So, um, hi? In no way did I anticipate the response that my last post received. I didn't have time over the weekend to respond to everyone's comments, but I did read all of them. That was easily the greatest number of comments for any of my posts on this blog. A few things to take away from that post and the response:
- We all have different experiences with PatternReview, but I noticed that the trend from the posted comments was that the people who felt most positively about it were the people who'd made a comment to the effect that they didn't go into the forums much. Take away message for me: Stay out of the PatternReview forums. I have enough things on my plate and don't need to add to them by going places with what I feel is negative energy.
- For those of us thinking we'd like to see a little more diversity in guest posters and content on CSC, please send them your articles and reviews!
- I've been guilty of saying that I would write something for the CSC and then flaking, and from reading other comments, I'm not the only one. (I had been totally on board with the "season of separates" idea, but for "pants month", my pant muslin needed a lot more work than I anticipated, and I wasn't able to get a "real" pair done by the end of that month. And then my dad's health plummeted, I traveled back and forth to San Diego a bunch, and I barely sewed anything for two months.)
This week, we have new patterns from the following companies:
- Grainline Studios
This Week's Pattern Round-up
Grainline Studios: Morris Blazer
I am so flippin' sick of waterfall cardigans. They were fine for a while, but now I'm done with them (like peplums). It makes me really happy that we're starting to see some new cardigan/casual jacket shapes emerging from the pattern world, like the just-released Grainline Morris Blazer (The SBCC Cabernet cardigan, in a boyfriend shape, is another.)
|Grainline Morris Blazer|
I'm somewhat tempted, but it does look pretty similar to the HotPatterns Sweet Jacket, which I already own. I like the collar of the Morris better, but the back of the HP is a lot more interesting.
McCall's Patterns: Summer 2015 release
I thought that overall, the summer release from McCall's was pretty boring, but of the patterns that I liked, I *really* liked them a lot. There's also a really good "WTF" pattern in here, too, for those of us who are amused by that sort of thing.
M7167: Misses' romper and jumpsuits
So that Vogue 9075 culotte jumpsuit pattern that I've been planning to make for the past couple of months? I like this McCall's pattern better. And the McCall's has cup sizes, too. On top of that, the sleeves are a more youthful shape, and I think that this will be a more flattering look on me.
M7156: Misses' dresses, rompers, and jumpsuits
I am going to buy make up View A of this pattern, and rock it over a babydoll tee with a pair of Doc Marten 8-eyes, grab a wine cooler, and chant, "Donna Martin graduates! Donna Martin graduates!"
|McCall's 7156 - View A|
|McCall's 7156 - View C|
M7168: Misses' two-piece swimsuits
How refreshing to have a retro-style swimsuit pattern where the straps aren't halter straps! I think that there are a lot of cute options in this pattern, and I think that by mixing and matching different elements, just about any woman could put together a swimsuit that flatters her figure and that she feels comfortable in. The under-bust band on the tops of these also lend themselves more to adding additional bust support more easily than some retro styles. Love the skirt/tankini option, too.
McCall's 7154: Archive collection gown
I have neither the figure type nor the event schedule to wear a gown like this, but I do love the design:
And then there's M7176, the perfect accessory pack if you're planning to head to a steampunk leather bar. Thankfully, one of the included patterns provides a nice starting point for a pair of assless chaps, should you ever need them:
Muse Patterns: Knit sleeve add-on pack
Muse Patterns (of Jenna cardigan and Gilian wrap dress fame) did something interesting this week: They released an add-on pack of four knit sleeve variations that should work with all of Muse's knit patterns. The knit sleeve add-on pack is available for the very reasonable price of $3 USD (can you tell that I've already purchased this?)
The add-on pack includes the following four sleeve variations:
- Short tulip sleeve.
- Gently gathered sleeve cap, and options for short, 3/4 or long sleeve length with a classic narrow sleeve.
- Short flutter sleeve.
- Classic narrow sleeve with options for short, 3/4 or long sleeve length.
|Muse Patterns - Knit tulip sleeve|
StyleArc: Cleo Knit Dress and Tabard
For their mid-month release, StyleArc released a pair of "designer" patterns, which is something that they've done several times in recent months. I could see how these pieces could look chic on the right person, but they're really not my style.
Cleo Knit Dress
The Cleo has sleeveless and long sleeved options and includes optional dart shaping.
|StyleArc Cleo Knit Dress|
Cleo Long Tabard
To be honest, before I received the StyleArc newsletter this week, I didn't even know what a "tabard" was. I turned to Google for writing this post:
|Tabard definition via Google|
|StyleArc Cleo Long Tabard|
Honestly, I don't know what to even think of these, so I'm reserving judgment until I see them worn together on a real person.
True Bias: Southport Dress
I've been pretty "meh" on the first two patterns released by True Bias, but I actually think that the new Southport dress is pretty cute:
|True Bias Southport Dress|
Final ThoughtsWe had a fair number of new releases this week, of which, I suspect the Morris blazer and Southport dress are the ones that we'll be seeing the most of in the coming months. (Now, who will be the first blogger to post a photoshoot of a Morris blazer paired with a Southport dress?)
Of all of these, I think I'm actually the most excited about a handful of the new McCall's, since I don't already have pattern doppelgangers for the ones that I like in my pattern stash.
And what do you think about Muse offering the sleeve add-on pack for a few bucks? I'm kind of surprised that more designers don't do things like this--it's a good way to extend the use of your already-purchased (and altered) patterns without having to buy and figure out alterations for a whole new pattern.