It's one of the most celebrated days in the sewing blogosphere - the release of the new Vogue Patterns. It's like your birthday - but it comes four times a year! March Madness for seamstresses! (Special thanks to Erica B., who was ON it - she blogged about the new designs before they even showed up on the site!) And hot damn . . . look at 1174, a strapless Cynthia Steffe design. I love everything about it, from the bustier top to the pockets. And the styling! How about the fabric? And the hair! My goodness, the hair!
My other new favorite is 1176 from Top American Designer Michael Kors. (Anyone who watches Project Runway knows that Michael Kors must always be referred to as Top American Designer Michael Kors, preferably in a chipper German accent.)
Isn't Vogue killing it with the retro styling this season? (Killing it being a positive thing in this instance.)
There are two cute new Vintage Vogues too! What's not to love about 1172?
Well, I'll admit that I don't love the styling of it on this model:
I still love the hair, don't get me wrong. I just think the fabric looks . . . cheap or something. And also - a Vintage Vogue gripe - if they're updating everything else about the pattern, couldn't they include a more modern length? It's practically to her ankles! Just think how much cuter and more accessible this would be in a knee-length!
I very much like 1171 as well - it would make a sweet summer dress.
So those are my favorites! As for the ones I'd be least likely to buy? This is always fun, so let's have at it. (Yes, I know there's a demographic for these, and they can't please everyone all the time and all that, but just let me have my little amusement.)
Guys, it's caftan madness! By Chado Ralph Rucci in mauve-ish shiny satin! 1181 is simply amazing.
AKO never disappoints for a little, um, artsy flair. Behold 1185:
And lest we forget the asymmetrical hem-loving demographic (because apparently it is quite vast and influential) here's 1188:
But all in all, I think there are some real jewels here, and I am definitely buying the first two from this post.
How's about you, lovely friends? Any must-haves? Any complaints? I was interested to see that Carolyn found this collection lacking in stylish choices for the plus-size seamstress, and I'd have to agree. I'd love to hear more perspectives on the selection, so please share!