It’s our first pattern roundup post of 2018, and many pattern designers have been rolling out new patterns to kick off the new year. We’ve got a pretty nice variety of new patterns this month–let’s take a look!
Activewear patterns for the curvy and full-busted aren’t particularly easy to find. To answer this need, Cashmerette recently launched her first set of activewear patterns–a collection of two workout tops and two different styles of workout pants.
If you’re large busted, have you EVER had luck finding a workout tank that both fits at the bust and doesn’t gape at the armhole? Yeah, me neither. However, as a pattern tester, I can verify that the Cedar workout tank provides both a good fit at the bust AND a non-gaping armhole. Hurray!
Complete your workout outfit with the Belmont leggings or yoga pants. I tested the yoga pant pattern and found the rare combination of legs that didn’t bag on my apple-ish body and a rise that was appropriately high for my tummy and booty. The leggings have gotten similar raves from other testers.
Grainline Studio doesn’t have a particularly inclusive size range, topping out at a 44″ /112 cm bust, but I know that historically, their patterns have been relatively popular with CSC readers, and given that this is a loose-fitting coat, I figured there might be some room for fudging on the sizing.
I don’t think that the sample looks great, but it’s an interesting coat design and off the top of my head, I can’t think of any similar patterns. It’s in a boxy “boyfriend” style, has deep inseam pockets and sharp lapels, and a large snap closure. I’ll be curious to see how this looks on a curvy figure.
Looking for a relaxed fit (but not overly boxy) pull-over top that can be made from either a knit or a drapey woven? The new princess seamed Slouchy T-shirt Blouse from HotPatterns might fit the bill. This pattern comes with three different sleeve options and optional pockets. I have a similar RTW top made out of rayon challis, and I really like how versatile it is for layering and whatnot.
On the CSC Facebook group, we see near-constant requests for a curve-friendly “easy” pant pattern. Typical responses include the StyleArc Barb pant and the Sabrina Slims by Love Notions. I think we can now add the HotPatterns Miracle Pants to that group; they’re designed for ponte knits or stretch bottom-weight fabric and are meant to be an easy, flattering sew. Adding to the appeal is that they only have two pattern pieces, including a hidden elastic waistband to make for a smoother tummy. (Note that the creases in the line drawings are indications of pressed creases, not actual seams.)
Itch to Stitch has a new knit top out–this time with a big, drapey cowl. I’m a fan of big cowls myself (they feel so snuggly). It also has a paneled front with a flared hem to increase comfort and design options. I do really like the idea of this design; however in looking at the tester photos, I thought those narrow paneled seams draped a bit oddly on the larger sizes–particularly if the wearer had a large bust. I’m not sure if this is a proportion or a fabric issue (perhaps the design needed fabric with a little less drape)? I think I’d want to see this one on a few more curvy sewists first.
I squealed when I saw the new Itch to Stitch cargo pant pattern–I love that it’s a slim-fitting cargo pant (as RTW cargo pants have moved towards this shape, rather than the baggy cargoes of the 90s), that there’s a soft ribbed elastic waistband to comfortably keep your pants in place, and that there’s the option to make these with roll-up legs for hiking or simply as shorts.
McCall’s early spring collection for 2018 is all about the statement sleeve. We’ve been seeing a lot of statement sleeves in both sewing patterns and RTW for the past year or so. Granted, I’m far too much of a slob with food to wear a statement sleeve, but if they’re your thing. McCall’s has lots of options for you in this collection. That said, as a definitive non-statement-sleever, the patterns that called to me from this collection tended to not have this feature.
We get our first offering in a LONG time from Khaliah Ali with this new collection, and it’s an interesting-looking shirtdress/tunic. The styling in the samples doesn’t do this pattern any favors (nor does the oversized sash), but from the line drawing, I think it looks promising. Given that Khaliah Ali’s previous patterns focused more on inclusive sizing, it is a bit of a shame that this one tops out at a size 24W, though.
I have not yet given in to binge-watching Outlander, but many of my friends have, and my understanding is that it’s pretty great. Therefore, as someone who admires cosplay but isn’t really a cosplayer, this licensed Outlander costume pattern caught my eye.
For fans of Lagenlook, Pearl Red Moon has a new coat pattern out–the Marama Coat. The Marama Coat lets you get creative with lots of piecing possibilities and some very unique-looking patch pockets. The coat has a loose-fitting, asymmetric style with either a button or tie-belt closure.
As has been the case for the past few January releases for StyleArc, the new patterns for this month are mostly blouses, and they’ve again offered a Buy-2-of-the-new-styles-get-1-free (in addition to the monthly freebie, if you order directly from them). I wasn’t really in love with most of the new styles this month, but I’m picking my two favorites for this roundup post.
While not terribly exciting, I thought that the Mimi woven top makes for a nice basic for lightweight, drapey wovens, like rayon challis or cotton voile. The sleeve is fun, too, without being as impractical as most “statement sleeves”.
These ballet-inspired wrap skirts have been popping up everywhere over the past year. Like the other versions I’ve seen, StyleArc’s take on the style is cute, and the elastic waist should help prevent having to constantly re-tie the skirt to tighten the waist, as can sometimes be an issue with wrap skirts. This is also one of the freebie options for January, if you buy direct from StyleArc.
I did the overall thing back in the 90’s (along with my Rachel hair); I won’t be doing them this time around. However, every generation of women should have the joy of going to a public restroom in overalls and accidentally have one of the straps fall into the toilet, right? If you’re going to do overalls, Tilly’s new offering seems like a fairly easy version to sew, although they look a little odd with the lack of hip pockets in front. I guess you could easily draft a pair and add them if you want?
Vogue’s Spring Collection came out; however it’s a small one, and nothing much really grabbed me except for maybe this V1579 Badgley Mischka caped dress. I won’t do a full write-up for this collection as this post is already quite long at this point, but click the link to check it out, if you haven’t already.
Are you all disappointed if I don’t do a full write-up of new Vogue collections? More than the other Big 4 brands, I often struggle finding patterns of theirs to highlight. Thoughts/feelings?
What were your favorite new offerings this month? Are there any that you’ve already added to your pattern stash?