Summer 2018 Vogue Patterns

The latest crop of patterns from Vogue is here, and it seems like the internet has gone nuts.  So far it feels like the initial impressions are overwhelmingly positive.  Yes, I do think that there are a lot of great designs in this release, I don’t think I’m reaching quite the level of excitement that the rest of the internet seems to be.  To be blunt, I feel like I already have some variation of most of these patterns in my stash.  I expect I’ll add a few to the stash (there are some great designs here), but probably not quite so many as the initial oohing and aaaaaahing would have made me believe.  In any case, let’s take a look:


V1588 – Rebecca Vallance.  This dress reminds me very much of last year’s V1545.  The new pattern is perhaps a bit more wearable, with a much less daring neckline.  I like both of these styles, but I think I prefer the V1545 more; I like the back and the front is more interesting.  I’m sure I’d be more comfortable wearing V1588 though; it’d also be a lot easier to modify the neckline to create and entirely covered style if so desired.


V1591 – Rebecca Vallance.  I do really like this jumpsuit.  I just wonder if I need to add it to the stash?  I feel like I have similar versions elsewhere (Burda, New Look, etc.), which could be pretty easily modified to crate this lace up back.  I really love the proportions here though.  Hmmmmm.  It’s tempting.


V1589 – Guy Laroche.  When I saw the sneak peak of the back of this dress I was sure it’d be on my pattern wishlist, but seeing the front has convinced me otherwise.  I love the open back, and the cut of the skirt, but I’m not in love with the dangling ruffle on the front.  Sure, I could leave it off, but then the front of the dress is really boring.  I think I’ll give this one a pass; I like the back, but I don’t think I need it just for that aspect of the design.


V1577 – Guy Laroche.  I really like the use of fabrics in this dress.  It’s not exactly something I’d see myself wearing, but I do appreciate the design.


V1584 – Tracy Reese.  I really like this dress!  The simple asymmetric drape of the neckline is very pretty.  It’s a simple dress, but it looks comfortable and very pretty.


V1586 – Tracy Reese.  I also like this dress as well.  There is a level of sophistication here that is really intriguing.  I feel like it walks that line of being formal or casual; you could style it either way.


V1587 – Nicola Finetti.  It’s super short and super boxy; neither are good looks for me.  The drape of the arm ruffles is quite pretty, but the neckline is super low.  I feel like this is one of those looks that would be really great for people who have the body type of the model, but might not be easily functional otherwise.


V1585 – Rachel Comey.  I’m still not excited by overly boxy shapes, but I think this could be very comfortable to wear in summer, especially in a nice, cool linen.  The gathered circular inset is interesting.


1590 – Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina.  I really love the way this look is styled.  The jacket collars are interesting, and the much longer lace overlay on the skirt creates a very interesting effect.


V1583 – Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina.  I’m not as interested by the boxy top or pull on shorts though.  That shirt feels very cumbersome; the model is swimming in it.


V9317 – Marcy Tilton.  If I’d only seen the line drawing this would have been a total pass for me, but I think the drape of the tops is actually quite interesting a pretty.  I might add this to my list; it looks comfortable and like an interesting sew.


V9322 – Marcy Tilton.  I’m always intrigued by the Marcy Tilton style lines, even if I’m not always loving the silhouettes.  This is one of those cases; I think the mix of fabrics and prints could be really interesting, but I know this style ins’t something I’d be personally interested in wearing.


V9314 – Kathryn Brenne.  I feel like there have been several variations of these tie dresses lately, and all of them have been popular.  This seems like a dress pattern that could be very popular once the weather warms.


V9324 – Ron Collins.  There are some nice details on these shorts, from the welt pockets to the color blocked waistband.  Very stylish.


V9309 – Claire Schaeffer’s Custom Couture Collection.  This is one of those patterns I can absolutely appreciate (just look at all of those scallops!), but I’d really never wear.  I *really* hope some of the vintage pattern lovers out there try this out, because I’d love to see it.  Claire Schaeffer’s instructions are renowned for their detail, so I expect no less from this dress pattern.


