  107. Fabulous. -- best of luck!

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  108. Congratulations! Enjoy yourself, and I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say we look forward to when you'll be able to get back to blogging. Until then, see you in print!

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  109. Wow!! That's an achievement, well done and a huge congratulations!!

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  110. Oh my...I guess I'm going to have to start buying Vogue Patterns magazine again! Congratulations, Robin :-)

    Pearl

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  111. Congratulations Robin!!! Best luck on your new career! Enjoy every minute of it!

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  112. This is so exciting for you, congratulations! On the other hand I am a bit sad. I am going to miss you.

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  113. Such wonerful news, congratulations this is so exicting for you. I agree with Amy, take care and I will see you in print.

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  114. How wonderful and exciting! Though I wish you were blogging about your new job and the learning experience, I understand totally.

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  115. Robin, this is utterly fabulous. To think I knew you when!;)
    I wish you all the best in this new exciting endeavor. Some get a following, some get a book deal, but you go an incredible job with an incredible company for a magazine that is getting better with each issue. I wish you the best and look forward to seeing you in print. Congratulations!

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  116. CONGRATS...FIESTA!!! I pray you many, many, many RIGHT doors openings!!!

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  117. Mazel Tov! I am thrilled that your talents have been acknowledged and appreciated by Vogue and that you get to take all the best of your hobby and abilities and turn it into an exciting adventure. Congratulations! I will miss your blog but I anxiously await seeing you in print! Woot!

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  118. I was recently introduced to Jelena B. a publisher and Creative Director of McCall - is she a person who called you? WOW! CONGRATS.... what a story!

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  119. What wonderful news! I wish the best for you in your new job and new living situation. I'll be eager to see the results of your work as each issue is published. And I do hope you'll post a photo on your blog of the red jacket when you finish it!

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  120. Oh my goodness. Super congratulations. You must be pinching yourself everyday - a dream job come true. ( Your magazine photo looks very good too !)

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  121. Oh , I have just realised too - imagine the perks - all those beautiful vogue patterns at your fingertips ! Good luck .

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  122. WOW. So amazing! Good luck in your new position, I'll be watching (reading!) from the trenches!

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  123. Congratulations! You're going to have so much fun.

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  124. Wow!, I am going to miss you.

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  125. Woah! What wonderful news for you! As I've said before, I have always liked your blog. I will miss it, but I guess I will need to subscribe to the magazine!
    Good luck!!!

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  126. Congratulations!!! So exciting. I have enjoyed your blog for some time. Look forward to seeing you on the pages of Vogue magazine.

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  127. What an amazing opportunity. Good for you!!! I'll miss reading your regular posts, but look forward to seeing you between the pages of VPM.

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  128. OK, I'm adding to what everyone else has said - all the very best and you will be missed. Better late than never. You have helped me unknowingly with many sewing projects and thank you for that. Many best wishes.

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  129. That is the most amazing story and I hope you'll feature in the UK version although I don't think we are able to get Vogue Patterns Magazine over here, only 'Sew Today'. Your blog has no doubt inspired hundreds and will be sorely missed. All the very best of wishes and good luck in your new role.
    Debbie B

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  130. Wow, what a marvellous story. Congratulations! I shall miss your blogging a great deal, but best wishes for your future.

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  131. Well done! I just recently found your blog, but it's a gem!

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  132. Wow! I had been wondering about the mystery about the move but never imagined this! Congratulations on this dream job and I can't wait until you have time to update your blog and tell us about your new career.

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  133. Fantastic! I am sure you will do a superb job, and we all will enjoy the magazine all the more for your input. I realise that with over a hundred comments I am just adding to the din, but I had to give my congratulations too. I've loved your blog and will miss it, but it is good to know that your voice will still be out there. You have my best wishes, I'll be rooting for you!

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  134. Congratulations Robin! You so completely deserve this! Good luck in this exciting new path!

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  135. Congratulations! I feel like I've known you as part of my "online guild" for years from Pattern Review, Sewing Guild at Artisan's Square and your blog. I am so thrilled for you! You must at least post a pic of your "Big City" sewing area (if you get any time to sew lol). Best of luck in your job and I think I might pick up a subscription now that I know you are at the helm!

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  136. Congratulations! Best wishes!

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  137. Wow, just like in a fairy tale! Congratulations!

    You've deserved that. I'me a novice to sewing, and I've loved your work. It was such a quality work, that I'm ever grateful you have shared it with us. How lucky we've been being your students. I hope you'll be back one day!

    I hope you know how to use the subway by now. That line made me smile.
    Maria

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  138. Holy smokes! I am mostly a lurker but your blog has been on my daily "check and read" list for a long while now. I will miss reading your blog but as a subscriber to Vogue Patterns, I look forward to seeing you on the editorial page. Wow! Best of luck!

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  139. Congratulations Robyn - a well deserved opportunity. I hope you enjoy your new career as much as I have enjoyed your blog. You prove that dreams can come true.

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  140. Congratulatios! This is amazing.
    I wish you all the very best in your new career and I will miss you here.

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  141. Congratulations, Robyn. This is great news. I am so happy that things like these can happen at least in the US. Have fun in NYC and I am sure the job will be exciting! Keep us posted when you have time

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  142. Thanks such great news, congratulations Robin! Can't wait to get my hands on VPM now ... I'm sure you're going to have a great time connecting with some of your NYC blogger friends, too.

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  143. Robin, I'm very late to the party, but congratulations on your new job!!! I'll miss reading your blog, but will be rooting for you in your new job. You will do well, after all who knows better what sewists want other than another sewist?? Congrats and best wishes!

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  144. OMG! Congratulations, Robin! What GREAT news. Enjoy the adventure and don't stay away too long. We miss you.

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  145. Current issue of Vogue Patterns arrived a couple of days ago. Great job. I love, love, love the lace.

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  146. Congratulations, Robin - that's fantastic!

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  147. I'm soooooo behind the times...this is fantastic! Congratulations!

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  148. Congratulations Robin! I cam across your blog over a year ago in Holly's BYW class. I am so happy for you! All the best! I am already a VPM Subscriber and can't wait to see more! :)

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  149. Wow! The amazing power of blogging! Well done, you deserve it.

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  150. Just saw this -- congratulations! This is how big things come about: while you're doing what you love to do.

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  151. Congratulations Robin!!! You are a wonderful choice for this job.

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  152. Congrats on the new job. Perhaps you could help the poor souls who art directed the Fall Pattern Catalog for McCalls? It's really a thing to behold. I know an art director who would LOVE to help. :-D It's not me, I promise.

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  153. What a fantastic story!!!

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