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Jul 5, 2012

MPB Exclusive: VOGUE PATTERNS MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY!



Friends, it's summer, it's sweltering, and I'm about to cut three yards of navy linen I hopefully won't drip sweat on.  It's also time for another Vogue Patterns magazine giveaway!

Hot-off-the-presses is this August/September 2012 issue, which just happens to include an article I wrote entitled, "But Does it Sew: What To Look For When Buying a Vintage Sewing Machine."  This is the article I should have read before I bid on that Elna Lotus two months ago; the fact that I didn't take my own advice doesn't discount its value, however.  What's that adage, Do as I say, not as I do? 



Like all issues of Vogue Patterns, this one's chock full of gorgeous fashion, expert sewing advice, and this time, there's a special emphasis on lace.   Fans of Duchess Kate-style -- this one's for you!









The August/September issue also contains a special surprise.  I'm not authorized to share it with you nor even give you a clue (it has nothing to do with me) but one lucky MPB reader will find out in less than two weeks -- perhaps a bit more if a resident of Brisbane.  Oh, I'm bursting to tell you!  But I can't.





As always, MPB readers the world over are eligible for this giveaway and you have till midnight Sunday, July 8th to enter (EST).   I'll announce the winner, chosen at random, on Monday, so you have plenty of time. 

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment -- easy!  Of course, if you want to include a hot-weather survival tip, that would be much appreciated though unlikely to increase your chance of winning (which wouldn't be fair to my Icelandic followers).

Of course, if you don't win, you can always subscribe to Vogue Patterns here!

Friends, I think it may be time to soak in a cool tub.  (Don't include that tip, I already know it.)

Have a great day, everybody, and good luck!



131 comments:

  1. Try sewing in the nude to stay cool in this hot sweltering heat. But beware of sharp scissors and hot irons!!

    I would love to have an autographed copy of VP for the guest suite at Bobbin House Studio!!

    Cheers!

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  2. Drinking ice water works for me -- or at least, it helps.

    OTOH, I live in Paradise (aka Seattle), so it is not usually too hot or too cold. [Some people have claimed it is to gray, but what do they know?]

    Beth

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    1. Also, I have a subscription, so I have your immortal words delivered to my doorstep already. Some other deserving soul should get it.

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  3. We're sweltering in the heat wave here in the Midwest too, Peter--outside, that is. I feel silly even mentioning this, but inside we have, umm, air conditioning. Anyway, that's my hint, and I will be happy to win that magazine.

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  4. I discovered your blog a month ago, but I'm already hooked. I'd love to have the Vogue mag and I'd treasure it always. Does that sound too creepy?

    Hot weather tip? Make friends with someone with an air-conditioned sewing studio. Move in.

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  5. Oh... I wonder what the surprise inside is? I love surprises (as long as they don't involve me having to pay more income tax, or such like :(! ).

    Tip for hot weather: If you're at homethis is easier - but use a wash-cloth/small flannel soaked in cold (or even iced water) ring it out so it doesn't drip and hold it for a few minutes over your pulse points - or other areas of the skin where your blood vessels are closer to the surface. E.g. wrists, back of the next/nape, temples near the forehead, the insides of your elbows, behind the knees even! You'll effectively be cooling your blood down - making you feel more refreshed. I've even been known to wrap an ice-cube in a damp wrung-out thin cheesecloth and apply it to my neck/temples to cool myself down :)

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    1. Another one - take a clean face/wash cloth, run it under the tap. Wring it out as tight as you can - so it's just damp. Place in a plastic food bag. Put into the freezer - yes the freezer! (You could bput a whole supply in there if you have them to spare.) After an hour or two take one out - and if you rub it over your face/skin it will feel wonderfully cooling!

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    2. Me (again!!) - the cloth will of course freeze hard - but rest assured it will unfold and work it's cooling magic. They don't last long melting quickly. But when I've come home in London from a stifflingly hot train on the tube (subway) I grab one of these from the kitchen when I get in & it's lovely!

