Sew Your Kibbe Challenge – April Round Up

April hasn’t been a really great month for me as far as Kibbe sewing/challenge things go. It’s been a really busy month with lots of travel and event planning, and work, and sewing costumes for others. I’ve nearly finished sewing commissioned projects and I really hope this means a return to selfish sewing next month, because I’d really love to get a few things sewn before summer really kicks off. In the meantime, this post will look at all of the other Kibbe related happenings I’ve found on the internet…

Here’s what’s been going on around the sewing blogosphere…

If I’ve missed your posts or you would like to be included in my future Kibbe round up posts, please feel free to leave a link in the comments!

I’ve also been playing around with some pre-made Kibbe type templates just for fun. At this point I’m really happy exploring the Soft Natural Kibbe recommendations, but it’s still sort of fun to play with ID typing:

Testing Kibbe Soft Natural Faces
Testing Kibbe Soft Classic Faces
Testing Kibbe Romantic Faces

Just looking at the other options on the site made it very clear that I wouldn’t really fit into any of the other categories, and I thought it would be really interesting to do a side by side comparison of these three groups. I think my features are a bit extreme in comparison to the Soft Classic category (interesting because that is where I thought I belonged initially), and perhaps just a tad too strong for the Romantic category. Though only looking at the face I feel as though Soft Natural or Romantic could have been viable options; it’s really when I look at other aspects of Kibbe’s system that Soft Natural comes out ahead. This little exercise hasn’t really changed my personal feelings on where I fit into the system, but it does highlight that I really am on the softer side of Soft Natural, which means I can really play up the Romantic elements of the Soft Natural looks if I want to go a bit more glamorous.

And, finally, just like the past few months, I thought I’d present my top picks of new patterns for each Kibbe type from this month’s releases. Here are my picks for April:


Simplicity 8912, Simplicity 8908, and BurdaStyle Magazine 05/2019 #108. All of these dresses have long vertical lines and very sleek silhouettes that are great for a Dramatic type. These styles also range from casual to business to a bit more formal, so you’d be set for all your summer events!

Soft Dramatic

Burda Easy Summer 2019 #4C, Simplicity 8925, and McCall’s 7925. All of these styles have a long Dramatic silhouette, but with a bit of added volume that works so well for a Soft Dramatic. Depending on fabric choice and styling I think these could look really fantastic dressed up or dressed down for a lot of fun summer events.

Flamboyant Natural

Burda Easy Summer 2019 #3C, Simplicity 8909, and BurdaStyle Magazine 05/2019 #103. Unconstructed, oversized, and elongated shapes are great for Flamboyant Naturals. All of these styles would be great to kick off summer sewing.


Burda Easy Summer 2019 #2B, Simplicity 8924, BurdaStyle Magazine 05/2019 #104. All of these styles have a relaxed, unconstructed lines that work well for Naturals. The Simplicity pattern especially would be a big bang for the buck because all of the pieces would be great to mix and match in a Natural wardrobe.

Soft Natural

Burda Easy Summer 2019 #1C, McCall’s 7922, McCall’s 7933. The draped top, twist detail, and soft ruching on the skirt are all design features that Kibbe recommends for Soft Naturals.

Dramatic Classic

Burda Easy Summer 2019 #4A, Simplicity 8927, BurdaStyle Magazine 05/2019 #122. All of these styles have classic lines with a hint of sharpness, which is perfect for Dramatic Classics. The styles could be very casual or very formal depending on styling and fabrication, which makes these styles pretty versatile.


Simplicity 8929, McCall’s 7920, and BurdaStyle 05/2019 #102B. These styles all have that balanced, restrained style that works so well for Kibbe Classics. It can be hard for Classics to find more casual styles, but I think the McCall’s dress is a great summer casual look.

Soft Classic

Simplicity 8919, Simplicity 8916, and BurdaStyle Magazine 05/2019 #106. All of these style have the underpinnings of a Classic style, but with just a hint of added softness that works well for Soft Classics. The top pattern is an especially good pattern because it will work well for a lot of Soft Classic casual looks.

Flamboyant Gamine

Burda Easy Summer 2019 #5B, BurdaStyle Magazine 05/2019 #112A, and McCall’s 7934. All of these styles have the sort of shapes that work well in the mix-n-match Flamboyant Gamine style that looks so great with separates like these.


Burda Easy Summer 2019 #3B, BurdaStyle Magazine 05/2019 #115, and BurdaStyle Magazine 05/2019 #110. All of these styles have the closer fit that works well for Gamines, but also have a relaxed feel that would be great for a more casual summer look.

Soft Gamine

Simplicity 8918, McCall’s 7937, and BurdaStyle Magazine 05/2019 #113A. All of these styles have the fit at the cuffs, waist, and neckline that is important for a Soft Gamine, but also has a fun, playful, and soft quality that works well for Gamine types in general. All of these looks would be great as part of a summer wardrobe.

Theatrical Romantic

Burda Easy Summer 2019 #4B, Simplicity 8915, and McCall’s 7928. These styles will go from a casual summer look to a fancy summer evening event. All of these style have the figure emphasis that works so well for Theatrical Romantics, but also feel appropriate for a range of occasions.


Burda Easy Summer 2019 #6A, Simplicity 8923, and BurdaStyle Magazine 05/2019 #123. The tank top is a great option for a casual Romantic look – the ruffle adds just a hint of ornate detail without being too over the top. The skirt has a lot of added flow and softness from the godets, and the vintage reprint Burda dress has lots of nice details as well. All of these would be great for a Romantic summer wardrobe.

And that’s it! If you’ve found any other great Kibbe related content to share or have any updates on your own Sew Your Kibbe challenges please feel free to drop a line in the comments!

9 thoughts on “Sew Your Kibbe Challenge – April Round Up

  1. I can relate! For me April was mostly about how life happens in spite of all our careful planning. I had been making slow but steady progress on my wardrobe of Level 1-ish Classic separates for my casual work at home lifestyle when I unexpectedly got a job in a very formal office. Suddenly I was desperately wishing I hadn’t gotten rid of all those Level 2 suits I had for years, and speed sewing a few conservative blouses that would pass in a sector that doesn’t recognize business casual. I actually bought a pair of navy pants because I just didn’t have time to sew a nice pair. I guess the only thing I can learn from this is that there’s no way to be prepared for *everything* unless I reject minimalism and go back to the days of closets overstuffed with just-in-case clothes.

    I too hope to get a bit of free time in May. Even if I don’t sew anything, I would love to catch up with all your pattern reviews and see what else is going on in the sewing community.

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    1. Life is unpredictable! It’s hard to plan for everything, and just in case clothes don’t make a lot of sense… it’s probably better to do what you’ve done; sew up as much “need it now” stuff as possible and buy the rest. It is, if not “minimal” at least not wasteful because you are getting and using things you need.


  2. This is great information! Love having the new pattern releases analyzed by Kibbe type. I’m pretty sure that I fall in the Flamboyant Natural category, and recently made these items that work for me: and last year made these tunics that fit the Flamboyant Natural, I think:

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    1. I am not sure about the 100% validity of these images… I disagree with a few of the choices the creator of the template made as far as modern celebrities go, but I thought it would be fun to have something with some modern examples, even if not entirely perfect.

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      1. Yeah there’s some who confuse me too. And that’s what makes Kibbe so hard to figure out, when people have different ideas about where to type people.

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