Hello, readers! This month, we’re kicking off a new feature for the Curvy Sewing Collective–a monthly roundup of interesting new patterns that have been released in the past month. We see a lot of interest on the Facebook post in new pattern announcements, so hopefully these monthly roundups will provide an at-a-glance look at what’s been recently released.
Note that we’ll be focusing on patterns with inclusive size ranges for these roundups.
Earlier this month, Blank Slate Patterns released the Auberley Dress and Tunic–a versatile day dress or tunic with several sleeve options. I really like the notched neckline on this, and the shoulder princess seams help make an FBA easier, if you need it. There’s also an available “hack pack” with even more sleeve and neckline options. I’ve been seeing the tester photos for this pattern popping up in my social media feeds, and they’ve all been very cute.
Each month, BurdaStyle magazine includes a small collection of “plus” patterns, which are drafted from a different pattern block and use a D-cup size, instead of Burda’s regular C-cup. These collections can be very hit (lots of nice structured pieces) or very miss (lots of shapeless sacks). The November 2016 collection is mostly “hit”, IMO. There is actual original DESIGN involved in some of these patterns, as opposed to being nice basics or graded up versions of regular patterns. Here are two standouts:
No, it’s not difficult to find a pattern for a pussy bow blouse these days, but this one has shoulder princess seams, which is a bit unusual for this style. There’s also a loop to run the tie through to help keep everything looking as need as it did when you tied it in the morning.
No, I personally don’t wear sheath dresses, and I also don’t wear dresses (or tops) that require a strapless bra (no one makes a strapless bra in my size), but for those who can wear it, I kinda love this sheath dress with the braid detail. This is exactly the sort of interesting detail (and figure-conscious shape) that’s missing from a lot of plus patterns. Well done, Burda.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, utility-style anorak jackets are about as ubiquitous as blue jeans. But you know what? For as common as these jackets are in RTW, there are very few sewing patterns for them; I know–I’ve been searching for one for the past three years since I moved here. Of the few that were available, they either lacked key features (i.e. a hood), were drafted for a body type or size range that would require extensive re-drafting or grading on my part, or had really sparse instructions (BurdaStyle).
Given my frustrations trying to find an anorak pattern, I was ecstatic to see Heather Lou of CCF release her take on this style. I’ve had success with her patterns in the past, and I know that her instructions are always very clear and easy-to-follow, which is important to me when I’m sewing an unfamiliar garment type. So yes, I’ve already bought this pattern and will be making it this fall or winter.
Relative newcomer Designer Stitch, with sizes up to a 52″ (132cm) bust, has a new kimono pattern out. A kimono makes a great lightweight layering piece when you’re looking for something a little dressier or funkier than a cardigan. These have been popular in RTW in transitional seasons for the past few years.
We frequently get questions on the Curvy Sewing Collective wondering what sort of patterns work well for apple figures, especially since it seems like many pattern companies draft for an hourglass figure. The new blouse pattern (with two views) from HotPatterns addresses this, with this description from the release announcement:
“…anyone in the mood for a new blouse or two?
…something simple to make, easy to wear?…
..maybe something to swoosh over that pesky tummy area as well?…
I love the open neckline on this and the easy fit makes these blouses look like a great option to throw over jeans when you want to wear something comfortable, but nicer than a t-shirt.
Looking for an easy knit v-neck top with numerous design options? Itch to Stitch’s new Arenal top includes a yoke (for optional contrast) and several sleeve and hem options.
McCall’s released their Winter 2016/2017 collection this month. As is usually the case with Winter/Holiday collections by the big pattern companies, this one was full of party dresses and pajama patterns.
I’ll admit that I don’t really look closely at party dress patterns–they don’t fit my lifestyle, and my company’s holiday party is very informal. With that being said, of the new patterns, the one that grabbed me the most was this jacket pattern with peplum variations.
Most holiday pattern collections include a “pajamas for the whole family” entry. This one, however, stands out because it even includes the family dog! I’m not showing this pattern to my 4-year-old because if I did, there’s no way that I’d be able to escape making all of us (including our dog) matching onesies.
I’m not particularly familiar with Moxie patterns, but I do follow a lot of sewing blogs and instagram accounts from sewists, and the Verity dress re-launch (with an extended size range) was all over sewing social media this past month. What I like about it is that someone has finally released a pattern doing a fairly faithful knockoff of the Modcloth Coach Tour dress, which I’ve wanted to replicate for a few years now, but never sat down to do the pattern hacks. The Verity dress is closer than any other patterns I’ve seen, and now it has a generous size range, too.
Simplicity’s latest collection is heavy on vintage re-issues, many of which are pretty darn cute. But even if vintage isn’t your thing, there are a few other stylish patterns in this bunch. I liked a LOT of the patterns in this collection; it was difficult to choose just a handful to highlight for this post.
Check out the gorgeous seaming and other details on this 1930’s reissue! Now, I do realize that doing and FBA and other adjustments on this pattern would probably be a royal pain, but look at how pretty it is!
If the 1930s aren’t your thing, how about the 1940s? Here’s another pattern with gorgeous seaming details with a completely different vibe from the 30s re-issue pattern.
Not a vintage re-issue, but a dress with definite vintage vibes (it reminds me a bit of early Colette dresses), I thought that this pattern was super cute. AND it also goes up to a Big 4 size 26 (instead of the usual size 22). I will be keeping my eye out for the next Simplicity sale at JoAnn’s because I am dying to make this dress.
Do we all remember this Leanne Marshall coat pattern from a few years ago? The one that was labeled “easy” and yet had some of the most confusing instructions I’ve ever run into?
I must be a bit of a sewing masochist because I’m very tempted to tackle another Leanne Marshall pattern with a dramatic collar. The interesting collar detail, princess seams, and fit-and-flare shaping are right up my alley. At least this one isn’t marked “easy”.
If you follow StyleArc on a regular basis, you know that they release 3-5 new patterns every month. Additionally, if you order a paper pattern directly from them, you can also get a different “freebie” pattern each month. The following patterns were the ones that jumped out at me from the past month.
Open shoulder/cold shoulder/off-the-shoulder tops have been everywhere for the past few months. We might be gearing up for winter in the Northern hemisphere, but in Australia, where StyleArc is based, the weather is starting to heat up. If you can wear a strapless bra, the Ellie-May would be a cute, casual top for warm weather months.
Designed for Ponte knits, the Halle skirt was one of the freebie pattern options for October. It’s a cute basic that looks like it should be very quick to sew and easy to wear.
I know that we didn’t manage to include every pattern this month, but wow, that’s still quite a few new patterns. Which ones were your favorites? Were there any particularly interesting ones that we omitted from this post? Share your thoughts in the comments!