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  6. Living in Miami I recommend: lots and lots of lemonade, better with frozen raspberries !

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  7. High of 108 today here in the central midwest.

    In addition to the obvious AC (orders of magnitude more common here than in the northeast), a steady diet of iced drinks, cold meals, and popsicles, going to bed still soaking wet from a cold bath or shower with a fan on high usually does the trick for me.

    Oh, and soaking my feet in a cold water bath while reading Vogue Pattern Magazine sounds like a little bit of heaven...

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  8. I remember someone reminiscing (was it here?) about a sister who would lay in a cold bath with her hair done and her make up on until her date arrived when it was hot. When the doorbell rang she would leap out of the bath, towel off and slip into her clothes, sashaying downstairs as cool as a cucumber. Of course, you have to be dating for this tip to be useful. Hardly anyone here in Naples has A/C or can afford to use it much if they do. Old fashioned (and often very beautiful) hand fans are popular -- and honestly, they do have a nice impact, both on the temperature and one's allure.
    I'd love to win the giveaway!

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  9. I just learned a tip on keeping one's house cool in this beastly weather. If you don't have central air conditioning (thankfully I do, or I'd be dead), open the house up in the evening when it cools off. First thing in the morning, hopefully before the sun rises, shut up the house tight, draw the drapes (black out shades help) and keep it closed up; the cool air inside will linger longer than if there was more air exchange. I'm sure this is pretty much how people lived before the advent of air conditioning.

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  10. Congrats on the article! I just bought a Red Eye and I'm working on getting it ready to sew....I can't wait!

    My survival tip is to put a block (or bag) of ice in front of your fan so it blows past the frozen cube(s)...or find some A/C to relax in....Stay cool!

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  11. There's always put an unopened ice cold can of soda or beer on the nape of your neck to cool off. At church the Grandma's all had thick cardboard fan's on tongue depressors with Jesus knocking at the door. That did the trick on Sundays.Then there is run cold tap water on your inner wrists.

    Oh,and please please pick me.

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  12. My tip? Iced coffee, water, beer, water, repeat... ;)

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  13. Well, since you asked, Peter... I live in hot weather central, so here's 1) central air. It's an absolute necessity here in the South where last week it got up into the triple digits! 2) fans. Here in the summer, they run 24/7. Supposedly, it cuts down on electricity bills, too. 3) ice cold drinks. Heck, even if they're not cold, drink (non-alcoholic, non-carbonated--both Coke (soda to those of you up North) and alcohol are diuretics) like you're a fish. Heat stroke and even heat exhaustion can kill. and finally 4) icy snacks like ices and Popsicles.

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  14. I wouldn't suggest my method of staying cool on a 100+ degree day like we are having her in Chicagoland right now,but this is what I'm forced to do today. I broke a toe this morning so I am spending the afternoon on my couch in the a/c with a bag of ice on my foot and watching Deadliest Catch on my DVR. This season they are battling epic ice so watching them scrape ice off their boats makes me feel better.

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  15. This looks gorgeous! I would love to win, of course.

    Hot weather survival... Pull down the shades (to keep the house dark) and as many windows as possible to get a good breeze. My husband disagrees with the last one. He thinks we should close the windows and turn on the AC...

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  16. Ooooh. I'm from Brisbane and I'm busting to know what the surprise is! Can't you give a little clue? :D

    I'd love a copy of Vogue Patterns. I don't often buy it here (it's not terribly easy to find where I shop) and it's out of my budget to subscribe. But I'm keen to see Robin as the new editor.

    Hot weather tips? As you probably know, Brisbane is HOT for a lot of the year, but previous posters have offered up most of my strategies already. I've noticed, though, no one has suggested icy cold beer. There's my tip! ;-)

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    1. Gadzooks -- that (Robin) was the surprise! I didn't realize she had announced it already. Oh well...

