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…
- Merriam Style’s YouTube channel continues to provide interesting Kibbe related content, including:
- This site has a lot of great celebrity templates that you can use to see if you “visually fit” with a Kibbe type. I’ve included some with myself inserted below…
- The #sewyourkibbe has even more posts on Instagram!
- Natural: Sew Ruthie finished her SWAP!
- Soft Natural: Sewing is My Happy Place made a fun sweatshirt and another fun sweatshirt! She also made the cool slanty Burda sweater too!
- Dramatic Classic: Anna-Jo Sews made a really awesome casual jacket!
- Classic: Bobbins, Bike, and Blades sewed some trousers and some more nice trousers.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!