Readers, there's an evil force threatening the integrity of sewists everywhere: McCall's "Make It Crafty" Patterns. This is a line of perfectly fine patterns that have been obscenely degraded with scattered lace appliques, big honkin' rosettes, and the over-enthusiastic use of bedazzling. Don't fall victim to its siren song!
The pattern jacket pictured above, for instance? Is from a collection of Chanel-inspired cardigan jackets that would be fabulous with some tasteful trim. Why, oh why, must it be made crafty?
Then there's this new knit top pattern. Perfectly acceptable in theory. Hey, I know! Let's throw some randomly placed crap on it!
Be careful, readers. I beseech you: Resist the urge to Make it Crafty!
Oh! And the impetus for this whole rant is that there's a $3.99 pattern sale going on at Vogue, Butterick, and McCall. Guess who's getting some new patterns?