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    2. Perhaps those of us in Brisbane aren't so behind the times as you think, hey? ;-) LOL.

      She announced it on Stitcher's Guild and (I think) her own blog at the start of last month.

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  17. Live in a not-so-hot country. Now, gimme that magazine, I didn't win last time. :-)

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  18. Here is the best hot weather tip for sleeping (next to having an AC, of course): dampen a sheet in the shower, wring it out, and sleep underneath it with a fan blowing on you. When it gets up into those 100 degree+++ days this has saved my life. DIY AC.

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  19. Living in a cold country definitely helps as there are no real heat waves - just nice sunny weather :D
    Ah, I could really use the tips on sewing lace <3

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  20. Love your blog! And this giveaway :)

    Hot weather tip: I'm not particularly well equipped for hot weather (I'm from Finland), but sewing is actually easier in your underwear, especially if you have to try your garment on a lot. Less hassle... And a funny thing: hot shower helps more than a cool one (air feels cooler for longer...)

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  21. I'd suggest moving to San Francisco, the fog keeps it cool 24/7!

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  22. Okay am going to click my super shiny sparkly slippers three times and wish . . . Hot weather tip. Tea. Apparently it cools you down, not tried it but why don't you. Especially if you are sewing in the heat.

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    1. Not ice tea but regular hot tea.

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  23. Good iced coffee over crushed ice & a fan in the sewing room keep me going both here in inland SoCal & at our place in AZ too . Yes I have sewing machines strewn over 2 states LOL . Sewing in deshabille if no one will be around is good too ;)

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  24. I don't have any stay-cool tips for you Peter, but I'd love to be included in the drawing for the magazine.

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  25. I would love to win the magazine :D

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  26. My tip for surviving hot weather? Recline on a sofa with a cup of tea and a copy of Valley of the Dolls. And maybe a chocolate biscuit or two (preferably not melting). x

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  27. I would love to win the give away. My hot weather tip. Wear as little as possible, and hang out in the basement next to the dehumidifier. It keeps the air dry and cold.
    Also bare feet on the cold tile floor in the basement will totally chill you in about an hour. One more tip, the portable spray mist and a fan combo. Love this for being outside and unable to find a/c.

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  28. Looks like a great issue!
    I'm all about hot weather survival tips - temperatures hang out in the low 100's/high 90's during the summer around these parts, and I'm too freaking cheap to have my A/C repaired.
    1. A window fan is a necessity
    2. Pants are not
    3. Place a bowl full of crushed ice in front a fan - instant ghetto AC
    4. take ice cold showers instead of warm showers - you'll feel cooler and cleaner than you would after taking a hot shower

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  29. I would love to read that - it would be much more interesting than all the graduate readings I'm doing right now!

    Hot weather tip - from an Arizona girl - southern Arizona where we are proud to count days as hot only when they are over 100. Below that, it's just warm...

    1. Wearing more revealing clothing does not keep one cool! Surprise, but covering up with short sleeves, longer shorts/skirts, and nicely ventilated shoes goes a long way to being cooler! Less skin revealed is less skin being beat upon by the sun's rays!

    2. Always, always, always wear at least a 25 SPF on your face and neck, and then at least a 15 SPF all over. I have lived in Arizona for over 15 years, and my doctor still congratulates me on not having tanned, leathery skin. I'm not porcelain white, but have enough color to look healthy.

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  30. We've been having 100+ degree temps here in Indiana for over a week. I'm going through the usual stages of grief:

    "It's not that hot - I can hack it."
    "102 for the sixth day straight? C'mon! This is ridiculous!"
    "Maybe if I stay home in just my underwear I can bear it."
    "I'm so miserable, we have to move to Alaska. Today."
    "I'm embrace my sweat. Sticky is the new comfortable."

    The sooner you get to number 5, the better.

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  31. We're wilting here in PA too. This is ridiculous. I'd love to win the magazine. Off to my basement sewing room....

