I thought I would share a few of the lovely new Patterns coming from The Big Four pattern companies today.
First up is Vogue V9103, and I am completely in love with it!
Those darts, that v-neck plunge! Le sigh, they’re perfect and I think I may have to pick up a copy of this understated perfection. As you can see from the above, there are a couple of different variations and I’m not entirely sure about the gathering in back however; I think in real life it would give a truly enchanting flair to an otherwise plain skirt. The fabric needed isn’t insane either. At just under 4m this could be a pretty and cheap make for the Summer!
Vogue have a tricky reputation, and even I will admit their Patterns can be entirely too snooty but they do design beautiful things. My advice? Read all of the instructions, even the bits at the beginning about how to use the Pattern and make sure you look at both the picture and the written instructions. They have a tendency to assume you have done this before which can trip up even a *ahem* seasoned seamstress!
Next up… McCalls M7154…
This Pattern is truly sublime, don’t you think? It’s from the McCalls Archive Collection and I hope you are as pleased as I am all of these companies are re-releasing their Vintage Patterns! They call it swoon-worthy and I’d have to agree. Capturing the essence of that elusive between the Wars glamour they have another here, both of which are Patterns I think I may buy simply to gaze upon their glory.
Including sizes 6 to 22 this dress is to be made in fabrics which I think sound as lovely as the finished item… Charmeuse, Crepe de Chine or Crepe Back Satin. Yum! Because of this I think it places the skill level firmly in Adventurous Intermediate or even Advanced but the effort would be well worth it!
Finally, this interesting Vintage re-release from Simplicity 1166…
I think if you were looking for a truly Vintage Summer look this is the one for you. I’d be going for the more covered up version however; if you were brave the bikini style top version would be super cute on any beach, don’t you think? I actually love the shirt on its own, and think it would also look amazing with a pair of jeans too!
Pattern includes button up blouse, bra top with crossed back, and full skirt with buttons up to a size 24… woop! It’s quite fabric heavy though, that skirt needs over 4m, yikes!
That’s it for Pattern Ponderings this week, have you discovered a delicious Pattern recently? Do tell… if you’re in or near Bristol, UK join Sewing Club on Facebook to swap and share Patterns.
If you’re as into Patterns and Pattern Making as I am watch this space too for more news on my Pattern Drafting Jeans Sew-a-Long as it’s just getting warmed up!