Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere) has sprung, and it seems so have all the patterns! Hoolie doolie, it felt like every time I opened my browser/phone, I found a new pattern! You’ll see what I mean below. My usual disclaimer is that even with the abundance below, it’s inevitable that I missed something. Please tell us in the comments below and I’ll be sure to check out your suggestions. With that said, grab a beverage (a big one!) and let’s get started. I’ve decided to group by garment type to keep the head spinning (mine) to a minimum.
To be honest, the line drawings looked kind of er … mumsy … to me when I first saw them. It was the tester photos that made me take a second look. That second glance tells me the Maple is actually a cute dress with cute options, which can take it to the office or on Saturday errands depending on fabrication and accessories. Cocowawa recently increased their size range. CSC Editor Andie was a tester and loved her results. You will too, here.
With all the options and inclusive size range, the Maria could be your go-to knit dress for just about every style and every season. I’d like to see the Maria on more diverse bodies so please hurry up and make yours!
Dip your toe (or jump head first) into Lagenlook designs, with Pearl Red Moom and the Tyrelle dress. Lots of cute details which elevates this minimalist frock. Not being minimalist leaning myself, I adore the screaming bright print version below, which would be perfect for beachwalking here in Florida. I’d fit right in.
Love this! I adore wrap dresses and tops, plus that purple, that snow! (Humor me, I never see snow anymore and my memories of winter snow reality have faded, something like the pain of childbirth Heh.) I’m imagining a summer maxi version, and it looks like a quick sew. Which I’m all about.
Butterick’s Connie Crawford patterns go to a 68″/170cm bust to a 76″/190cm hip, which is one of the most inclusive size ranges I’ve seen. Just sayin’. On top of the great size range, this dress also has lots of panels, which provide even more fitting opportunities. I’m definitely giving Butterick (and Connie) some side eye, though, for not including above waist and hip lengthen/shorten options. I’m assuming, because I don’t have the pattern, that it actually wouldn’t be too difficult to make those length adjustments on a muslin. A bit time-consuming, yes, because of all those pieces to cut and baste, but getting the body landmarks correct for this shapely pattern will make all the difference so don’t skip that step. Muslins don’t have to be beautiful.
No surprise with fashion-forward Burda that this dress is hitting all the trends — sleeve flounces, hem flounces, buttons all the way. Besides wearing this expectedly as a dress, can you see it worn open duster style (welcome back Dorothy Zbornack) over a tee and some jeans? The 03/2019 issue actually has some non-sack styles in its Plus collection. For a change.
How fun does this dress look? Caftan comfort with a modern twist. I wish we’d get to see HotPatterns releases on real bodies. The Indie tester/promoter model overload has me spoiled. HotPatterns if you’re reading, hint! hint!
This is so on my list and already downloaded! Perfect for the office, but also for weekends, especially hemmed shorter and done up in linen. And it’s FREE! Thank you In the Folds and Peppermint Magazine!
Scroop Patterns has been one of the Indies offering sewing pattern size and model inclusivity even before it was “cool” and they deserve a proper recognition. (ClapClapClap!!) The Fantail skirt comes in both “Modern” and “Historical” versions (or a bundle of both). I think the difference is length, but please let me know if I’m wrong on that. The top photo is a screen grab of an animation (click here) on Instagram, which shows the fullness and movement of this skirt beautifully. So much fun!
Speaking of fun … I adore @GariChild’s sexy/sassy self and her interpretation of the Boulevard Skirt (and Simplicity 8424 wrap top). I love pretty much all skirt patterns and this one looks perfect for the summer heat about to descend on me in Tampa. I feel 10 degrees cooler just looking at Martha (GariChild), don’t you?
I believe as soon as Nakisha hit publish on the February/Spring Pattern Roundup last month, the Ophelia Overalls pattern was released and tester photos started making the rounds. Don’t feel bad Nakisha, that’s usually how my life goes too. The CSC’s own Megan models her awesome Ophelias above and in the Same Pattern Different Bodies with Andie here. Check out the #opheliaoveralls hashtag for lots more great versions. I really like Decades’ take on these overalls, great details that elevate and make these stand apart from other patterns (and even RTW). I’ve been thinking of hacking this pattern into an overalls skirt. You know, to avoid those +50 bathroom issues we talked about last time I was here. Those big pockets would be awesome on my daily dog walks too.