V9323 – Elizabeth Gillet NYC.  I haven’t seen a lot of love for this pattern on the internet, and, yes, it looks pretty simple, but it also has some very pretty ways to use beautiful, silky fabrics.  The color blocked kimono is a great way to add style and polish to a look.


V9313 – Vogue Easy Options Custom Fit.  I really like this dress.  The wrap style neckline is pretty great, and I really like the diagonal buttons on the skirt; very fun detail.


V9312 – Very Easy Vogue.  Fairly simple dress, and the neckline looks super low, but I could see the appeal on a super hot summer day.


V9311 – Very Easy Vogue.  Another deep-V summer dress.  I do like the use of the prints in this pattern.


V9321 – Very Easy Vogue.  I felt like the front of this jumpsuit was pretty similar to some of the McCall’s offerings, but the back is a fun, unique detail.  I think I prefer the features from the McCall’s looks overall though.  Also, another super deep V-neck here.  It almost feels like V9253 was a super popular pattern, so now everything has this crazy deep V-neck going on.  I mean, I like a V-neck, don’t get me wrong.  But there are a *lot* of them in this release.


V9318 – Very Easy Vogue.  Because we couldn’t not have a ruffle top for a summer release.


V9319 – Very Easy Vogue.  I’m getting similar vibes to the recent McCall’s release with the wide-legged pant/crop top going on.  I do like the way the top/shorts combo is pictured, but I really don’t need to add a crop top to my wardrobe or stash.


V9320 – Very Easy Vogue Custom Fit.  Similar thoughts as above.  I think I prefer the drape of the V9313 pants to this pattern, but this appears to be drafted for a woven, and that waist treatment sure wouldn’t stay put in a jersey.


V9315 – Very Easy Vogue.  I, like everyone else, have fallen for that striped top.  So cute!  I think the other tops could be great to pair with a long skirt to create a fantastic evening look, but view C would be super cute for the summer.  This one is definitely on the list.


V9316 – Very Easy Vogue.  This feels as though it could be very boxy.  I’d be interested to see this one made up to see if it is quite as voluminous as the image suggests.


V9297 – Very Easy Vogue Custom Fit.  I feel like the waist line is a bit odd here.  It’s not quite high enough to be an empire waist, but it’s also sort of awkwardly not quite low enough to be at the true waist?  I could be wrong; this is another one that might look totally different made up, especially depending on fabric choice.


V9310 – Very Easy Vogue.  Pretty simple dress; the illustration really isn’t selling it to me.  I do think that it’s one that could be a surprise hit though; it’s simple and has sleeve ventilation for the summer.


V9306 – Very Easy Vogue.  I’m not that impressed by this pattern.  Again, the drawing could be very different from how actual fabric behaves, but I feel that there is just a lot of volume happening, and it all seems to awkwardly be extending from the armpits.


V93308 – TaFa.  These hats seem vaguely vintage inspired, but the brim is very practical for the summer sun.

And that’s it!  What did you all think?  Are you obsessed with this collection just as much as the rest of the internet seems to be?  Or are you a bit more reserved in your praise?  Do you feel like these looks are quite similar to the recent McCall’s release?  Or are you anxiously awaiting a sale?  Feel free to give your thoughts and opinions in the comments!

18 thoughts on “Summer 2018 Vogue Patterns

  1. Exciting? To me these things look like stuff that shrunk in the wash and more warmed-over vintage junk.

    You obviously didn’t know Vogue patterns in their Paris and American couturier heyday. All of that ended when Vogue was sold to the American Can Company, or something equally irrelevant, back in the 1980’s. They recently went through another similar buyout.

    Boring Burda went totally down the drain as well. No more knockout German tailoring with fabulous fit from them either. Just baggy boho re-treads.

