The latest release from Butterick Patterns is here! There are lots of designs that feel like they would have a place in a casual or less-formal work appropriate wardrobe, but nothing really stunning as fas as design and details go. I’m not sure that there are many of these designs I’ll be wanting to add to my pattern stash, but there is plenty to look at, so let’s get started.
B6670 – Lifestyle Wardrobe. The dress/overcoat has some interesting design lines, but the rest of the pieces are pretty basic. Definitely a good value if you like the designs of more than one garment in the pattern though.
B6655 – Another pretty simple dress with darts. The button detail adds a hint of interest; the asymmetry actually looks more intentional and interesting on the model than it does in the drawings.
B6657 – I think this dress is cute, but nothing that hasn’t been seen before. The sleeve trend is definitely being toned down, and I actually respond much more positively in this more mild aesthetic; it gives a slight vintage vibe which is nice. I also like the length and neckline options on this pattern.
B6658 – The wrap dress is nice, but I actually really love this style as a jumpsuit. The longer dress looks a bit much in the wild print with the sleeve ruffles, but I sort of love it’s unabashed over-the-top-ness in a weird way.
B6653 – This dress looks really simple to make, but also really comfortable to wear. It could be a great way to use one of those large scale or border prints. Plus, if you aren’t a fan of these sorts of tent dresses, it could be a nice piece to accessorize with a belt for some waist definition.
B6656 – I appreciate this dress for having some interesting details, but also have to admit it’s really not something I would make or wear myself. I do love the bold print they’ve used to showcase view C though – very cute.
B6660 – Connie Crawford. Is this a reprint? I feel like I’ve seen this pattern before… Either way this is a great dress is you’ve got lots of fitting alterations, because there are so many seam lines you can adjust to create a really perfect fit!
B6654 – This Fast & Easy dress also looks very much like other patterns on the market, but is does have the “Mommy and Me” dual size range going on.
B6661 – Lisette. I actually think this is really cute! The back straps are a really fun feature, and I love the paneling on the front that allows for chevron effect. The bodice/skirt action actually means this could be a great option for frankenpatterning a jumpsuit, not that I’m planning to do that or anything… 😉
B6672 – Making History. This vintage style has a really nice neckline detail. I also really love that it includes the headpiece as well!
B6669 – Another Lifestyle Wardrobe pattern. This one has a less structured feel when compared to the first pattern in the release. I like the softness of the jacket – it looks really great on the model. The tank top/maxi dress are also growing on me; I’m not the biggest fan of the ruffles on all the skirts, but on the whole I think there are some good things here.
B6652 – This looks like a pretty straightforward elastic waist jumpsuit/dress pattern. Not really better than some of the options I already have in the stash, but still cute for a casual spring/summer wardrobe.
B6667 – Katherine Tilton. So much of the detail from the line drawing is lost in the garment photos. The construction is probably really interesting; I’d be curious to see some variations posted to the internet.
B6668 – Katherine Tilton. It seems as though wide legged pants are going to be the “in” style soon (no complaints from me on that one), but it’s nice to see that there are still some narrow styles being released. The side zip should make these easier to sew, and the elastic back waist should make them easier to fit.
B6665 – I feel like Butterick has released a lot of blouse patterns to which I mostly feel pretty meh. The oversized sleeve thing is still a thing, and I honestly feel like it makes this top a bit overwhelming in the stiffer shirting fabric. The sleeves are, in theory, kind of cool, but just don’t really do it for me in the execution.
B6664 – ALL THE RUFFLES. Yeah. If you like ruffles, this one is for you and if you don’t, it’s gonna be a pass.
B6663 – The antithesis of the ruffle design from above. The ruffles sleeves sort of feel like an afterthought, but Butterick again makes a bold statement with the chevron effects they are playing with in this release.
B6662 – This is a nice, simple t-shirt with some cute details.
B6666 – I feel like this tunic would be a total pass (it’s very much like other tunic patterns on the market), but Butterick gets a nod for the stylish model photo. The bold black and white lace top makes a nice visual statement.
B6671 – So we can all be prepared for the Derby this year. And/or live out a My Fair Lady fantasy at the Royal Ascot. And/or live out a Pretty Woman fantasy at a polo match. Regardless, we all need to make this hat and wear this somewhere with horses.
And that’s it! On the whole there really aren’t that many patterns I’m personally excited by. It feels like a very “meh” sort of release. I do like the Lisette pattern, and the wrap dress/jumpsuit, but that’s about it for me. What do you all think? Is this the spring/summer wardrobe boost you’ve been looking for? Or is this a total snoozefest that’s going to send us back to winter hibernation? Feel free to discuss in the comments!