Hot on the heels of this week’s Simplicity release, we have the Early Fall Butterick designs! As with Simplicity, I’m not overly excited with many of these styles, but there are a few gems hidden in the release. Let’s take a look:
B6587 – I like the way Butterick has styled this dress. The shaping looks pretty subtle, but there is enough to prevent it from looking like a total box. I’m going to predict that this will be a popular pattern for them this fall.
B6589 – Lisette. This waist-gathered faux-wrap look isn’t new, but I do like the back princess seams and the godet skirt variations.
B6598 – Lisette. I like the gathered skirt, but I know I’ve got some in the stash that are similar. The tops are ok; those sleeves have a really interesting shape. I don’t know that I like it, but I am intrigued by the shape on the line drawing.
B6585 – This dress looks to have less shaping than the first one, but drapy fabrics hide that. The cape sleeves are sort of clever, but I think I prefer the Vogue variation on this trend that came out earlier this year.
B6586 – On the one hand I think this neckline is nice – not something we usually see. On the other hand, all I can visualize is Tim Gunn looking perturbed and throwing out the word “mumsy.” Perhaps in a different fabric the version with the short skirt and long sleeves is salvageable, but otherwise I’m having bad 90s flashbacks.
B6590 – Patterns by Gertie. I like the Gertie patterns, but I think this one might be a skip from me. The neckline strap is cute, but I worry that I’d feel super exposed with such a large open v-neck on the front. The style is really cute though. I just don’t know if I like it enough to have the patience to modify the fit on this neckline for myself.
B6588 – Nothing remarkable here, but it is a nice dress. Love that it has lots of lines for fit.
B6605 – Connie Crawford. I’m a bit bored with this. Not much detail here, but I cannot reconcile the idea of the one feature being a waist tie on a skirt made in something as fancy as a silk dupioni.
B6591 – Ruffle wings! Fly my pretties! Fly, fly!
B6593 – Boring. And mumsy. Boring and mumsy.
B6592 – Variation 1,354,285,782 of the boxy ruffle sleeve top.
B6595 – I feel like the draped fabric placement is so awkward. I mean, I doesn’t look bad on the model. But the line drawing looks awkward. Like, the ballroom/dance/skate costumer in me doesn’t mind an asymmetric boob ruffle. But the ballroom/dance/skate costumer in me very much cares about the placement of an asymmetric boob ruffle. And this isn’t cutting it.
B6594 – View D: stealth Jedi. To be fair, I do actually like how drapey this pattern is. I don’t know if I’d wear it, but I like it.
B6596 – Kathrine Tilton. I think Katherine Tilton outdid herself in this pattern release. I love this jacket! It skirts the line between casual and more formal quite nicely, and zipper side pockets are great! I could see this made up in fabrics for exercise, or nicer fabrics for a more casual work environment. Super cool.
B6597 – Katherine Tilton. Also love her skirt! I know it’s just a skirt, but it looks like a super flattering skirt, with subtle visual interest. Fantastic.
B6570 – I want to like this jacket, but I just can’t. The ruffles are just so big and the jacket is just so open. It’s like one of those things where the idea has potential but I feel like the execution just isn’t quite right.
B6602 – I like this jacket, but I don’t know if I need to add it to the collection, as I’ve got similar patterns already. The view on the model is fabulous though – simple, but made up in gorgeous fabric.
B6604 – The best! I’m a sucker for coats, and I LOVE this one. Ignore the fact that I’ve already got 2 similar patterns. I like this because it has a nice wrap collar, and the pleats in the bottom of the coat won’t take up as much fabric as a full circle, but still add a nice flare to the silhouette. It is similar to the Gertie coat pattern of yore, but, dare I say, I think I might like this one a bit better.
B6603 – The coat/cape had better variations last fall.
B6599 – Lifestyle Wardrobe. I’m… not a fan. I normally love a wide-legged pant, but this is a bit much. Nothing else really singing out to me here either, and that ruffle top is pure 80s rehash.
B6600 – Lifestyle Wardrobe. This wardrobe, however, I’m much more intrigued by. I don’t really love these pieces together, but I’d totally wear that top with jeans, that jacket to work out, and the pants for a lazy lounge day. Together it reads as sloppy, but I think if you picked this up on a sale you could get quite a bang for your pattern buck.
B6610 – Making History. Love this dress! So pretty, and so summery.
B6608 – Making History. Another great pattern. I’m getting a very Mary Poppins vibe for all those cosplayers out there. (Historical costumers will, of course, have a more educated opinion, I’m sure.)
B6609 – Making History. Love this man’s coat pattern too. But then, I’m a sucker for a man’s coat pattern. Well, all coat patterns really.
B6606 – Cute Retro 60s doll clothes.
B6607 – Ribbons by Offray. I really love how they wove ribbons together to get the patterns for these bags. So pretty! Could be a fun project. Or perhaps a total pain. But in either case the resulting effect is quite nice.
B6560 – Kids dresses. Pretty cute and summery.
B6549 – Baby clothes. Not much to say here.
For the See & Sew Patterns I’ll list the pattern number in case you are interested, but I’ve stopped leaving reviews for these because they are re-releases of patterns from the past, and it felt redundant to have the same opinion I had several years ago:
And that’s it! Not the most exciting fall release, but I’ll definitely be picking up that coat pattern. What do you all think? Did you find any diamonds in the rough? Or are you with Mr. Gunn on this one, just staring perplexed at the mumsy styles, trying to figure out how anyone could make it work? Feel free to discuss in the comments!