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New Vogue Spring 2017 Patterns

WOW! Can I say that again? WOW! Vogue’s new Spring 2017 patterns blew me away! Don’t believe me? Keep reading… 🙂

Favorite Pattern

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Vogue 1545 by Rebeca Vallance is winning at life! Oh, my. Just the right amount of skin is showing in all the right places, the skirt accentuates curves if you have them and creates them if you don’t, the upper back zip adds to the edginess created by the back cut out, and the long flounce at the hem adds movement to an otherwise structured look.

Hack ideas: Remove the flounce, and use a really eye catching zipper for the upper back for the ultimate sexy dress for warmer weather. Add zippers at the upper back princess seams and make the back out of leather in the same color as the fashion fabric for another  sexy, edgy option. Want something a little sweeter, like for a spring/summer wedding? Pick a floral print and use an invisible zip at the center upper back.

Other info: This pattern is rated Advanced, so it may not be a speedy sew. If you want to make it for an event, start early! A close inspection of the photos suggests the armholes are large – if you have larger boobs, you may want to close them up a bit to minimize side spillage. This is a close fitted look, so measure yourself AND the pattern before picking a size. Sizing is 6-22. Ponte is a suggested fabric, and yardage is 2 7/8- 3 1/2 yards for 60″ wide fabrics.

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Trendy Pattern Trio

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Very Easy Vogue is right on trend this season! 9257, 9259, and 9260 each combine two of the hottest trends in the stores right now. Very Easy Vogue 9257 features an off the shoulder neckline and wide leg pants, Very Easy Vogue 9259 is a culotte-style jumpsuit, and Very Easy Vogue 9260 pairs an exaggerated cold shoulder with a straight leg jumpsuit. All three keep the design elements to the lower half, though 9257 does also throw in a sleeve variation. Also, all three patterns have pockets! Love that Vogue is injecting practicality into style.

Hack ideas: Remove the sleeves from 9257 view A/B, so there’s just a shoulder ruffle. And it could be fun top crop 9257 view A/B at waistband length and sew it up in an African print cotton! Speaking of fabric play, why not add contrast cuffs to 9257 view D? Ruching the bodice of 9259 could add some textural interest to balance out the longer legs of view B/C, as well as give extra room to the busty among us. 9260 is honestly kind of perfect the way it is. Sometimes the best hack is no hack at all!

Other info: While all of these patterns are rated Very Easy, the sizing varies. 9257 and 9260 have a bigger, lettered size range of XS-XXL (4-26), while 9259 is the standard 6-22 range. All three call for fabrics like challis, chambray, and broadcloth, and 9260 also works with knits. And all three call for a good chunk of fabric, but nothing dramatic. Culottes, wide leg pants, and jumpsuits are going to run you 2 3/4 – 4 yards per garment, depending on size and fabric width.

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Interesting Pattern

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Vogue 1548 by Guy Laroche is the most interesting pattern in the new collection, because of the eye-catching button-up front. A closer look reveals some…sleeves. LOL! Seriously, not sure what’s going on here. But if you want to be adventurous with your wardrobe, this is the dress for you!

Hack ideas: Straighten out the hem of the major sleeve piece and add a dense, narrow, gathered band that echoes the skirt hem. Or just remove the cuff and two smaller sleeve pieces to create a nice, wide, summery sleeve – you can even try slashing and flaring it for more space, either through the shoulder or through the back of the elbow. Pair this with removing the banded skirt hem for a looser, freer feeling. Forego the topstitching in favor of contrast button holes and buttons.

Other info: This pattern is rated Advanced, most likely because of the sleeves, buttonholes, and topstitching – the design lines look pretty straightforward (pleats, princess seams). A close look does suggest that you’ll want to take care to ensure the button overlay correctly aligns with the dress neckline underneath. The bodice is close fitted but the skirt is roomy, so consider using your bust measurement to pick your size. Sizing is 6-22. Suggested fabrics are a little odd – basically, pick a light weight, drapey woven and you should be fine. Yardage is 4-4 1/2 yards for 45″ wide fabric.

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Questionable Pattern

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Vogue 9255 is a vintage pattern which looks super cute! Can’t you picture yourself as a 50s pinup, lounging sensually under a beach umbrella? I sure as heck could, so I looked closer at this pattern…and discovered it’s intended for *woven* fabrics. What the what? I can only imagine the accidents that would occur, wearing a cloth bikini into the ocean. So if you like this pattern, keep in mind it’s intended for ‘Denim, Gingham, Cotton Broadcloth, Pique, Poplin’ according to the Vogue website.

Hack ideas: Um, make this out of swimsuit fabric? LOL! Genius, I know. But there’s an added benefit to making this pattern out of swimwear fabric – two, actually. One, doing so effectively increases the size range because you’ll likely need to step down a size or two to get the right fit. And two, you can actually wear this in the water! I don’t know about you, but the whole point of going to the beach/pool/lake is swimming. I’d die in a suit I couldn’t get wet.

Aside from the suit itself, this pattern includes a coverup which looks very 50s. Too 50s. Remove the pockets, shape the hem, and make it out of a sheer fabric to bring it into 2017. Consider also removing the sleeve cuff and doing a slash and spread to make the sleeve more roomy and flowy.

Other info: This pattern is rated Average. In woven fabrics it surely is, but in stretch fabrics who knows? Consider how comfortable you are with sewing knits, especially the spandex variety. The bather  bottoms have leg darts, which could add a wrinkle when fitting. The bather top closes with buttons on the back of the band….could be a cute detail, but consider how you’ll be getting in and out of this. Maybe you want to change that to a bra-like hook and eye. Sizing is 6-22, and yardage for the pictured bathing suit is 2 1/8 to 3 yards for 45″ wide fabric. Subtract 1/4 – 3/8 yard for 60″ wide fabric.

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Whew! Hope you enjoyed this review of the new Vogue patterns. What do you think of the new collection? And how did you feel about today’s post – was the deep dive info helpful? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below!

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2 Comments

  1. 1548 looks very interesting. I don’t know about the sleeves though, or the band on the skirt. And it’s shorter than anything I ever wear. So if I get it I’ll be doing all kinds of hacking. It won’t even look like the same pattern when I get done.

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