Pattern Review has posted their annual report of the previous year’s top ten patterns. Looks like the main theme of 2012 was simple wardrobe basics and Sewaholic patterns. I have two of these patterns in my to-sew stash (Simplicity 1916 and Vogue 8747), but most of the patterns I don’t already have don’t really interest me. Though I may have to consider trying a Sewaholic pattern in the future, since they are very popular and seem to give good results. And I might have to give the Vogue top a try this year. I spent a lot of time last year trying to perfect the fit on a button-down shirt and ended up with a lot of wadders. I do have a pencil skirt on my to-sew list this year, but I will probably end up using one of my numerous Burda patterns rather than buying the McCall’s pattern from the article.
Also, is it just me or do magazine patterns seem to get the short end of the stick when it comes to these “Best of” lists? Either because the magazines give us too many pattern options (I mean, how many Burda pencil skirt patterns do we all have?), they are too hard to come by (anyone else wish Patrones was also distributed by GLP International?), or people are scared off by the tracing and not so fantastic instructions. Oh well.
So… what do you all think? Did any of your favorite patterns make the list? Do you want to try a Sewaholic pattern now? Or do you find most of these choices rather boring? Does the Pattern Review list influence your pattern buying and sewing habits? Or are you (like me) going to go straight back to your current list of projects to sew and completely ignore the PR list altogether? Do you think it is harder for magazine patterns to make the list than envelope patterns? Feel free to discuss in the comments!