It’s hard to believe that the Early Spring looks are already here, but McCall’s is hot on Simplicity’s heels with the release of the Early Spring looks. (I’m a bit slow on the Simplicity release – I’ll post on that shortly). On the whole I feel like I’m giving most of this release a pass from me, but I do think there are lots of cute, easy spring looks that, while they may not suit me, could look great on others. Let’s take a look:
M7889 – Dress/top with gathering at the waist. I like this dress, but I don’t think it is something I need in my stash. I like the relaxed style, but it isn’t really unique enough for me to want to acquire it myself.
M7890 – I think the diagonal placket detail is the new hot trend from McCall’s. Personally, I prefer the version from the last release, but I can see why this more relaxed style could be popular for spring. I’m not the hugest fan of this style (I find it a bit nightgown-ish), but I expect that some sewing bloggers will make it up and I will change my mind, as is often the case.
M7891 – Another very loose, relaxed dress. There is a bit more detail here with the shoulder/neck opening variations, but I’ve never really been the biggest fan of these extremely loose dress styles. I’m sure a belt/waist tie (as shown in the floral drawing) would do a lot to add shape, but I don’t think that’s enough to tempt me on this design.
M7892 – I think the styles in this pattern are really cute, but not particularly original. Wrap styles with ruffles have been pretty ubiquitous, though I do think there are some nice options in this pattern. Another pass from me, but only because I have similar styles already in the stash.
M7893 – I really like the asymmetric hem on this wrap dress, and I keep telling myself I could easily make this sort of adjustment on a pre-existing pattern, because I really don’t need another wrap dress in the stash. I do really, really like it though. Very cute.
M7894 – I am… unconvinced on this one. The seam lines are interesting and create a cool potential for color blocking, but I’m not very wowed by the floral depiction on the envelope. The neck-V is quite deep, and the addition of the ruffles are a bit much for me as well. There’s not a whole lot here I’m really excited by with this pattern.
M7895 – I do like this David Tutera pattern though. I think the different bodice styles are quite pretty, and the skirts are definitely full of drama for when you want to make an entrance. Clearly not the most versatile pattern, but it sort of feels like I could play dress up as an 80s Barbie (so much pink!), and, not gonna lie, I’m sort of ok with that.
M7896 – I also really like this Create It! gown. The different bodice styles are really versatile, and the skirts can be more fun or more formal with the change of length. This one is definitely going on my wishlist.
M7897 – The Archive Collection circa 1955. I always love the vintage reprint patterns, though this may not be the most flattering style for me to re-create. I do wish we could see the original artwork; it’s always so fun to see how these styles were presented when the original pattern was published.
M7898 – I feel like this Nicole Miller dress will appeal if you are into the ruffles, but won’t if you aren’t. The ruffles could easily be left off, but then it’s just a basic dress. Too frilly for me, but I do think it’s pretty as an overall design.
M7899 – Relaxed top with sleeve options. I’m getting into wearing relaxed silhouettes more and more, but this style just feels a but too voluminous, even though that is intentional in the styling. It just makes the proportion feel a tad bit off somehow.
M7900 – This top looks pretty similar to that corset style shirt from the last release. I prefer the style from before, but if you want sleeve ruffles, this pattern offers more options for that.
M7901 – I can’t decide if shirring is a cool detail or too cutesy to be of interest. I’m leaning towards cutesy, but I can see how this could be a cool detail to include in a spring top if you like the textured/gathered look.
M7902 – Another blouse with sleeve options. Not much exiting here. Moving on.
M7903 – Because McCall’s can’t let the ruffle trend go.
M7904 – In theory I like the asymmetric hem on this blouse, but I’m unconvinced by the model photo – it looks quite stiff and awkward. Fabric choice would be important, but without a better example I think this might be a pass for me.
M7905 – Ruffly skirt. As with many of the looks this release, you are either going to be into the ruffles or you aren’t, so I highly suspect this skirt will appeal to that subset who are all about the ruffles.
M7906 – This button front skirt is going to be more appealing if you want something that is a touch more streamlined. The shapes are quite sweeping, bold, and oversized, but I have to admit I do like the way this skirt is presented. Personally, I don’t think I need another button front skirt option in my own stash, but I do like the way this style looks on the model.
M7907 – I’m a bit more intrigued by these pants. I think the version on the model actually looks pretty stiff and awful, but I think these trousers could look cute in a different fabrication. Maybe. Perhaps. I’m also more intrigued by the styles McCall’s didn’t choose to showcase on the model, so that could be part of my interest here as well.
M7908 – I think this is the chicest pattern in this whole release. The jumpsuit just looks so sharp! The look is quite clean and tailored, which I really like the look of. It’s also part of the reason why I know this wouldn’t be the best jumpsuit option for me, and why I’m trying to convince myself I don’t need this pattern. But, I do really like it. That model is absolutely killing it!
M7909 – I’m less excited by this jumpsuit pattern. The super deep V-neck just isn’t my favorite style (sometimes it’s just not worth thinking about bra concealment that hard), and the ruffles aren’t really selling me on this design either. I expect to see some sewing/fashion bloggers rocking this look come spring, but I think I have other jumpsuit styles in the stash that I like more than this one.
M7910 – I am, however, a bit more interested in this Create It! jumpsuit design. The V-neck is insanely open. (Seriously, tape had better be part of the required materials to keep that thing on), but I do like the other bodice options. I also like the different leg styles as well. I feel like this could be a very versatile pattern, with a bodice and trouser option to suit nearly any need.
M7911 – This Nicole Miller look has a LOT of volume. I’m oddly fascinated by the extra-wide trouser, and I’m not finding the ruffle on the blouse to be too offensive, though I think the whole outfit could be a bit much, worn together as is. I may have costuming purposes for those pants though, so this pattern might find its way into my stash regardless, but I’m having a hard time deciding if I can envision this as anything other than a cosplay starting point.
M7912 – I really like this relaxed cardigan style sweater. I would absolutely wear this to death. I love the length options, and the dropped shoulder, and the waist tie. So awesome! It looks cozy and comfortable.
M7913 – I’m less excited by this boxy unisex design. I feel like if I wanted a loose-fitting overshirt, Burda could provide me with better options, and if I wanted a nice man’s shirt I could find a better fit elsewhere too. Honestly, giant stiff boxes really aren’t doing it for anyone. Well, anyone except James Corden anyway…
M7887 – Kids clothes. Cute? Ruffly? Back buttons might make it easy to put on a kid? Though I somehow suspect said kid might prefer a t-shirt instead? Difficult to say.
M7888 – For the child fashionista.
M7914 – I actually think this clutch style purse pattern could be fun to use for gifts or possibly in a metallic leather look fabric (without the embellishment) for a fun evening style. It would look really chic with one of those jumpsuit styles!
M7915 – Angela Clayton. I’m a sucker for costume patterns, and anything looking like period accurate undergarments are always a super cool release. I love the elongated corset – this would work so well under period or period inspired designs.
M7916 – And the Outlander love continues from McCall’s/ I love this style! Getting this pattern, no question.
And that’s it! Overall I feel like I’ve talked myself out of a lot of patterns from this release because I really don’t need them in the stash, but there are a few that I might consider adding at the next sale. What do you all think? Does this release jump-start your desire to start spring sewing? Or is this release full of a lot of dull, frilly looks? Feel free to discuss in the comments!