The early spring McCall’s patterns are here! On the whole the collection is pretty simple – a lot of basic silhouettes, easy to fit knits and boxy tops, with a few party dresses thrown in for good measure. My thinking is that they are trying to entice people who just got sewing machines for the holidays (or those of us who are a bit burned out after all the holiday sewing) to pick up a new pattern that will be easy to throw together. That being said, there are a few gems in this collection (especially if you are into cosplay), so let’s take a look:
M7319 – I really like this dress! The maxi would be great for summer, and the other views could be great for going out to the store or to a party, depending on fabric choice. The skirt looks fuller in the garment photos than on the model – I prefer the fuller looking skirt, so might need to play with the pattern once I get it.
M7332 – Love this jacket! It fits nicely into the jacket/cardigan trend that is happening right now. I really like the view with the contrasting collar and cuffs, but I could also see using 3 colors and color-blocking the heck out of this. Lots of fun options here.
M7320 – I probably don’t need a fancy ballgown pattern, but I do think this is really pretty, so it might be joining my stash.
M7329 – Fancy full length skirt. It’s fine, but I’m not sure that I need it.
M7321 – Create It! dress. The Create It! patterns always boarder on the too cute/juvenile side for me. I could see this looking more sophisticated in a different color palate, but I think this pattern is better suited for a youner demographic.
M7318 – Designer Joi. On the one hand I think this pattern is really cute, but, on the other, it is pretty basic. I like the style, but I don’t think I need to add the pattern to my stash.
M7316 – Dress with cup sizing. The cup sizing makes this pattern more appealing, especially with the more complex cross over princess seaming on the top. Normally I’m not a fan of a lot of ruffles, but I’m actually liking the skirt here. I don’t know if I need to stash this one, but it is growing on me the more I look at it, and the cup sized bodice makes it tempting.
M7317 – Cute! I know a lot of people aren’t into the asymmetrical hems, but I think it looks really pretty here in the soft fabric, and there is a regular hem option as well. I think the bodice is really pretty – simple, but not boring.
M7315 – Not as much a fan of this one. It’s ok, but I think the basic top just isn’t exciting me.
M7314 – Another cup sized dress. I don’t know if I like the proportions of where the waist hits (I know it wouldn’t look good on me), but I think this could be a cute spring dress for others.
M7313 – Learn to Sew for Fun! pattern. On the one hand, it’s a basic dress, nothing too exciting happening with the pattern. On the other hand, sometimes simple is good, and it can be great for a busy print like in the model photo. My initial reaction was to skip this one, but I might have to consider it for the stash. Either way, I expect it will be a very popular pattern on the blogosphere.
M7330 – My first thought was that McCall’s did a great job styling this jumpsuit. My second thought was that I’m not a big fan of jumpsuits. My third thought was that is reminds me a lot of what Gadget from the Rescue Rangers wears. My fourth thought was that that was enough reason to get this pattern. And make it in purple. My sister confirmed that this was solid logic and a thing that needs to happen.
M7328 – Reminds me of the pajama pants I’m wearing as I type this. Which means I approve of the style, but probably don’t need the pattern.
M7331 – Nancy Zieman wardrobe pattern. All pretty basic pieces, but ones I could see getting a lot of wear, especially the leggings.
M7326 – The peplum trend is still here. Not really in love with this top, but I do like the color blocking choices.
M7322 – Learn to Sew for Fun top. Again, pretty basic, but also might be pretty popular.
M7324 – I actually rather like view B of this tunic top.
M7325 – Too much fabric.
M7327 – Another oversized top. This one is a bit too boxy for my taste.
M7323 – I like how the use of a simple seam and striped fabric has created an interesting design detail on this top.
M7333 – I’m torn between thinking view C is pretty cute, but that the neck is so open is might not be terribly warm. I don’t know if I’d make it in a lace, but this pattern is definitely up for consideration.
M7339 – Yaya Han corset pattern. All the seam lines make it look like this should be pretty easy to adjust. Yaya Han’s plus size jumpsuit patterns (for men and women) are also listed in this release, thought they have been available on the Cosplay by McCall’s website for a while now.
M7335 – Formé Millenary. Love these steampunk hats! This pattern is a total win for anyone into the steampunk scene.
M7334 – Khaliah Ali bags. Love the shapes available. They look like bags you would buy from retail.
M7338 – If you feel like making complicated looking kids toys for the holidays, here’s your pattern! I’m actually pretty impressed with these options. My dolls would have loved a bed this ornate.
Also, McCall’s is offering vintage inspired notebooks! Kind of cool, but I think I would be more interested if there were different designs on the covers. Hopefully they will continue this series and maybe do some of their drool worthy gowns from the 1950s.
So, what do you all think? Find anything to love? Or is this release a snooze fest? Are you ready for spring sewing yet? Or are we all just trying to keep up with the holidays? Feel free to discuss in the comments!