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  32. My cold weather tip is to clean out your air conditioner. I was concerned mine wasn't keeping up, but it turns out it was just wearing a warm fuzzy cottonwood sweater. Obviously this tip really only applies to people with central AC in neighborhoods with lots of trees.

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  33. Two hot weather tips here.

    !. Fantasize about when you experienced -53C. I swear I can bring down my body temperature just thinking about it.

    2. Have a very hot bath, soak for a while. Wash your hair. When you get out, don't dry off and get right into bed soaking wet, you can actually feel cool long enough to fall asleep. This works better than a cool bath, in my experience.

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  34. Congratulations on being published. Looks like a great issue.

    Living in NEngland, it also helps me to remember how little summer we actually have and how much cold we endure. Drink lots of fluids, use fans or ac, and get to a lake or beach if you can, too!

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  35. I see others have pointed out the new editor. (You are a little behind things, Peter. It must be the heat.) The best thing you can do for the heat is to come to Seattle. Our summer has just started. It was 70 yesterday and it is a blistering 75 today. We had rain and 60s all June and now we are in for some pleasant days. If you've never been here, you should come in June (if you want rain) July, August, September( if you want some sun, but not alot of heat.)
    Also, I would love to win the magazine. As soon as I heard Robin was the editor I signed up for a subscription, but it hasn't kicked in yet.

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  36. My two tips made a huge difference in our house and our summer electric bills as it can get very toasty (though no humidity) in the Sacramento Valley: Shade the south side of your house (a tree and a patio cover made a world of difference) and have ceiling fans installed in every room you can put them in.

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  37. To think in a few short years you have gone on to be able to write knowledgeably about vintage sewing machines. Bravo!

    How to keep cool. I go from an air conditioned apartment to an air condtioned car and then to and air conditioned office. AC is the only advice I can suggest.

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  38. I hear strawberries are nature's coolant. Eat strawberries? strawberry lemonade over ice?

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  39. No tips for dealing with hit weather, but you are so COOL already I'm amazed it impacts you! hehehe. I'd love to win a copy!

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  40. Thanks for a great giveaway...my tip for the sweltering weather is stay hydrated! Mary :)

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  41. Congratulations on being featured ;)

    To stay cool (or cooler) in hot weather, drink lots of water, have a fan handy in your bag, carry a parasol, avoid heavy fabric and dark colors.

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  42. drinking a lot of water (and wine in the evening), replacing ice cubes with frozen fruits such as strawberries and raspberries.

    I'd love to read your article.

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  43. I have a subscription to Vogue, that you inspired, and it's so exciting when the new issue arrives--I practically memorize it. As for staying cool....multiple dips in a cool pool (or tub if that's what you have access to). Make the temps bearable....

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  44. If you wear crocs, put some ice cubes in them before you go out!

    Enter me in your draw please.

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  45. Believe it or not I've never bought this magazine! Can't get it in my coastal Australian town. Alas. I think a subscription may be in order.
    When it's hot here I never wear polyester, drink iced water and stay out of the sun if possible from 10 until 3.

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  46. My hot weather must have is a tumbler from Tervis-- it has air space around the drink-- for me, as much ice as I can jam in there, and then iced tea. If you add the lid and the straw, you can go shopping for hours, leave the drink in your hot car and come out to find that you still have ice in it. I *love* my tumbler. It's 99 degrees out here in the metro DC area today, and it's right beside me.

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  47. No-one has yet suggested the obvious: come and visit us in Melbourne (Australia). It's mid-winter here. We have some pretty good fabric shops and would make you very welcome. Oh, you could bring the signed copy of Vogue with you:)

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  48. Please count me in! The cost of Vogue Patterns Magazine is prohibitive here, not to mention the time delay before it hits our shores.
    My hot weather tip - the T.G.I.F. Cocktail: pour half a glass of wine, add three or four ice cubes then top with soda water or lemonade and a squeeze/twist of lime. Heat forgotten!