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    1. Yeah, I wasn’t around during that time, so I don’t have that point of comparison. I’d argue against Burda’s lack of tailoring though. While I agree that recent trends are much looser and that Burda is certainly on top of following trends (especially in the envelope pattern releases), I don’t think the quality of their tailoring or fit has declined. I’ve not yet made a true vintage Burda pattern, but I’ve made several styles from 1990s-present, and the fit is very consistent. The 1990s looks are actually even baggier and looser on fit than the more recent styles, but that was the look back in the day.

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  2. I like the Sandra Betzina jacket and skirt combo and view E of V9313. That striped dress is gorgeous. That’s about it for me. I do like the men’s shorts, but I have other patterns for men’s shorts and color-blocking is an easy change. I also like the hats. I probably won’t purchase any of them, but if I did it would be the hats and maybe SB’s jacket/skirt pattern. I really appreciate your reviews of the new pattern releases. Thanks for doing them. 🙂

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  3. I wasn’t as excited as social media was over this pattern collection either but I chalk it up to Vogue playing up to their social media fans and not the every day consumer. I love a dress but there wasn’t a single one there I would buy. Maybe the next round of patterns will be more appealing.

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  4. You know, the V1583 – Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina one is kind of intriguing… I want to poke at it and see what happens…lol I might get that one if it comes on sale. I like the V9323 – Elizabeth Gillet NYC, but not sure I wear it. The V1587 – Nicola Finetti is cool, but I’ve no where to where that either. The rest don’t really say much to me, but they do look nice on the models!

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  5. i really like the two tracy reese dresses. a lot. the shorter one looks like it would be really comfortable and also suitable for work. and the longer one looks like a great going out dress. and i have a friend getting married this summer… hmmm…

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      1. i do find myself wondering if 1586 is actually a hi-lo dress, based on the sewn model. the line drawing doesn’t feature that, but it sure looks hi-lo on the model.


  6. Love, love love the crop top and wide legged pant patterns, will definitely be making these this summer! That polka dot hat, Oh My Goodness!!! A sure MUST-HAVE pattern!
    I cant wait to be done with prom dresses, and question whetbwr i will EVER, YES, I SAID, EVER make another prom dress in my lifetime! Arrrrr!!! #blameInatagram for these girls wanting the impossible #FantasyDress!!! Im so ready to sew for MYSELF!!!! 😁

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  7. The Tracy Reese dresses are my picks from these. They’re not wildly original, but well balanced designs that would be very useful. I like the top with the oversize shawl collar too, another practical summer garment.

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  8. I’m sticking to my lowered consumption for 2018 and will definitely add the Tracy Reese wrap dress (1586), it is perfection.

    I like the front of 1588 and the back of 1545. I have no reason to own either. LOL! I thought many of the looks were interesting and fun and mimicking RTW a bit.

    I think Burda is giving me my feel this year though. I want to sew like a gazillion things from March, April and May!

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    1. I know, I’m so excited to see the full preview for May! And I bought fabric for a few things from April. Not that I have time to sew them at the moment, but they are all most decidedly “on the list.”


  9. This was an odd one for me. Not a lot of crazy, but a whole lot of both ‘ I am way too young to wear tgat’ and ‘I am way too old to wear that’ (I’m in my 40s. I can’t imagine ever being grown up enough to wear the Sandra Betzina lace suit). I like the Guy Laroche shirtdress a lot and will buy it, but the rest aren’t things I’d ever wear, or else I already have similar patterns. Ok the Rebecca Vallance jumpsuit is amazing, but that’s too impractical even for me. But much of it felt more like McCalls than Vogue to me this time out: i I guess I’m no longer the target audience!

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  10. I love both of the Tracey Reese dresses and will definitely order those next time they go on sale. I think that’s all the must haves though no doubt I’ll want to add more as I see real life versions popping up. I love your pattern reviews to the point where I think I’ll just wait for you to do one rather than look at the original website!

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  11. The only one I like is the slim-skirted version of 9313. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! It reminds me of the uniform-style dresses worn by hairdressers and beauty salon staff in B&W movies. All the rest seemed to have random doo-dads thrown into them, with no thought for design, practicality or elegance.

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