We only had a few new pattern releases this past week:
- Colette Patterns
- Paprika Patterns
Colette Patterns: Aster blouse
The online has been very split it its opinion of the latest offering from Colette Patterns--the Aster blouse:
|Colette Aster blouse|
On one hand, it looks like one of those easy, sew-in-an-afternoon projects that makes for a nice summer blouse. I would totally wear this style, and the pattern doesn't take much fabric. That said, I really liked the Sewaholic Oakridge blouse, but have shied way from it because it's totally not drafted for my figure type.
On the other hand, it took Colette over SIX MONTHS to release this pattern after releasing the Dahlia last fall. A six month wait for a very basic blouse pattern??? So I'm a little underwhelmed there. I think that my disappointment largely stems from Sarai saying that they were publishing Seamwork and its accompanying PDF patterns so that they could concentrate on more complex patterns from the main Colette line. But then the first pattern that they release after launching Seamwork looks like a Seamwork pattern?
I'm torn. For a $6 PDF, I'd jump at buying this pattern, but for full-price pattern, I'm a little more hesitant. To be honest, I felt a little burned by getting sucked into the pretty photos and line drawings for the Dahlia and was unpleasantly surprised by all of the drafting issues that popped up when people actually started sewing that pattern. I know that there are some concerns about the neckline with the Aster, but I have somewhat substantial, square-ish shoulders, and know that I could pretty easily tweak the neckline on this as needed (should be quite easy to do with a bias tape neckline finish), so I'm less concerned about that aspect than others.
Paprika Patterns: Onyx Shirt
On Thursday, Paprika Patterns released their take on the woven t-shirt with the Onyx shirt. This pattern has two views--a cropped and regular-length version, both with hi-lo hems. The regular length version has a cuff/epaulet detail on the sleeve. The cropped version has a more exaggerated hi-lo hem and also has waist darts for shaping. I couldn't find any line drawings for these, but here are photos showing both views:
|Paprika Onyx top|
StyleArc: Mid-May 2015 release
StyleArc's mid-month releases lately tend to either be designer patterns that aren't typical of StyleArc's aesthetic or are fairly basic patterns that Chloe & co. aren't going to showcase as a given month's main release. The mid-May release falls into the latter category in that StyleArc released a couple of beach/pool coverup patterns.
Summer Cover Up
The Summer Cover Up is a cute cover up, but it also looks like a mashup of the two free HotPatterns cover ups available on fabric.com:
Peachy Beach Cover Up
Medina Mini Caftan
|StyleArc Summer Cover Up|
Holiday Maxi Cover Up
The Holiday Maxi is pretty enough, and you could probably wear it as a day dress, if you're able to go braless or wear a strapless bra.
|StyleArc Holiday Maxi Cover Up|
Final ThoughtsThe only one of these that I'm at all tempted by is the Aster. I was really hoping that we'd have seen a few of these pop up before the end of the launch discount for this pattern had ended. As disappointed as I was that Colette released another basic design, I do actually like the design myself, but I also want to see what it looks like made up on a (preferably curvy) body before pulling the trigger.
I figure that most of the discussion in the comments this week will be about the Aster, so what do you think about it? Any thoughts on any of the other new patterns this week?