Vogue released their summer patterns a few weeks ago, and then McCall’s just released theirs a few days ago. While we wait for Butterick to catch up, why not look these two new collections over?
First up, Vogue. Changes on the inside have been itching to make their way out, as evidenced by the patterns I gravitated toward. Individually, they’re pretty spunky; as a capsule collection, they represent rebelliousness, energy, movement, and freedom.
V1450 by Guy Laroche caught my eye first, with that funky skirt. Yoke skirt ideas have been percolating in my brain all year, but my designs for the skirt portion were always dowdy. Not this one!
A mini dress, you say? Yes, please! This year will be my third consecutive warm season (ever) in which I’ll regularly wear skirts and dresses. I feel comfortable enough in them that I want to raise the bar by dressing without my training wheels — bike shorts. What better way to celebrate completely bare legs than by wearing an itty bitty dress by Rebecca Taylor? The other advantage to V1449 is that if it is too short, one can always raise the waistline and lengthen the skirt without disturbing the design lines too much.
I am 100% a DKNY/Donna Karan fangirl — even her misses are usually pretty decent garments. V1448, though is a softer look from her and it is perfect for my emerging softer side. After all, nobody is wildly rebellious 24/7! This dress has everything — ruffles, flounces, *pockets*, and lots of little ways to get a perfect fit without working hard for it: gathers at the small of the back, a roomy bust taken up by tucks at the waist, lots of seams, and even a back peplum to break up the terrain in back, if you’re so inclined. This is probably my favorite look from the new collection. :)
The other DKNY offering to catch my eye is the double layer skirt of V1454. It’s so punk rock to me, but also on trend with those thigh-high slits. I’m not going to lie, I’ll probably make the fitted portion of the skirt a mite longer, but otherwise it is perfect as is: edgy, youthful, and easy to fit (I hope). Good, clean, DKNY fun.
Lastly but not leastly is V9107, which is hard to describe and kind of hard to picture on me — but that’s the attraction. It’s so different from anything I’ve ever bought/worn that I want to try it! The two lengths are a bit too long/too short for me, so I’ll have to tweak that, but if it works — what a cool dress, non? Best part is I’ve got the perfect polka dot fabric to use for the wearable muslin version of this dress.
And then … we come to McCall’s. It’s not a good sign when the only patterns that jump out at me are the children’s patterns, which I generally completely ignore. I like to end on a positive note, so those will come at the end.
Question: why is there so much fabric in the new designs??? It’s summer! Less is more. I get the whole wide leg trend (which I think I’m over already … a whole bunch of wide leg pant purchases has me loathing them), but wow:
There are some designs with summer-ready top halves:
Some questionable designs:
Remember how I mentioned above I’ve been thinking yoke skirt, but couldn’t come up with a cool bottom? My idea looked like the skirt in this rather juvenile pair:
So, what did work for me? This soft and floaty number:
M7157 views B and D do it for me — the length and lace-free-ness of D with the ruched front band of B. Cute! Perfetto! I like that the ties can be adjusted in height to ensure all back fat is covered. I’m pretty accepting of my body, but I simply cannot learn to love my back fat. I must hide it at all times! :-
As for the kids patterns? I pretty much loved them all. This NEVER happens. NEVER.
If I knew anything about children’s patterns, I would totally buy these and grade them up for me! :) Maybe it’s a good thing I don’t. Mama needs to save money for a week of vacation that is fast approaching! More about that soon…