This is our last Pattern Roundup post of 2017, can you believe it? We didn’t have a ton of new releases this month, so this post will be a little shorter than most months. Let’s take a look….
Butterick’s latest collection was a bit of a yawn to me–there’s just not a lot here that we haven’t already seen before…often many times over the past few years. As a result, I’m highlighting two patterns that I thought were the most notable for the CSC audience.
I’ve been seeing a fair number of crossover (not wrap) tops like this in RTW in the past year or two, especially with the split hem like this. The pants are interesting in that they apparently have no side seams (I don’t know how that would work if you typically need a lot of fit adjustments for pants), but do essentially have princess seams in the front and back.
Indie patterns for hoodies and lounge pants are a dime a dozen; however, these trendy patterns don’t always have particularly inclusive sizing. (I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen someone asking for a hoodie pattern that goes up to, say, a 4X in our Facebook group.) Connie Crawford’s new hoodie and jogger pattern goes up to a size 6X, which is about as inclusive of a size range as you’ll find in a commercial pattern.
Itch to Stitch has a new free top pattern available. It’s a dropped-shoulder, relaxed fit knit top with a wide, boat neckline. You have the option of 3/4 or full length sleeves. This is the sort of free top pattern where we tend to see a lot of fun hacks posted in our FB group.
If you like vintage-style undies, the new Nixie Briefs from Jennifer Lauren Handmade are a cute new entry into that garment category. With the Nixie briefs, you get a choice of a hipster or full-brief coverage. The Nixie also claims to prevent both “plumber’s crack” and “hungry bum”–two common issues with underwear fit.
Many of our readers are big fan of Love Notions’ Laundry Day tee–a swing-shaped tee that fits through the bust and easily skims over the tummy and hips. By request, Love Notions has now released a raglan version of this tee/tunic. The Rockford Raglan comes with both swing and boxy/straight fit options, top and tunic length, and the options for a free, split, or banded hem.
Much like the new Butterick collection, I was pretty underwhelmed by the new Early Spring collection from Simplicity. It’s not…bad…it’s just really boring, IMO. Here are the two that I found the most interesting:
Sure, we’ve seen a lot of colorblocking in recent years (a trend that sort of seems to be on the way out), but I thought that this pattern’s take on colorblocking looked fairly fresh. I also liked the shape of the dress–somewhere between fit-and-flare and a more bodycon style. Plus, I like to highlight Mimi G’s patterns in this monthly post, as her size range tends to be more inclusive than a lot of other Big 4 patterns.
Unlike many indie lingerie patternmakers, Simplicity acknowledges that women can have breasts that are larger than, say, a 38DD. In fact, the new sports bra pattern from Simplicity goes up to a size 44G–with all cup sizes included for all band sizes! The details on these bras are pretty fun, too.
December was a quiet month for StyleArc in that we only got two new patterns from them–a knit top and a pretty dress.
One of the freebie options for December, the Emery knit top offers a different take on a basic knit tee pattern with its leg-of-mutton sleeve with a puffed sleeve cap. I remember this style being popular a few years ago–I can’t tell if this top looks dated, or knowing how StyleArc is usually right on top of trends, if this style is going to be making a comeback very soon.
It’s not something that I’ll be tackling any time soon because I detest working with sheer fabrics, but wow, is the new Valentina dress pretty! This darted, feminine dress is meant to be worn as an overlay over a bias-cut slip, which is included with the pattern.
What were your favorites this month? I didn’t necessarily see any must-haves for myself and my lifestyle, but the Valentina dress from StyleArc sure is pretty. I know that many in our Facebook group are fans of the Laundry Day tee from Love Notions, so I’m sure that we’ll start seeing many versions of their new raglan top there, too.