New Butterick, Simplicity, and New Look (and a Burda Vintage Sneak Peak)

A lot of new pattern releases this week!  Let’s take a look and see what trends these companies have gone with for the winter sewing season:


The latest pattern collection for Butterick is here!  This collection seems less focused on holiday party wear, and more focused on retro releases and slouchy tops to wear after eating too much turkey.

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B6292 – This winter coat is probably the highlight of the collection.  The length and collar options are great.

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B6285 – Patterns by Gertie.  I actually think the wrap shirt and skirt are very flattering styles.

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B6284 – Patterns by Gertie.  Pretty vintage inspired dress.

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B2682 – Retro Butterick, circa 1941.  I’m really liking the short sleeved version.

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B6286 – Retro Butterick, circa 1944.  Interesting how modern the color blocking looks.

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B6281 – One of the fancier dresses in this release.  BMV has used this seam detail on other recent patterns.

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B6280 – I actually rather like this dress pattern.  Great opportunities for print blocking, or just a classic looking dress.

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B6299 – We’ve seen a lot of simple sheath dresses like this, but this one is available in a much wider size range.  The bolero jacket is pretty classy too.

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B6283 – Katherine Tilton.  Interesting dress option from Katherine Tilton. I like seeing it made up in fancier materials – it is an interesting alternative to the tighter fitting gowns for holiday events.

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B6287 – I really like this color blocked top.  The color blocking does a nice job of breaking up the volume of the shirt.  I also really like the draped collar.

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B6290 – Katherine Tilton.  I also really like this Katherine Tilton top.  Maybe I’m just wanting cozy draped shirts right now, but I really like the use of color and print blocking in this pattern.

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B6289 – For some reason I can imagine this top looking good on others, but for me it feels like a bit much.

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B6291 – Another cozy wrap sweater.

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B6294 – Lifestyle Wardrobe.  The extra long tunic is very dramatic, but the shorter version might be more practical.

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B6297 – I really like the sweatshirt in the pattern.  The sweatpants might be a cool pattern to have in the stash too.

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B6298 – PJ jumpsuit.

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B6296 – Lisette.  Very classic looking pajama set.

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B6300 – Connie Crawford.  Nightgown set with a wide range of sizing options.


B6295 – Lisette.  I really like the pocket in the leggings – I need that!

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B6301 – Maternity jacket.  The idea that it can grow with you and even have room for a baby carrier is actually pretty cool.

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B6273 – See & Sew.  More PJ options.

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B6272 – See & Sew.

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B6271 – See & Sew.

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B6270 – I remember liking this top when it came out originally.

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B6269 – See & Sew.

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B6304 – Waverly.  Aprons can be useful for holiday cooking or gifting.

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B6302 – Retro Butterick Doll’s pattern.

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B6275 – See & Sew.


B6303 – Waverly dog accessories.

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B6274 – See & Sew bag pattern.

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B6305 – Making History by Nancy Farris-Thee.  Love this!  The scallop detail on the bottom of the skirt is really pretty.


The new Simplicity release also seems to be focused on retro patterns, mixed in with a lot of crafty stuff.  I suppose with gift giving season and a potential new crop of sewists getting a machine for the holidays, it makes sense to include more  easy to sew patterns in this release, but for the fashion sewer, there isn’t much to love in this collection.

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I really like 8013 – the vintage 70s dress.  The cape and skirt are also cute, but definitely have a stronger vintage vibe.

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I really like 8014 – a very classic shirtdress option.  The Project Runway pattern isn’t quite as exciting.

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Pattern 8020 has a very distinct style, I’m oddly drawn to it.

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There are a few patterns that might be good for holiday gift sewing, or sewing for special holiday events.

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The stuffed animals are SO CUTE!  How can I resist the little abominable snowman?  My sewing space might need a Bumble.

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The bags in the 8020 pattern are pretty cool looking.  I like the more sophisticated style.

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The American Girl branded patterns are great modern looking doll clothes.  I’m hoping that the company will also allow historical doll clothing to be released in the future, to go with their historical dolls and stories.  The Raggedy Ann & Andy pattern is like a blast from the past, and the teddy bears and bunnies are also super cute.

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There are lots of other patterns, but more of them look like fleece crafts.  Not really exciting enough to repost.

New Look

The New Look patterns are a bit more fashionable than the Simplicity in this release.

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I really like the coat options in 6416, and the 6417 jackets also look really cool.  The 6410 dress isn’t anything really new, but it does look very classy.

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I think New Look did a great job styling patterns that look similar to a lot of other patterns we’ve seen lately.  For some reason the New look patterns just look more stylish.  Perhaps it is a proportions thing?

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I’m not a huge jumpsuit fan, but I’m actually really digging 6413.

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BONUS – Burda VIntage Early Preview

The early previews for the Burda Vintage magazine has been posted on the German Burda Website.  You can check out a promo video here, which is awesome because it shows which patterns were the inspirations for these styles:

Here is a look at the styles that will come in this year’s edition of Burda Vintage:

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The sixties isn’t my personal favorite style, but I have to admit that I’m rather enamored with the white dress and the coat with the yellow band.

And that’s about it.  On the whole I have to say that, oddly enough, I think that New Look has the coolest collection on a whole.  Simplicity is mainly vintage patterns and crafts, and Butterick has also gone with a lot of Retro reprints and PJs for winter in this set.  Granted, I really like Retro/Vintage releases, but I don’t think there is a lot for garment sewers to get excited about in these releases.  A few gems scattered throughout,  but nothing really fabulous. The Burda Vintage (which I consider separate because it is a special edition of the magazine that only prints retro patterns) looks pretty good.  I’m surprised because I’m normally not a huge 60s fan, though I’m wondering if binge-watching Astronaut Wives Club may be altering my taste somewhat.  Though my current obsession with Manhattan has definitely been swinging my retro taste towards the 1940s the past few weeks.  Anyway, I think they chose some lovely reprints for the 60s edition of Burda Vintage, so I’m definitely excited for my copy of the magazine to arrive.

What do you all think?  Am I on pattern overload and missing something really awesome here?  Or are these patterns not quite as exciting as the collections we’ve seen from Vogue and McCall’s?  What is your thought on all the vintage pattern reprints?  Feel free to discuss in the comments!

3 thoughts on “New Butterick, Simplicity, and New Look (and a Burda Vintage Sneak Peak)

  1. Ahmegerd! All the burda stuff is pretty frumptastic apart from the white dress. The coat could be cool as well but not something I’d make up. The simplicity dresses are kinda pretty but there doesn’t really seem to be much new there. Which sucks because we’re just moving into summer here in the Southern hemisphere. Siiigh. I await your next burda magazine review with bated breath..


  2. I like the Burda vintage preview. It sounds odd but the 60s style is a breath of fresh air to me after the endless 50s designs that all the pattern companies do for vintage. Might have to seek that issue out.


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