2016 is thankfully finally almost over! As is typical for this time of year, we had fewer pattern releases around the holidays than we do in most other months. In our monthly roundup for December, we’ll look at some of the more notable new releases.
I wasn’t particularly familiar with the Dreamstress, but there was a lot of buzz on the Facebook group about the release of this pattern, which includes a knickers/underwear/briefs pattern, (depending on what you call them in your part of the world), a camisole/singlet pattern, and a knit slip pattern, all in sizes up to a 50″/127 cm bust and 54″/137.5 cm hips.
If you’ve ever searched for a slip pattern that goes up to plus sizes, you know that they’re difficult to find. So, if you’ve ever wanted to sew a slip to wear under sheer-ish dresses, this pattern is worth noting.
If you have a hard-to-fit rear end, princess seamed pants can be a huge help. (The Jalie yoga pant has always earned rave reviews for this feature.) Now HotPatterns has a trackpant offering with princess seams. I love throwing on a comfy pair of pants after work or on weekends, so I will definitely be giving these a try.
Swing dresses and tops have been pretty popular for the past year or so, but they’ve typically been warm-weather styles. HotPatterns Swingy Sweatshirt and sweaterdress incorporates the swing/trapeze trend, but in a style that’s more suitable for colder weather. Recommended fabrics include velour and French terry. If you’re worried about the lack of shaping that’s typical to this style, the HP version has seamed side panels with Dior darts. I love how the pockets are incorporated into the panel seams here, too.
McCall’s released its Early Spring collection earlier this month. Not to be negative, but I didn’t find the collection very interesting overall. Here are a few patterns that stood out to me:
Have you been wanting to jump on board the jumpsuit trend (bad pun intended) but dreading visits to the women’s room? Depending on how you mix and match the pieces of M7540, you can replicate a jumpsuit (or dress) look but skip the one-piece awkwardness. This is also a good option for a conservative take on the crop top trend.
“Cold shoulder” style tops have been big in RTW for the past year or so, but we’ve mainly been seeing them in peasant-style tops. M7546 is a take on the trend but in a more traditional button-down blouse. This one has a bit of a DKNY/90’s vibe, IMO, and I mean that in a good way.
The overall/shortall trend has made its way to the Big 4 pattern catalogue. With the current 90’s resurgence in fashion, I’m just waiting for Rachel haircuts to make a comeback.
Simplicity recently released a small collection for Early Spring 2017. There weren’t any patterns that really jumped out at me from this batch; however, they do appear to be increasing their coverage of different styles in their plus size range, so that’s nice to see.
The fabric/samples are awful in the envelope picture, but imagine these tops in a lightweight lawn, rayon, or double gauze, and they become a lot more appealing, don’t they? What I like about this pattern is that it’s a fairly bra-friendly take on the off-the-shoulder trend AND it goes up to a size 28W.
Simplicity 8303 is notable for two things: a basic knit top with princess seams and a plus sized trench coat/vest pattern. You rarely see knit anything with princess seams, so I think this would be a useful basic. And while the trench lacks some of the details of a typical trench pattern, there aren’t many trenchcoat patterns that go well into the plus size range. This one does, and I think it would be easier to morph the tabs and epaulets of a typical trench onto this pattern than to go through the work of grading up the zillion pieces of a typical trench pattern.
I thought that the seaming/color blocking options on this dress were interesting. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill maxi dress pattern. And like all Mimi G patterns, it’s available in a pretty generous size range (up to 28W).
StyleArc slowed the pace of new releases for the holiday season by only releasing three new patterns this month–a bomber jacket, baseball cap, and a top.
The bomber and baseball cap are available either as a combo or as separate patterns. StyleArc has a few bomber jackets available in their catalog, but this is the most traditionally styled one. If you wear baseball caps, sewing a custom/matching baseball cap could be a useful way to accessorize.
The new freebie option for December (along with the older Adele top option) is the Rosemary blouse–a pullover blouse with an interesting twist detail at the neckline. I like the detail, but from my experience, twist details at the neckline never seem to look the way I want with my large bust. Maybe others have had better luck?
What were your favorites out of this batch? Will you be adding any of the new December patterns to your shopping list?