BurdaStyle - May 2015 Plus Collection (Sea Breeze Collection)
After what has felt like months of fat-shaming shapeless sacks being marketed as "Plus" collections by Burda, BurdaStyle has finally released a Plus collection with some cute, non-sack patterns.
05-2015 #132 - Sundress with Pockets
I really love this. It's cute, should be flattering on a lot of figures, and is functional with those pockets. I can totally see me running around town in this on a Saturday.
|BurdaStyle 05-2015 #132|
“Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl." -- Amy Dunne in Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl"
Really, the only reason why I clipped this one is that I think that the model bears a resemblance to Rosamund Pike.
|BurdaStyle 05-2015 #129|
05-2015 #128A & 128B: V-neck dresses
This pair of V-neck dresses are a nice way to show of a striped fabric. I love that they have shoulder princess seams and a modesty panel (no needing to wear a cami!). The hidden pockets are a nice touch, too. I think that between these two dresses and the sundress with pockets, Burda may have earned some of my money this month.
|BurdaStyle 02-2015 #128A|
|BurdaStyle 02-2015 #128B|
Colette Seamwork - May issue
This month's Seamwork offered us a dress and a shrug.
I've been pretty "meh" on most of the Seamwork patterns so far, but I think this dress is kind of cute. I have similar patterns in my stash (and made up a similar Vogue pattern a few years ago). It has less shaping than the True Bias Southport, but is also a few dollars cheaper if you're buying the Seamwork patterns a la carte.
|Colette Seamwork Adelaide|
This, on the other hand? Not my style. And I just don't see this working well on anyone who isn't tall, slim-figured, and flat-chested.
|Colette Seamwork Sydney|
New Look - Summer 2015 Release
The New Look and Simplicity summer collections were released at the same time. Neither collection was particularly exciting, but they did each have a couple of patterns that caught my eye.
New Look 6373 - Misses jumpsuit, romper, and dresses
This isn't particularly bra-friendly, and that ruffle wouldn't work on my own bust, but I do think that this is a cute pattern for summer. Nakisha at Sew Crafty Chemist has already sewn up a really cute version of this.
|New Look 6373|
New Look 6374
New Look 6374 isn't a particularly exciting pattern, but I've seen those shirred-shoulder, tab-collar tunics all over my office for the past year or so. This would be a great pattern to replicate a current RTW trend. Also, is that the same model from this month's Burda plus spread?
|New Look 6374|
New Look 6389
Noting this pattern because it's a rare tween pattern. I like this because it's cute, current, and age-appropriate for its target audience.
|New Look 6389|
I thought that this year's summer release from Simplicity was pretty boring. There were a few patterns, I guess, that could be kind of cute if you didn't need to wear a bra or could get away with a strapless or inserting a shelf bra into the pattern, but none of that applies to me. And since this is my pattern recap, I ignore non-bra-friendly patterns.
Oddly, the two patterns that caught my eye from this collection were both swimsuit patterns.
Simplicity 1116 - MimiG Swimsuits
MimiG's and my own personal style usually couldn't be further apart, but I did think that this was a nice-looking swimsuit pattern AND it goes well into plus sizes (size 28W is the highest offered). If I do tackle a swimsuit this summer, it will likely be using the retro-style two piece pattern that was in the most recent McCall's release (and that I just picked up on sale a few days ago). But if I wanted a non-retro style suit, I'd pick up this pattern.
How cute and current are these girls' swimsuits? I'll be picking up this pattern and making it for my daughter this summer. Eva is really into tutus and twirly skirts these days, and these swimsuits look like something that she'd pick out herself.
The Hazel is another cocoon silhouette from StyleArc. This one has a top or dress option. They seem to be offering this style a lot lately. It's not really my style, so none of these variations has grabbed me.
|StyleArc Hazel Combo|
The Faith woven top is May's freebie. I like it, but I hate sewing pintucks (they're optional with this pattern), and I already own the somewhat similar previous freebie Stephanie blouse, so I'll take a pass on this month.
|StyleArc Faith Woven top|
Final Thoughts and a word on Me Made May
So, lots of new patterns were released this week, but none really grabbed me outside a couple of those Burda dresses. If you're still building your pattern stash, I could see a few of these appealing, though.
I won't be participating in Me Made May (drink!) this month, largely because I wear something "me-made" nearly every day, anyways. It's not really a challenge for me. But good luck to those who are participating (both in the challenge and in the drinking game)!