Looks like we are starting to hit the season of fall fashions! Simplicity has just announced their Pre-Fall collection, and I’ll be posting about Butterick’s Early Fall collection tomorrow as well! Fall fashions tend to be my favorite, but, if I’m being honest, I’m not the most excited with these new releases. Perhaps my feelings will change as I write this review (as they sometimes do), but as of right now, I’m holding out for the August Burda before I get really excited about fall fashions this year. Regardless, there is a lot to look at in this release, so let’s get started:
8686 – 1940s Vintage dress. I tend to like 40s fashions, but this is one of those styles that really is too cute/sweet/girly for me to picture myself wearing. I think the vintage lovers will enjoy this dress – it has lots of great features and style lines, but I think this is also one of those styles that looks distinctly vintage, and isn’t necessarily as translatable to someone who enjoys doing a “sneaky vintage” modern wardrobe.
8687 – This shirt dress, on the other hand, feel very modern. Also perhaps slightly scandalous? I definitely get a “wearing my man’s oversized shirt as a robe after I get out of bed” vibe from this. Not that there is anything wrong with that. But I think it may limit the versatility of this as a wardrobe piece. I do like the asymmetric hem and the wrap style, but, there is definitely a vibe I get from this piece that I don’t know if I’d be comfortable wearing in public. Maybe a belt would change that feel for me? Styling could change this look a lot I think… Feel free to completely disagree with me in the comments on this one – I feel like this could be a super popular design, since it is one of the more unique looks in this release.
8688 – This dress has some nice options, between the sleeve styles and the skirt styles. I don’t know that I need to add it to my collection – I’ve got some knit dress patterns from back when I very first started sewing that are pretty similar – but I like this dress. Looks like it would be great as an outfit base for those fall days when you need to transition between layers and no layers.
8689 – This style of tunic really isn’t anything new, but I do think Simplicity did a nice job of styling and presentation. Another pass for me, but I would be excited to see other sewing bloggers make this one up.
8690 – Mimi G. Style. I’m going to say that this dress looks adorable on Mimi! But, again, this is a case where I know it isn’t something I’d wear myself, so it’s going to be a pass from a personal standpoint. It is super cute though – the proportions of the sleeves are great in relation to the whole dress.
8691 – Sew Chic dress. This is clearly a vintage inspired look. I like it, especially the short sleeved version, but I’m pretty sure I’ve got several vintage re-releases that are quite similar. Another style that I find to be cute, but not special enough to warrant a spot in the stash.
8692 – 1950s Vintage blouse pattern. I do like the shape of these blouses: fitted, but not overly so. I’m not a big fan of zippers on the back of a top, but for views A-C it is pretty unavoidable with such a high neckline.
8693 – This asymmetric top looks like a button front shirt got halfway put on backwards to me. I do like the simpler versions (as a one-shoulder 80s-inspired sweater I’m all about this pattern!), but I’m really not a fan of the view that Simplicity used for the model photo – it just looks ill fitting and sloppy.
8694 – At this point there really is nothing left to say about these loose tops with sleeve details, except, look, another one! This one does have dolman sleeves, so I guess that’s a new-ish variation to this style? Really, though, at this point there are so many, just pick one.
8695 – 1930s Vintage sleeve patterns. Do I want this to use on modern sewing pattern? No. Do I want this for part of my costume/cosplay pattern stash so I can study the drafting on these sleeve variants? You better believe it.
8696 – I prefer my cardigans with less volume and more length, but this does look rather cozy.
8697 – The square boyfriend blazer really isn’t a look that works for me, so I’ll avoid this pattern for myself, but I do like the single and double breasted options here, as well as the collar variants.
8698 – I know it’s a drawstring pant, but it’s a drawstring pant with stripes and pockets and I like it.
8699 – I also rather like this skirt as well. I think I perhaps already have more than enough wrap pencil skirts in my Burda stash, but this one pattern seems to have a lot of variety, even though the pattern tweaks are pretty minimal between views.
8700 – Pattern Hacking. I’ve been thinking I want a more casual jacket for fall, but something about the proportions of this one just aren’t doing it for me.
8701 – Pattern Hacking. Somehow switching out pockets doesn’t seem like much of a “hack,” but what do I know? I do like the silhouette and overall look of these, but, again, very similar to other styles I’ve got in the stash already.
8702 – Mimi G. Style. This tracksuit is pretty cute and very 80s. I’s not be interested in the drop-crotch pants at all, but I do like the jacket, and the slim-legged pants are cute for a fall work-out look.
