Since the last post in this series, we've had new releases from the following companies:
- Colette/Seamwork Magazine
- Kwik Sew
- Sew Over It
First up, we have the Butterick 2016 spring patterns, which were released yesterday. Overall, I think that this is a pretty solid collection, with something for everyone. However, nearly ever garment is made up in a print, so you really have to drill down into the individual web pages for the technical drawings to see what's going on with most of these. Here are a few that caught my eye:
B6333: Misses' shirtdress
Hey, it's a shirtdress that's really similar to the ever-popular McCalls M6696, but without the back poof of the McCall's and WITH shoulder princess seams instead of darts. Yes, I will be picking this up at the next Butterick sale.
Gertie clearly took her recent dirndl obsession a step further by designing this dirndl-inspired dress for Butterick's spring collection. I actually think that this is super cute, but this dress would never work on my boobtastic figure. Design-wise, though, it's youthful, and should be flattering on non-busty figures, and it's a fun, unique design.
Further evidence that Gertie has something against boobs.
If you get rid of the boob flaps, B6321 is a cute dress.
B6320: Misses' Sweetheart Neckline Dress and Jumpsuit
The jumpsuit view of this is similar to a romper that I've seen pop up on Modcloth. It's a cute design, although with those defined "cups", I can't see this being particularly large-bust friendly, if you're over a D-cup. Yes, you could FBA/enlarge the cups, but that will throw off the proportions of the look.
B6331: Misses' Trench Jacket and Pants
I LOVE this trench jacket from Lisette. I have plenty of basic pant patterns and have generally found the Big 4 crotch curve to not be a good fit for me, but these would probably work well for others.
Colette/Seamwork Magazine: February 2016 Issue
The theme for February is "The Intimate Issue", which isn't surprising given that many organizations/companies/whatever go with a lingerie theme for February. (Heck, over at the Curvy Sewing Collective, we chose February for our lingerie-themed month.)
Seamwork: Almada Robe
First up is a robe with an interesting, if possibly not particularly practical sleeve design:
|Seamwork - Almada robe|
The Lisbon is a princess seamed (!) bias slip or nightie with an optional modesty panel. With my giant boobs, traditional slips or nighties without an underbust seam tend to hang off of me like a tent, so I'm intrigued by this one.
|Seamwork - Lisbon slip/nightie|
We had a small release for spring from Kwik Sew this past week. Of the 20 patterns included in the release, only 10 of them are for adult women (the rest are crafts or children's patterns). Of those 10, most look either somewhat dated by a few years or like patterns that you could easily find in other catalogs.
The one pattern that did jump out at me was K4155, a princess seamed shirtdress with a gored 1/4-circle skirt:
On-the-rise British pattern company Sew Over It released a new skirt PDF pattern recently. This one is for a tulip-style skirt and is appropriately named "Tulip Skirt":
|Sew Over It - Tulip Skirt|
It's a new month, so we have new StyleArc patterns available.
StyleArc: Alegra Coat/Jacket
The Alegra is a cocoon-style jacket or coat with raglan sleeves. Put this one in the category of "I think that the design is interesting, but I'm not sure that I could wear it."
|StyleArc - Alegra jacket/coat|
The Talia is a straight-legged woven pull-on pant with optional welt pockets and elastic in the back part of the waistband. This looks like it could be a really useful pattern, and it's one of the freebie choices for the month of February if you purchase at least one other StyleArc paper pattern.
|StyleArc - Talia pant|
The Allison is an elastic waist skirt with inverted pleats at its gores. I really like this skirt--it's cute and looks like it would be swishy and comfortable. If I were to place an order this month, it'd be a tough decision for me between the Talia pant and the Allison.
|StyleArc - Allison skirt|