Can you believe that it’s already December? In addition to finally being able to say goodbye to 2016 soon (Good riddance!), that means that it’s also time for another pattern roundup post, covering new patterns that were released in November.
New pattern releases tend to slow down around the holidays, but we did still get a pretty decent selection of new patterns this past month.
Blank Slate – Tulip Top (Revised with extended sizing and an additional view)
Blank Slate patterns recently released a revised version of their Tulip Top pattern, which was originally available up to a size XL (44″/112cm bust). The revised version now includes an additional view with the crossover in back and is now available up to size 3X (53″/134.5cm bust).
Disclaimer: I was a tester for this pattern for the extended size range. I made the back crossover version, and I was very happy with how my top came out–it’s a super comfortable, cozy top for winter, and I’ve been wearing it a lot. If you’re worried about tummy or lower back coverage, the top is drafted so that isn’t an issue. You’ll be seeing a review of this pattern from me here on the CSC in a few weeks.
I don’t buy a whole lot of Butterick patterns; from the Big 4, McCall’s and Simplicity usually appeal to me more. However, I was pretty impressed with the latest collection from Butterick–there’s pretty much something for everyone in this group of patterns.
While Coni Crawford patterns aren’t typically my own personal style, I know that a lot of CSC readers love them–and for good reason; the styles tend to be very classic and Coni’s size range is about the only one that goes up to a 6X. If you’ve been frustrated about not being able to find a coat pattern in your size range, the new coat pattern from Coni has a lot going for it. It’s got a classic style and not only shoulder princess seams, but princess seams in the coat skirt, giving lots of options for fitting.
While most of sewing bloggers Gertie’s patterns for Butterick have been very cute, very few of them have been boob-friendly, so I’ve usually taken a pass. However, I LOVE this dress with its sweetheart neckline, princess seams, and full skirt.
Lisette patterns have a huge fan following for good reason; Liesl’s patterns tend to be very wearable for most women’s lifestyles, and the patterns have excellent instructions. There’s a cute knit dress in the current collection that I expect to be very popular among sewists.
Looking to do a little Downton Abbey cosplay? Butterick has you covered with this pattern for a riding outfit, which has some really great details. Heck, that jacket is pretty great all on its own!
Looking for a quick and comfortable knit dress to make where you’ll very likely be able to skip the FBA step? Take a look at Cashmerette’s latest offering–the Turner knit skater dress. I already have my copy of this one and am looking very forward to sewing it up.
Swing dresses have been gaining in popularity over the past year or two. It’s easy to see the appeal; few shapes are quite as “throw on and go” as a swing dress. Sure, there’s a risk (particularly for busty women) of a “tent effect,” but really, as women, are we obligated to make ourselves look as small as possible with everything we wear? Must everything we wear have a waist-defining effect?
In any case, the Farrow is a cute entry in the swing dress category, particularly with the chevron-ish hem option that carefully conceals a set of inseam pockets.
Do you feel like you’ve seen every possible variation on an A-line skirt pattern? I’d thought so, but I was instantly grabbed by this new offering from Itch-to-Stitch. I think that the flounce is adorable, and I love that it has options for pockets and sewing either a lined or unlined version. If you click through to the Pattern Release Announcement, you’ll also see that the pattern testers knocked it out of the park with this one, showing lots of creativity and skirts that look great on everyone.
German pattern company Schnittchen recently expanded their line to include plus sizes for several patterns. One of these patterns is the new Katha Tunic, which has a cool-looking neckline and both long-sleeved and sleeveless views. (I loved this the second I saw it–expect to see a pattern review for this one here on the CSC in a few weeks.)
StyleArc’s November releases included an interesting mix at cozy patterns (for those of us about to enter winter in the northern hemisphere) and warm-weather patterns (for those whose temperatures are heating up in the southern hemisphere).
With its on-trend slit sleeves, the Rae tunic was one of the freebie options for the month of November. Designed to be made in either a knit or a woven, this tunic looks like it would be a nice, easy sewing project for the summer months.
The other freebie option for November was the Josie hoodie–a raglan-sleeved hoodie with some designer details, such as a curved hem and drawcord. I’d love to make this one up in a soft French terry!
Designed for lightweight, drapey wovens, the Sadie tunic has an interesting twisted sleeve cuff and shirttail hem.
I kind of love the details on these pants; they’re a woven pull-on pant, but with interesting front pockets and in a tapered style and split hem that elevates them above what you might associate with “pull-on pants”. Unlike many of StyleArc’s pull-on pant patterns, this one isn’t designed specifically for bengaline fabric, and should work with any lightweight, drapey woven fabric.
Most of StyleArc’s “designer dress” patterns have been interesting, but not really my personal style. And I guess that the new Winsome dress isn’t really my personal style, either, but I do really like it. It’s got an easy fit, those draped pockets look pretty cool, and the henley button placket gives this dress a more sporty/less artsy look. Bottom line, it looks like a super comfortable throw-on-and-go dress.
With the 90’s revival that we’ve been seeing in fashion for the past few years, it was only a matter of time before overalls, shortalls, and pinafores came back in style. Now with the return of overalls, we can hope that someone will reboot Lilith Fair, right?
Kudos to Tilly for using a curvy model in some of the promo images for this pattern, as this style is definitely one that takes on a different look on full-busted women.
What were your pattern favorites from this month? Do you plan to sew any of these over the holidays? (I’ve got plans for another Tulip Top, a Turner dress, and some of the new StyleArcs, which I bought over Thanksgiving weekend.)
Were there any pattern releases that I missed that should be shared with our readers?