Of course, then over the weekend, we had the release of a new BurdaStyle Plus collection and of a really cool (IMO) Muse pattern, but I was super busy with other things and didn't get a chance to update the draft of this post until now. Better late than never, right?
Anyway, in the past week, we had new releases from the following pattern companies:
- BurdaStyle Plus
- Tilly and the Buttons
Oh Burda, you sure do like your boxy-with-a-bust-dart styles for plus sized women, don't you? You know, you can do things like utilize princess seams and creative tucks and gathers to add bust and waist shaping to a pattern, right?
This collection isn't offensive like some Burda Plus collections are; on the other hand, there isn't much of anything to get excited about here, either. The model is cute, though, and they managed to find the perfect shade of red lipstick for her.
BurdaStyle 08-2015 #132: Open Coat
First up is a boxy coat with a bust dart.
|Burda (Plus) 08-2015 #132|
BurdaStyle 08-2015 #128:Keyhole Blouse (short-sleeved), 129: Keyhole Blouse (long-sleeved), 130:Keyhole Dress
Next up is a cute, but boxy, peasant dress and blouses with a keyhole opening and a bust dart:
|Burda (Plus) 08-2015 #130|
|Burda (Plus) 08-2015 #129|
|Burda (Plus) 08-2015 #128|
BurdaStyle 08-2015 #127A & B
Next up is two views of a gently flared dress with a drape feature and curved French bust darts:
|Burda (Plus) 08-2015 #127B|
|Burda (Plus) 08-2015 #127B|
BurdaStyle 08-2015 #126A & B: Cuffed Sleeve Shirtdress
Moving along, we have a boxy shirtdress with a bust dart:
|Burda (Plus) 08-2015 #126B|
|Burda (Plus) 08-2015 #126A|
BurdaStyle 08-2105 #131: Culottes
Finally, we have a pair of culottes. These do not have a bust dart.
|Burda (Plus) 08-2015 #131|
I've learned to get excited every time I see a new pattern announcement from Muse because I've learned that Muse designs things that no one else is currently doing, yet are actually practical for many of us to wear. The new Sophie cardigan (named after fellow CSC Editor Sophie of Two Random Words) is no exception. It's sort of like a cross between a traditional cardigan and a track jacket, and like all Muse patterns, it has a lot of different options for details. It's also on sale right now, as a new release, until July 27th.
While some of the samples leave a bit to be desired from a construction standpoint, I really love the design and options for this. I don't personally love that big collar, but I do really love the v-neck. I've already purchased this--I think it will make a great cool-weather topper for all of the summer dresses I expect to be sewing.
|Muse - Sophie Cardigan|
This pattern is not for me, but I don't hate it. I think that this lounging set is both cute and appropriate for what's becoming increasingly clear to be Tilly's target total/near-total beginner customer base.
|Tilly and the Buttons - Fifi set|
Tilly and the Buttons: Bettine dress
I actually kind of like the Bettine dress, as well. There's a similar Modcloth dress that I've been looking to knock off, although the Modcloth has set-in sleeves. I've been seeing these elastic-waist style woven t-shirt dresses all over Seattle since the spring, so I'm not going to complain about Tilly following a very clear RTW trend. Plus, I like that Tilly's version incorporates pockets, and I like the Bettine's neckline, too.
However, I won't be buying this one because at this point. Unless the Big 4 comes out with a cheapo version of this (surprisingly, I haven't been able to find one), I'll probably use my HotPatterns woven tee to knock off the Modcloth dress that I have in mind--I want my set-in sleeves.
|Tilly and the Buttons - Bettine dress|
Final ThoughtsSo for me, the only must-have this week is that Sophie cardigan--I can't imagine not getting my money's worth from that one. I feel like all of the Pontes in my stash that have been waiting for a non-waterfall cardigan but are too beefy for a Muse Jenna cardigan finally now have a pattern that they'll match with.
We're still waiting on Fall collections from New Look and Butterick, so I'd expect to start seeing those appear in the next week or two.
Did anything from this week grab you?