Butterick has announced their latest collection of patterns – you can check them out here. All in all I have to say this is the best Big 4 collection we have seen for fall this year. There are a lot of cute dresses, some nice coat and jacket options, and possibly the only maternity pants pattern you will ever need. Granted, most of the shilouettes were similar to patterns I already have (how many sheath dress patterns do I need to own…hmmm…) and most of the tops and sweaters were poofy and frumpy, so the entire collection wasn’t a total win, but at least there was only one PJ pattern, and at least the new releases have some visual interest to them. Not sure how many I will add to my collection, but at least I sat up and took notice.
Let’s take a peak:
|B5951 – I like this dress. Might like the sleeveless and long sleeved versions more.|
|B5951 – The variation. I am really digging this version with the full skirt the most.|
|B5949 – Dress with two top and two skirt variations.
The shoulder pleating is interesting, but not too much.
Not sure if I really like the way one boob looks twice as big as the other?
|B5953 – A new Gertie pattern. Love the neckline.
On the fence how I feel about the dress as a whole…
For some reason I think it would look cuter with a full circle skirt…hmm…
|B5947 – Sheath dress with several options for design elements on the top.
Seems like it could be a good pattern for office clothes.
|B5950 – Sha-bam! This looks very similar to the June Burda Style dress
(I like Burda’s better), but this one has a waist seam that could be useful
for dealing with fit problems. Also, don’t let the photo fool you – this is designed for knits.
|B5952 – Really basic sheath dress pattern…|
|…but it also includes this trench coat. Both are very basic and similar to things I already have,
but I still like this pattern. Good to make wardrobe staples, or to highlight amazing fabrics.
|B5966 – Love this dressy coat pattern.
There are collar options that make it much more winter-appropriate as well.
|B5960 – A kAthRine Tilton pattern.
I feel like this style of coat just needs a belt to not look like a bathrobe.
Very similar to a lot of the Burda patterns I already have.
|B5962 – Another Gertie pattern.
I think the jacket is super cute. The skirt is nice, but its just a circle skirt.
|B5958 – Cute jacket pattern. I like it, but again,
I think there are a lot of Burda patterns I like more.
|B5965 – A Lifestyle Wardrobe pattern.
The jacket is nice, I like the top and dress, the pants and skirt are boring but fine.
|B5965 – The dress might be the best part!
The top is just a short version of the dress.
|B5961 – Another kAthRine Tilton pattern.
The sleeve seams on the top are quite interesting.
I could see the pants being useful too.
|B5964 – The only maternity pants pattern you will ever need.
Don’t believe me? Check out these options….
|Every style you could possibly want.|
|B5970 – A Making History pattern. Very Mary Poppins.|
|B5969 – Another Making History pattern. I think the skirt is actually quite pretty.|
|B5968 – This bag pattern could be useful I suppose?
Don’t know how interested I am in making my own luggage.
On the other hand, it would be super easy to identify your bags at the airport!
|B5940 – A See & Sew pattern. Unfortunately most of the other patterns
were rather frumpalicious like this one.
So, what do you all think? How does this rank in the fall lineup so far? Have to say of the Big 4 this is definitely my favorite fall collection. Granted, there isn’t a lot here that I haven’t seen before, but I do think there is a nice mix of wardrobe staples and visually interesting patterns. What do you all think? See anything here you really like? Or does your pattern stash already have you covered? Are you still bored with fall fashion, or does this inspire you to rethink your next project? Feel free to discuss in the comments!