We’ve got an interesting month of transitional patterns for March, with the northern hemisphere (in theory) heading into spring, and the southern hemisphere heading into autumn. There weren’t a ton of new releases this month, but I think there’s pretty much something for everyone out of this batch.
If you’ve been reading these roundup posts for a while, you know the drill. I often leave BurdaStyle’s Plus collections out of this series because far too often, their offerings fall into the “shapeless sack” category. So, when they offer something that actually appeals to me, I like to point it out. In addition to these two patterns, there’s also a nice wrap jacket/coat pattern that’s worth checking out if you click the link to the collection (above).
We’ve been seeing a LOT of tie front tops in recent months. This one stands out to me with the asymmetric tie and the pretty drape in front. You could make this top warm-weather-friendly by leaving off the long sleeves and simply going with the dropped shoulders as cap sleeves.
The whole reason that I’m including this blouse (there’s a shirtdress view, too) is the neckline. I have a RTW tunic from Modcloth with this neckline, and I love it. I’m short necked, and with my large bust, I prefer an open neckline, so the collar/neckline on this works better for me than more traditional collars. I know other curvy sewists might be in a similar boat. Also, I thought that the tie cuffs on this were a cute detail, too.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen people post questions on the Cashmerette and CSC Facebook groups asking for a way to add sleeves to the Cashmerette Springfield top. Given that drafting darts and FBAs can be a little tricky when you get into the higher cup sizes, I’m not at all surprised that there were a lot of requests for Jenny to draft a simple woven shell with sleeves. The Montrose top has two neckline and two back options, and I expect that we’ll be seeing a lot of these showing up on social media for spring and summer.
Itch to Stitch’s Liana jeans didn’t fare so well in our recent CSC Jeans Throwdown, but perhaps curvy sewists will fare better with the new Mountain View pull-on jeans? In theory, the back leg seam would help with fitting and help a lot of us who get that bagging in the back thigh of other jeans to get a better fit back there. Also, you can beat pull-on jeans made from stretch denim for everyday comfort.
Smack in the middle of our Jackets and Blazers theme for our #curvyyearofsewing, we’re offered this smashing new casual jacket pattern designed for medium wovens (linen, chambray, sateen) or stable knits (ponte). With retro-inspired details, an optional lining, no closures, this one has the potential to be a pretty quick sew, and it doesn’t take a lot of yardage either, if you don’t line (2 1/2″ yards of 60″ wide fabric for all sizes). I wear a lot of sleeveless styles in the summer that I top with either a cardigan or unlined jacket for the office, and this jacket would be perfect for that.
On the CSC Facebook group, people frequently ask for quick-and-easy knit skirt patterns. Surprisingly, outside of the Colette Mabel and a few maxi-skirt patterns, there really aren’t that many out there. The new 2-hour skirt pattern from HotPatterns should fill that niche niche nicely, though. This skirt works for most knits and some stretch wovens. It has a semi-fitted A-line silhouette and an invisible “Hollywood” elastic waistband.
Do you like the look and idea of popover tunics but hate sewing the placket? Love Notions’ new Presto Tunic gives you the look of the popular popover tunic style, but with an inset that should make sewing the placket portion faster and easier. The inset also provides an opportunity to experiment with color blocking or setting the inset on the bias. Also, the pattern includes a “full bust piece” for the front that appears to provide 3″ of additional bust ease.
McCalls…Oof. Usually, you’re right up there with Simplicity as my favorite company of the Big 4, but this collection leaves a lot to be desired…like an actual acknowledgement that any significant portion of the female population needs to wear a bra? Seriously, this might be the least-bra-friendly collection that I’ve ever seen out of any Big 4 company. Or maybe I’m just cranky because nearly all of the bra-friendly patterns had an overly flouncy statement sleeve thing going on…and yeah, I get that statement sleeves have been a thing for a while, but as someone who prefers my sleeve hem to not get dripped in salad dressing, it’s a trend that I’m not on board with.
I’m picking one pattern to highlight out of this bunch–which has cup sizes and two (but only two) of the views are bra-strap friendly. We’ve seen this style wrap dress a lot in recent offerings from other patternmakers, but hey, cup sizes.
I saw a question in another online community recently wondering why as a curvy sewing-focused website, we haven’t given more attention to Petite Plus patterns, given that they’re drafted specifically for a curvy sewist. The answer, frankly, is that I don’t recall them having released any new patterns in the past few years, and I think their older patterns possibly fly under the radar of a lot of our readership. I think that among our readership, Kathleen Cheetham is better known for her well-regarded Craftsy classes, but for those who don’t know, she does have her own pattern line.
The new Shapely Blouse is the first new pattern that I can recall Petite Plus patterns releasing in quite some time. These patterns are rafted for petite 5′ 2″ women with narrow shoulders, full bust and lots of curves (basically, my own figure!). If you look past the dated styling in the sample photos and focus on the line drawings, PP’s new Shapely Blouse has a lot of potential for a cute blouse. I’m a big fan of open necklines like this, and the collar variations are fun without veering into being twee. We’ll be posting a review for this pattern in upcoming weeks.
StyleArc had some fun new additions in March. My two favorites of the new patterns were a coat and a dress.
StyleArc consistently offers up a few interesting casual coat patterns per year, and the new Parker Coat is no exception. The Parker is designed for stable knits and a unique collar design. It also includes large patch pockets and a back vent for walking ease.
The Talulah dress is an easy-to-sew and easy-to-wear knit dress with long sleeves and side gathers to give the skirt more of a flared shape. This one looks like it should be almost as fast of a project as a t-shirt dress, but with the skirt, it provides a little more visual interest.
Tessuti patterns have historically been fairly popular in some parts of the online sewing community over the past few years, but their typical size range isn’t very curve-friendly, topping out at a 106 cm/42″ bust. Recently, however, they’ve started offering some patterns with an extended size range, up to an AU size 22 (121 cm / 47.5″ bust).
One of the first patterns with this new size range is the easy-fitting pull-on Eva dress. The pull-on Eva dress is designed for medium-weight wovens and can be made sleeveless or with short sleeves. Its lantern-shaped skirt includes side pockets.
The other pattern with Tessuti’s new size range is the Milenda dress, which is designed for woven fabrics like linen and crepe. The Milenda features short sleeves, pockets, and stitched-down release pleats.
I am so ready for warmer weather and to be able to feel like I can really start my Spring sewing. I have several rayon fabrics pulled for both the Petite Plus Shapely Blouse, the Cashmerette Montrose top, and I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of my paper version of the HotPatterns Bouvier Jacket. What are you planning to make from this month’s new releases?