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  49. My piece of advice is to avoid wearing body armour. The last 48hrs has proven what I already knew - you sweat a ton and it can't evaporate!
    For days when Kevlar isn't involved, I'd love a copy of super surprise Vogue!

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  50. The magazine looks lovely! Hope to read it soon!

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  51. Turn on the cold water and stick your wrists in to cool off quickly. Or put your face in the freezer. And if you're stuck outdoors or you don't have A/C, make sure you're replacing the salt you lose when you sweat, not just the water, or you won't stay hydrated.

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  52. My hot weather tip is to keep a spray bottle of water in the fridge and spritz myself (or the dog) when I get a little overheated. You may not be aware that I have moved from the subtropics to the coolest part of Australia, so I agree with what Textile Tragic says above: come down here! The grass was crunchy this morning when I walked Molly.

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  53. if i'm working at a desk during hot weather i like to keep a little tub of cold water underneath it to soak my feet... cooling down your ankles and wrists is a very effective way of bringing down your body temperature.

    i'm very sensitive to sunlight and high temperatures so these days i avoid being outside during the day, tight-fitting clothes and synthetic fabrics. i change into loose-fitting t-shirts and shorts as soon as i'm home, probably not the most flattering but very effective.

    the issue looks interesting, especially the lace! i have a gorgeous piece of dark blue vintage lace here i'd like to turn into a dress, some extra tips would come in handy!

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  54. It's never hot or cold where I sew - I climate control it - thanks to reverse cycle air conditioning! BTW I live in Brisbane Australia - now I'm busting to know what the surprise is. Would love the newest copy of VPM as it is so ridiculously expensive here and a subscription isn't much better unfortunately. Looking forward to seeing the new Editor's column too. Keep cool, my Mum has an ice thingy she puts in the fridge to get cold and then wraps it around her neck, not high fashion, but she swears it cools you down??...

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  55. I live in Australia and would HAPPILY trade places with you right now - it's a cold winter in Melbourne this year!

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  56. I would love to win, but I live in a cool climate. Those gadgets that combine a handheld fan with a water spray bottle look fun...

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  57. Hi Peter, would love a signed mag!!!!!!!!!Great hot weather tips. I swim outdoors at public pool (the life guards see me before they open, pulling at the bit). Then a cold shower after, and leave hair wet....I also read that in the "Napoleonic" Era (1795 - 1812 plus) when those Empire dresses were in "vogue", and not much under them, one fashion idea was to wear the thin, semi-transparent dresses WET.... Cathie, in humid Quebec.

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  58. weather tip:
    1) if it's hot, watch a movie with snow
    if it's cold, a beach movie
    if it is raining too much,a movie
    with lots of sumshine
    2) tightfitting clothes i.e. spandex etc is a no no for both hot and cold weather. Loose fitting is better. Apparently an air barrier forms between your skin and the clothes which helps you keep cooler in summer and warmer in winter, or so the experts say. Works with me anyway.
    3) ice in front of a fan
    4) lots of drinks, preferably unsweeted,and no alcohol. It doesn`t have to be cold.
    5) when having to shop in an overly air conditioned store put on a sweater or jacket as you go in and take it off when as you come out. The contrast between the two wont be so bad.

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  59. I'd like to win this magazine :)!

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  60. I would love to win the magazine......I'm afraid I do not have a hot weather tip for you, I don't do well in extreme heat so I avoid it to the fullest extent possible.

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  61. you know there are places more remote then Brisbane :-)

    hmm, surviving the heat ... I usually run a cold bath early in the morning and then take dips every couple of hours to cool down, plenty of fans positioned around the apartment and a salad for dinner

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  62. My favorite tip is from Marilyn Monroe: keep one's undergarments in the ice box.

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  63. Congrats on another article in VP! How nice of you to share with this give-away.

