The winter Butterick patterns have finally arrived! It’s a decent mix of party dresses, casual tops, and work appropriate jackets. There’s a bit of something for everyone, so let’s take a look:
B6625 – This is a nice dress for a winter holiday party. The deep pleating gives it some nice structure, and it looks like it would be a great pattern for those heavier formal fabrics like a thick satin or heavy brocade.
B6627 – Patterns by Gertie. This is a pretty basic dress but the fringe is a cute idea. I see so many fringe dresses in skating that I forget it’s not an everyday sort of thing in most fashion circles. It’s cute.
B6623 – Simple flowy dress that will not let the sleeve trend die. It’s pretty, but it’s nothing really new.
B6624 – A fitted sheath with flouncy sleeves. I’m ready for a new trend.
B6621 – Interesting gathers and twist details on this knit dress. I really like View A, but I also realize I have several similar patterns in my stash that I like even better, so I I’m tryin to convince myself I don’t need this in my stash too. It’s cute though.
B6638 – This is a nice wardrobe pattern. I’m enjoying the use of wax print to create a bold look for the model image. The top and skirt are actually really cute, and the jacket is interesting, since it is fitted in the front but loose in the back.
B6637 – I really like the View A top in this pattern; I’m all about asymmetric hems at the moment. The other styles are things that would look good on me, but I don’t know if I need them in the stash. The other tops are the same sleeve trends we’ve been seeing, and the pants are nothing new, but I do like that first shirt.
B6622 – Jumpsuit/dress with fun back detail. I like a lot of these variations, and I think these could easily be spiced up to create a cool holiday party look too.
B6636 – Ok, so I think the styles of this wardrobe pattern are pretty basic, but obviously the more exciting thing here is the model! I think we are all aware that inclusivity is a problem with most major pattern brands, but it’s nice to see that efforts are being made. I also think it’s great to showcase the pattern in this way. Normally I’d ignore it as being fairly unoriginal, but I’ve stopped to consider this pattern more heavily because it has been given different context. Possibly that says more about the state of our culture at the moment than it does anything about the pattern itself, but I did think it was worth noting.
B6626 – Lisette. The Lisette patterns always have nice clean lines and smooth shapes. Simple, but elegant.
B6628 – I’m selfishly happy that draped details are looking to be the next major trend. I’m sure we’ll be sick of it in a few months time, but these sorts of details work well for me, so I’km going to enjoy it.
B6631 – I’m not as excited about this draped top. The proportions just feel a bit off.
B6632 – Fairly basic peasant blouse.
B6629 – I’m more intrigued with this top; the angular hem is an interesting detail, and I like the different collar options.
B6633 – Katherine Tilton. This looks like a really comfortable top. Lots of potential for fun print combinations as well.
B6641 – Lisette. I really like this jacket! It is sleek, but not too fitted, and the collar detail is really nice too.
B6634 – Katherine Tilton. This isn’t my favorite silhouette, but I do like the zippered pocket detail. Very practical, and pretty cool!
B6635 – I like the shape of this tunic top; the shoulder gathers are nice and the shape of the hem length is great as well. The fun print isn’t hurting either!
B6642 – Connie Crawford. This is a nice option for a more tailored, classic coat style, especially if you don’t want a super fitted waist.
B6640 – I’m not that excited by this Lifestyle Wardrobe pattern; the styles seem pretty basic, though I do think the idea of using the long shirt dress as a jacket/cover up is a cool idea!
B6643 – I know most people are pretty critical of the Big4 corset patterns. I’m not enough of an expert to tell you if this is any better/useful/more accurate than any of the other styles, but I think it very much makes sense to add this to the Gertie line since so many of her styles work best with a 50s wasp-waist silhouette.
B6646 – This costume is pretty frilly, but, well, it’s a costume so that’s kinda fun too. I think this could be a good starting point for a lot of cosplays or historical costumes.
B6639 – Because of course we need the Meghan dress! It was only a matter of time. Though, honestly, I do think this is a really pretty gown. It definitely could work well for a non-wedding dress too.
The following See & Sew patterns are basically re-releases of older patterns, so I don’t have much to comment, but I am including them for completion.
And that’s it! On the whole I think there are some nice patterns in this release. Nothing here is really standing out as being something spectacular, but there are lots of practical designs that could work well for a winter/holiday wardrobe. I’m excited to see the trends shifting from sleeve flounces (though there are certainly plenty of those still) towards interesting knotting and draping detail. Hopefully we will see more of this trend moving into the spring styles; I think there are lots of fun ways to utilize this detail. What do you all think? See anything here that really piques your interest? Or is this release a total snoozefest? Feel free to discuss in the comments!