The latest collection from Vogue is here! Overall I have to say it is a good collection, but maybe not a great one. There are a lot of patterns here that I like, but there aren’t a ton that I actually want to go out and buy. I think a lot of the patterns I do like are very similar to patterns I already have in the stash, or I find them interesting, but just not my personal style. There are a few boring/baggy/sack dress patterns, but overall I think the release has more good stuff than bad. Let’s take a look:
First up, the dresses:
|V1398 – A Mark + James Badgley Mischka pattern.
I like the top, and the scalloped skirt is interesting.
Perhaps a bit sweet for my taste?
I can think of several other bloggers who would own this look though.
|V1399 – A Badgley Mischka dress pattern. Actually I think this is quite clean and chic.
Normally I am not a fan of peplums like this, but here the proportions work.
|V1392 – A Kay Unger New York pattern.
I like the off the shoulder neckline, though in my experience,
they are the most practical the wear. Skirt… meh, but it has pockets!
|V1393 – Another Kay Unger pattern. I really like the contrasting bands,
though I am not sure the seam line details show up well in this lace fabric.
Cute, but I feel like I have seen similar designs before.
|V1394 – Rebecca Taylor pattern. The gathering on this dress is cute,
but nothing sensational. Not sure how comfortable/practical the button-up back is.
|V1395 – Another Rebecca Taylor. Nice to see a draped dress for wovens.
Again, nothing amazing, but it would be easy to wear during summer.
|V1396 – A DKNY pattern. I actually sort of like this,
but I also know it wouldn’t look good on me. Hoping someone else is inspired to make it…
|V1402 – A Lialia pattern. Interesting use of the print on the dress,
but the pattern itself isn’t terribly exciting to me.
|V1397 – Tracy Reese pattern. This actually reminds me a lot of
the dress from the October 2012 Burda…
|The deep-V back is the most exciting part, I think.|
|V8998 – A Vogue Easy Options Custom Fit dress.
I wasn’t super excited by the photo…
|…but I do like some of the variations on the line drawings.
The cup sizing options don’t hurt either.
|V8997 – Another Easy Options pattern.
I wasn’t very excited by the photo of this dress at first either…
|But the line drawings won me over again.
Especially for the sheath dresses. And more cup sizing – yay!
|V8995 – The drawing isn’t super inspiring on this Very Easy Vogue pattern.
But imagine it color blocked (and sleeveless) and you have a total winner.
|V8993 – Another Very Easy Vogue.
Actually I think this dress is quite cute.
|V9001 – Not sure how I feel about where all the
bust seam lines are located on this one…
|V8996 – Another Very Easy Vogue.
The basic shape of the dress is quite simple, but it has awesome pocket placement!
|V8992 – I feel like this coat dress could be quite cute, especially if styled appropriately.
And the long-sleeved version could probably be re-worked into a coat if one was so inclined.
There were also some awesome non-dress patterns too:
|V8991 – A Claire Shaeffer Custom Couture pattern.
Might have to get this one just for the instructions and the sleeves.
|V9009 – I like the line drawings of this jacket pattern, but I don’t know
if I like it more than other patterns I have in the stash. The collar is interesting though.
|V9013 – A Very Easy Vogue pattern. I like the skirt, and I like the jacket,
but I don’t know if I would like how this translates in real life.
Might have to wait and see if anyone else makes up the jacket in this pattern before I invest in it.
|V9016 – An Elizabeth Gillett NYC pattern. Love this little shrug! So cute!|
|This slightly edgier version isn’t too bad either.
And I know exactly what I would wear it with. Might have to add this to the stash…
|V9005 – A draped tank top for knits. In theory it is pretty,
but I feel I might get annoyed wearing it. I am sure 20 million versions will pop
up on the blog-o-sphere and I will be proven wrong though…
|And I think the other versions look quite voluminous.|
|V9003 – I think the peplum is just a bit too full on this top.
The collar on he neck looks a bit small too…
|V9004 – Color blocked blouse. Not sure I am loving it.
Mismatched neck seam – cool or sloppy looking?
(I do like the more basic view A – but I feel I could draft it myself using a stash tank top pattern.)
|V9002 – I could see this simple top with flutter sleeves becoming quite popular.
Not sure I really love it myself, but it seems like simple tops are all the rage on Pattern Review lately.
|V9006 – A Cowl neck for wovens. Usually we see this sort of thing for knits,
but I am still not particularly excited by this pattern for some reason.
|V9008 – These shorts actually aren’t too bad!|
|Actually there are some nice variations in style and length,
while still having classic lines and the sorts of details you would want in a pair of shorts.
|V9015 – A lingerie/sleepwear set pattern.|
|Actually, I love how the belt is attached to the robes!
And I like the slip variations too.
A few new Vintage Vogue patterns:
|V9000 – This shirt dress is fine, but not the most exciting vintage reprint ever.|
|V8999 – This dress looks deceptively basic in the photo…|
|…but actually consists of a million seams!|
It wasn’t all good – Vogue also had quite a few baggy, shapeless, sack-dress looks this time around:
|V1401 – A KOOS Couture pattern. It’s just… so… big.|
|V1400 – A Guy Laroche pattern.
Normally I am a fan of the Guy Laroche pattern, but without the belt, this is just…
|A large baggy sack. Boring.|
|V1390 – A Today’s Fit pattern.
Again, this is just sort of shapeless looking on the model.
|V1391 – Another Today’s Fit. Not exactly baggy, but not exactly exciting, either.|
|V8994 – Two words: Potato Sack.|
|V9010 – The tunic top is just so big!
The pants aren’t bad, but what is the sudden fascination with zip-back pants?
|V9012 – Ok, I feel like I would wear the top, and I would wear the pants,
but I would never wear them together. Too much volume all at once!
And again with the zip-back pants!
Shouldn’t be too hard to change to a side-zip though…
So, what do you all think? Does this pattern set have some hits? Or is it a total snooze-fest? I feel like a lot of these patterns have the potential to be cute, but also might have the potential to end up in the Frumpy Ghetto of Waddersville. There are a lot of styles here I like, but wouldn’t wear, and others that I would wear, but probably don’t need, as they would replicate pre-stashed patterns. It is making it quite difficult to decide which patterns I would actually want to add to the stash, if any. Anyone else having these sorts of conundrums? Is it a sign that my stash is getting too full? Feel free to discuss the pattern release and your stash dilemmas in the comments!