    Others have already given you my stay-cool tips, but my favorite (other than air conditioning!) is ice in front of a fan. When I was a kid, my parents had “air coolers,” which basically used this concept in a nice-looking unit. Today, there’s a company that still makes these, but charges a fortune. All you need is a fan and a bowl of ice in front of it. Although I have AC, I sometimes use this trick to save on electricity. Wearing natural fabrics and drinking plenty of water are also favorites.

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  64. I would love to have a hot weather tip, but since I'm one of those San Francisco Bay area residents, I don't need them; quite the opposite ::sigh::

    And yes, Robin announced her wonderful (and well deserved!) new position on her blog several weeks ago - how appropriate to have another fellow blogger with a featured article in her inaugural issue :D

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  65. Popsicles have never failed me, but my daughter lives in Anchorage. They never have a problem with the heat........... of course there's always the winter. Yes, yes, yes to the magazine.

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  66. My stay cool tips: Make neck coolers. Of course the first couple are prototypes to use and the rest go to the troops stationed overseas and in the US. http://www.west-point.org/parent/wpp-grad/Coolers.html http://www.water-sorb.com/store.php?crn=209
    I would love a copy of your article. I love vintage machines! The nearest fabric shops are out of your issue (all are over an hour highway driving). Please-please-please pick me!

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  67. to quench my thirst in the heat, i made homemade popsicles with a popsicle mold i found at ikea (:

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  68. Pick me! Pick ME!!! I highly recommend gin and tonics served up by pool boys who then fan you with large palm leaves. Yeah. That. And a Vogue Pattern Magazine would be the perfect accompaniment. :)

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  69. Can't wait to see that issue of Vogue; it looks GREAT.>salivating< it is rapidly catching up to Threads as my fave sewing magazine! I get soooo tired of all the other mags with their amateurish articles and kindergarten-level sewing projects. I wonder who "Robin" is...I guess I will find out! No hot weather tips...all the ones I know have already been mentioned. The one about allowing your place to cool down at night and then shutting out the sun during the day is a good one. Here's hoping the heat snap breaks soon!

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  70. Ho hum, tornado warnings in our little corner of Alberta - where are the red shoes Dorothy?

    Enjoy the warmth :o)

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  71. I get cooled down if I sit in front of fans after dampening my face, neck and arms with a cool washcloth.

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  72. Great giveaway. Congratulations on getting another article published!

    Put a few drops of rosemary and peppermint oil in your bath - that blend is very cooling. Alternatively, put the oils in a bowl of ice water and use it to bathe your wrists and face. This got me through a heatwave in Melbourne in 2007 - it got up to 48 C (118F) inside our house.

    - Penelope

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  73. I love your blog Peter! I would love to win this! I'm teaching myself to sew also. All I can say is Remember January...THINK COOL!!!

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  74. I'd love to win.

    I melt in humidity... I find the old cold rag on the neck is the best bet. And an excellent fan.

    Or, if all else fails, go see a movie!

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  75. Congratulations on another published article! I'd love to read your wise words op glossy magazine paper ;)

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  76. Love to have the magazine. Stay wet in front of the fan.

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  77. Wonder what the surprise is? Oh please just count me in!

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  78. Now I want to win just to find out what you're being all mysterious about! Hot weather tip - air conditioning. First world luxury.

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  79. Fabulous magazine with lots of eye candy! Throw my name in the hat.
    Njeri
    cutekipepeo@gmail.com

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  80. Gorgeous lace. My hot weather survival tip - visit the UK - we're not having a summer this year!

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  81. Great tip for getting rid of heat: Export it to scandinavia - I want some of it! And the magazin as well, of course :-)

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  82. I use a parasol all through the Australian summer - gotta watch out for that sun! Hope you're keeping cool.

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  83. My tip - drink a cup of hot tea. It makes you sweat, which then cools you down. And keeps you hydrated too!
    Otherwise you can always come and visit Cape Town. We have snow on the mountains which acts as a natural airconditioner. :-)

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  84. A stylish Karl Lagerfeld-like hand-held fan, maybe ? Very handy to hide yourself behind when you're blushing too.
    Sorry, I know it's as lousy a tip as can be, but please, put my name in the hat anyway.
    E.