Here’s Martha again, this time in her So-Over-It-Alls from Rad Patterns. I hope she doesn’t think I’m stalking her (I am), but I just love her fun, bright style. The SOIAs are made for knits, and include a shortalls view and a maternity view. The SOIAs are like your favorite jogger and pinafore Frankenpatterned. And although I can GUARANTEE I personally won’t be needing the maternity view, the tester photos look like the perfect comfortable/adorable preggo combo. Still not tempting ME, but if YOU are in the maternity market, check them out.
The York Pinafore extended sizing might be one of the most anticipated releases this year! And, luckily, as I was putting the finishing touches on this Roundup, it went live. Also luckily, Helen is discounting the pattern 20% until 23 March 2019 (so hurry!). I didn’t think I wanted this pattern, but seeing these curvy ladies rocking the York has me re-thinking. I mean, it seems like it would be another perfect hot weather outfit, and another quick sew. Both of which are very important in my life. Helen has lots of curvy testers modeling their makes here and they all look fantastic.
These are awesome! We already know that In the Folds drafts are great (free “trials” via Peppermint Magazine anyone?), and I’m sure the Darlows are no exception. While I love all the curves and the seaming, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t actually highlight each and every seam on Darlows for me (but I could). I’m just not a Lagenlook-er. Still, these pants would be fun to sew and fun to wear as casual wear and even plain (untrimmed) seaming would take these up about 10 notches from most casual pants without anyone mistaking me for the art teacher. (Just teasing, no offense meant to art teachers.)
Going 180 degrees from the Darlows, we have Maria Denmark’s Nanna pants. Although I’m definitely not sold on that name since Nanna/Nana=Grandma here in the U.S. and granny panties are, well …!! … and in Danish bedstemor undertøj… hahaha, I’m so bad. But I am intrigued with the sizing and the separate drafting for different body types (curvy/pear and straight).
Posy Pants … cozy pants. Hah … did you see what I did there? These are definitely secret pajamas with the deep pleats and back elasticated waistband. Secret fancy and elegant pajamas. As you can see, an elastic waist doesn’t mean frumpy. This pattern also has a 3/4 length view, for secret culotte PJs.
The interwebs are in LOVE with this new jumpsuit pattern, and we curvy girls are included too with Paper Theory’s newly extended size range. While I’m still not in love with jumpsuit in the practical sense due to bathroom gymnastics, I might be pushed over the edge with Zadie if I keep seeing all the great makes. I think my middle name might sometimes be Lemming.
Yes, this is a dress and a top, but I’m including it with tops because we get to see a HotPatterns pattern modeled (!!) and by none other than pattern designer Trudy. Love that fabric, love this tunic for spring and summer. And shoulder gathers are a busty girl’s friend for Honkin’ Big Bust Dart™ manipulation. Oh, and the dress view is cute too.
Here’s a cool (warm?) sweatshirt for you Southern Hemisphere sewists heading into autumn/winter. I love how the photo above shows it fancied up a bit more than your average sweatshirt by using a jacquard-ish ponte. Yes, we can live in sweats and no one has to know.
Ahh, bodysuits. I remember a love/hate relationship with them when I was a kid in the 70s. They are great for staying tucked in. Not so great due to Wedgie City. But sewing your own bodysuit will definitely eliminate the crack creep of Wedgie City once you’ve got the fit right. I like how this Angela bodysuit looks like a feminine blouse and slims down into the less bulky panty section. But as usual with me, I do not like how Seamwork patterns fit (don’t!) their models. The shoulder width/armscye is all kinds of cray. Yes, it can be fixed, but who is looking at these product shots before they go live?
I like this Flowy Coat, although it could probably use a good “flow” under an iron. Hah. Add a belt and some carriers and this would make an excellent summer trench. It has a back vent, back shoulder yoke, and epaulets. It really should already have a belt, but let’s not quibble —at least this Burda Plus pattern isn’t a tent.
Many in the sewing community seems to have lost their collective mind over this (basic) jacket pattern. Unfortunately, many of us aren’t invited to the party. However, there are plenty of other jacket patterns in the sea (or something like that) and one that comes to my mind is the very inclusive…
No, it’s not a carbon copy, and it’s not really a new pattern anymore. But it has a very similar feel so I wanted to include it as an option. Yes, it’s drafted for a more petite height, but lengths are very easy to alter, especially when SBCC includes the landmarks to do so.
One more for those on their way in to winter instead of on the way out. If lived somewhere where I needed a coat more than 87 hours per winter, this Duchess jacket would be so fun to wear. Pink and orange plaid? Yes, please.
Did you make it through all of those without needing a pit stop? I probably shouldn’t have advised reading with a big drink, but thanks for sticking it out and making it to the end. Let me know what you think. I’m pretty sure I won’t have such an ambitious Roundup next time. I’m exhausted. 🙂