8703 – This was a pattern that initially I just skipped over (it’s a plain yellow top and leggings), but, actually, those other tops with the stomach gathers are pretty cute! I don’t know if this will make it onto my wishlist, but it is a definite maybe.
8704 – Love these pull over tops! The raglan sleeve and length look great for exercising is colder weather. Plus, lots of cool pockets for exercising with devices.
8705 – This man’s version somehow doesn’t read as exciting as the woman’s pattern, but the sleeve pouch for a phone or iPod is pretty great.
8706 – Baby Gear. Not much to say about baby clothes, but the layers look practical.
8707 – I’ve been toying with the idea of a lace cardigan for a while, and this is exactly what I wanted. Love this! Totally going into my stash until I can locate the perfect lace fabric for this endeavor.
8708 – These girls dress are pretty generic, but also pretty cute for fall.
8709 – Gertrude Made bags. I don’t love the aesthetic of the bags in the photos, but from the line drawing, these are totally bags I would use. I do wish it was drafted for a zip closure, but I suppose that is something one could find a way to add?
8710 – These large travel duffle bags are also not depicted in a color scheme I’d enjoy, but I do love how practical the bags are, plus they fit over the handle of a rolly suitcase! So cleaver. I’d be curious to see how the inside is drafted (pockets???), but I think this might be on my list, since it seems my travel schedule is upping in the next year or so.
8711 – Madalynne. The bra does not look supportive enough for anyone outside of the A/B range, and why would you want to add butt ruffles to your underwear? I mean, really? At least from the standpoint of wearing underwear under clothes in any case. I was going to ponder the butt ruffle as an analog to a tail feather and the implications that could have in mating rituals, but I shall refrain.
8712 – Aprons. Pretty simple, not too exciting, but could be good if you want to make a “mommy and me” sort of look. The aprons loop pretty practical, if not overly embellished – nice pockets and full coverage.
8713 -Hats! These are actually pretty cool, and really practical styles for costuming. Love how much variety comes in a single pattern too.
8714 – Love the historical doll clothes. So cute.
8715 – Ok, I want, nay, NEED this dragon in my life! How stinking cute is this? And, I mean, let’s be real – I need at least three of them. That’s right – NEED.
8716 – These bears are cute, but they aren’t dragons.
8717 – More aprons. I find the other style to be more pragmatic.
8718 – I’m sure the internet will tell me if I’m wrong, but I really feel like this is supposed to be a Rey/Daenerys mash up of costume pieces? Lots of great pieces in here for the cosplayers out there.
8719 – I’m less excited by this… I don’t know what to call it? Generic sexy fantasy style pattern? I feel like all of these pieces have been recombined from pre-existing patterns.
8720 – Good job on picking up that it is the 25th anniversary of Hocus Pocus! I’m not even sure Disney has grasped that yet… I’ve not seen crazy heavy advertising about re-release special editions or anything. In regards to the pattern, I do wish these Sanderson sisters were a bit more detailed in the designs, but, bravo to Simplicity for winning at the cultural relevance game.
8721 – One should never pass by a good cape pattern. The hood shape looks really great, and the cape is nice and full.
8722 – Once again, I’m sure the internet will inform me, but I’m not quite sure which franchise Simplicity is referencing here? There are certainly shows I watch where jumpsuits are “the look” but this pattern is much baggier and less fitted than the styles used in those shows. The tan one is a very Ghostbusters vibe, but I’m not sure if that is the reference I’m supposed to be picking up on here?
8724 – Kids Star Wars/Superhero costumes. Really versatile, and really cute.
8725 – Nice to see Ariel added to the Disney Princess lineup.
8726 – Super generic kids costumes.
8727 – More generic kids costumes.
8728 – Cool way to do a mermaid tail in this pattern.
8729 – Kids capes, because, capes!
5628 – Jiffy pattern re-release. This literally is a piece of fabric folded in half, with two partial seams, and a neck opening. Pass.
9192 – Men’s vintage ties are kinda cool. Not the massively wide one, but the skinny tie or bow tie could be useful.
And that’s it! On the whole my top picks for this release really are in the craft/costume/cosplay realm. Not too much new or exciting in the main release. There is a lot of stuff I found “cute” but not much I felt needed to be added to the collection. What do you all think? See anything that is going to kick-start your fall sewing? Or are we waiting for the bigger releases coming later next month? Feel free to discuss in the comments!