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  85. I would like to get the copy! No special survival tips to add, the same: drink water (not very cold), take warm-hot shower, cold-nat towel around the neck. B.r.,

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  86. When coming in from braving the oven that is NYC in summer, the prescription is: get a small bowl of ice water, soak washcloth and wring to damp, run cloth over neck, arms, legs. Let the damp air dry as you go to the freezer and take one large teaspoon of sorbet. Wait for the all over icy shiver.

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  87. This is when a man with poor circulation turns out to be refreshingly handy.

    His chill can be your thrill!

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  88. Peter, congrats on your article! I'd love to read it- and will no matter if I win or not.

    My cool tip is a frogg togg's Cooling Chilly Pad Towel. My husband swears by it!

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  89. Oooh, count me in!

    Hmm, you could freeze up a water bottle then press it to your forehead, back of your neck, wherever. Then afterwards you can drink it! Gotta rehydrate~

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  90. I've wondered if the neck coolers are effective. There are a number of patterns on-line. Here's one: http://www.p2designs.com/shipcooler.htm

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  91. Ya booo, stop bragging about the hot weather! It's summer here too and we've had one sunny day in the last 3 weeks!

    Anyway, when it is hot, people say you can keep your home cool by hanging a damp towel in a window...or you could just eat ice cream for breakfast...

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  92. My pets are sprawling on the tile floor and panting--it seems to work for them. Maybe I'll nudge them aside and try it!

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  93. Count me in--I'd love to read the article!

    I have nothing to offer. It's been cold here in Calgary and only in the past week have we started seeing temperatures in the low 70s (for you fahrenheit people). And it seems to have finally stopped bloody raining--at least, not raining all day.

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  94. Woohoo! I love giveaways:) No hot weather advice for you... I live on Vancouver Island in Canada, and totally scorched my legs yesterday by accident in our first really summery day:( Looking forward to the blazer adventure.....

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  95. Love the blog! Hot weather survival tip: lots of smoothies!

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  96. I would love to win that, thank you for the opportunity. Vegas is hot and dry, so I always try to get plenty of fluids.

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  97. Peter,
    You are the highlight of my blog reading day!

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  98. Please count me in, eager to know what the surprise is!

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  99. Congratulations on your article; you just convinced me to subscribe to Vogue, but I'd love to have an autographed edition. Thank you, Peter. You could always come to Seattle to cool off - we're due for the high 80's over the next few days. Not like my childhood, living in Massachusetts where you never got dry after you took your shower for sure.

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  100. Eat ice-cold watermelon. To remove stickiness from face, dive into Hudson Bay.

    For our dear cat who has a phobia of fans, I wrap an ice-pack in an old t-shirt and tuck it between his two hind legs. He purrs. I also serve him cold water from a porcelain tea-cup. Tiger’s* tip is to never sew yourself into a fur bodysuit, regardless of how exquisitely striped it may be.
    (*indicates name has been changed)

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  101. My DH, who was raised without A/C in one of the hottest cities in Texas, says "breathe slow." Doesn't work for me, but you might try it! Already have the magazine. AC is my answer to the heat, and when outside, the cool collar around my neck.

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  102. Here in Missouri we are on day #9 of 100 plus temps but no humidity which is very unusual for us. My suggestion to keep cool-a water baloon fight or if the neighbors aren't watching sray down with the hose. I would love to win the magazine but only if you autograph it!

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  103. Oh. Wow. The lace garments! I'd love to include more lace in my clothing for the coming summer, so please count me in!

    As for staying cool in summer, I recommend watermelon and lots of it. Even better, if you have a melon baller, scoop wee balls out of a few different types of melons before popping them into a tall glass and topping with fizzy lemonade. Sublime.

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  104. Would love to win the magazine.
    I don't have any stay cool ideas that haven't already been mentioned - I like the ice cream for breakfast idea.

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  105. Love your blog. One thing my stepfather used to tell me when i got overheated was to take a cold drink or ice pack or something and hold it on the inside of your wrists....the blood is closer to the surface and will take the cool around your body. It does work. :)

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  106. Wow, I would love a copy of Vogue Pattern and find out the secret!!!! as I come from the Gold Coast (just down the road from Brisbane town)

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  107. I'd love that magazine! I can't say I have any constructive tips on dealing with the 7th circle of hell that is the outdoors at the moment. Usually I just walk around the house whining about the heat to anyone who will listen. Is it effective? Nope. But for some reason I still seem to do it. :]

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  108. Congrats on the article! My hot weather tip? Take a hot yoga class... it makes the rest of a hot summer day feel downright brisk.

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  109. Your article looks very intersting. I'd love to win this magazine, but can't help anyone with heat problems. Here in Nova Scotia, I'm still wearing wool socks in the evening, as summer may not be dropping by here this year!

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  110. Your article looks very intersting. I'd love to win this magazine, but can't help anyone with heat problems. Here in Nova Scotia, I'm still wearing wool socks in the evening, as summer may not be dropping by here this year!

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  111. It's 66F here on the CA coast...and this is a warmer-than-average day since it's sunny. I have absolutely no heat survival skill. Everyone in town complains bitterly about how warm it is when it gets to high 70's! I would love to check out the magazine, though.

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  112. Please Please, Please I would love the VPM. we just can't get it here in the UK. It looks like we could do with some of your summer temperatures as it's damp and cold here too!

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  113. I always drink water, but without ice-cubes, because ice cubes make my throat sore. Also I have tried to drink hot tea. Although it sounds weird, but it helped. Someone told me that in Arab they drink hot drinks to fight the heat.

    Count me in the giveaway competition.

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  114. Ideally, I would keep cool with a cabana boy who was using a large fan on me (whilst I read the new Vogue).

    Failing that...cold drinks, a/c or fans, and as much nakedness as society will allow.

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  115. That heat you guys are having, I definitely feel your pain. The tips so far have been really great, I don't know how much I could add... but in summer here I love to hang out in the shade of a big tree and hopefully catch a breeze.

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  116. tip from a childhood in Arizona - stand outside whenever it rains. should save on the water bill and entertain the neighbors.
    Great blog. We must be the same age - I've been reading it as much for the Teen Beat covers and Gilligan's Island thoughts as the super sewing projects. But I would like the VP, if you're willing to send it to cool rainy London.

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  117. I would love to win the VPM as I believe we cannot get it here in Australia. We are having a cold spell ATM but I have used those neck scarves which are filled with a gel and you soak them in water and place around your neck, they stay cold for a long time, and the neck is a good place to cool your body down.

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  118. Pick me! I would love to have this!
    Hot weather: wet bandana tied over the head/neck. Cools you off as the water evaporates.

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  119. I need inspiration to plan for summer weather while freezing in Oz.

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  120. I do love Duchess Kate's style. I'd love to read your article. I love, love lace.
    I definitely need to win this giveaway!

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  121. For immunity to hot weather I spent 6 months in New Hampshire 5 years ago before returning to NC and haven't fully thawed out yet.

    Saturday was 105 and I spent the afternoon at an outdoor festival and didn't notice (though perhaps being around many young women in sun dresses had me somewhat distracted).

    -Jim in NC

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  122. Peter, who is the new editor - Robin? No matter if I win or not, I believe you deserve this title. C'mon!

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  123. I am loving the look of the lace! My hot weather survival is making lots of homemade fruit juice ice lollies.

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  124. here's my stay cool tip: 1. make a mai tai with ice. 2. fill spray bottle with water. 3. turn on fan and spray on body while lying in front of the fan and drink up!

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