Like April, May has been a total bust as far as personal sewing goes. I did somewhat anticipate this at the beginning of the challenge – I didn’t really expect to have a lot of personal sewing time until the end of summer, and this is turning out about the way I predicted. I am happy to report, however, that a majority of my commissioned projects are finished (yay!) which means my sewing time can return to focusing on me and my Sew Your Kibbe goals in the next few weeks. I’ve got a few mending projects outstanding, one embroidery/crafty commission, and a pair of pants that just needs a fitting. Then, the selfish sewing shall commence! I’ve been thinking quite a bit about my forever UFO, which I started back in 2016, and I really want to get back to working on that to see if I can finish it and get it off of the dressform and into the closet. Despite not being part of my original Kibbe plans, it might be my first selfish sewing project after I finish the last of my commissions.
In the meantime, here’s what’s been going on around the sewing blogosphere…
- Merriam Style’s YouTube channel continues to provide interesting Kibbe related content, though this month has focused more on color typing. However, she did post a fun guess the body type video.
- Also found some new Kibbe YouTubers. Watch Me Glow Up seems to be a Kibbe/Style Typing Focused Channel, and has already done videos on Confusions in Kibbe Typing, How to Create Optical Illusions with Clothing for those with atypical proportions among the Kibbe Types, how to Adjust Kibbe’s Makeup Recommendations, and “Essences” which she expands on in her video about Olga Brylinska’s Ethereal System that can strongly impact the perception of the Kibbe types. It looks like she is also starting a longer series looking at each etherial in depth, starting with the French etherial. This discussion has turned me on to Olga’s website, and I’ve been studying how that system corresponds to Kibbe’s. Hopefully I’ll have the time to write a post about how that system (and possible some other style systems) correspond to Kibbe. Watch Me Glow Up is a new blog/channel and doesn’t have quite the production quality of some of the more established YouTubers, but she does use both male and female examples, and the content is certainly interesting!
- Elyssa seems to be making a more general fashion/lifestyle channel, but her second video is about shopping for Kibbe recommended clothes at Target, which could be a helpful way to check out the latest trends in a non-sewing-pattern way.
- The #sewyourkibbe has even more posts on Instagram!
- Flamboyant Natural: Ann at Sew Baby News continues to make inspiring Flamboyant Natural looks!
- Natural: Sew Ruthie is looking awesome in her SWAP Stained Glass inspired collection and has started a SWAKOP Collection too, which is progressing quite nicely!
- Soft Natural: Sewing is My Happy Place shows a great way to use fabric you love even if it doesn’t match your Kibbe recommendations with her cute summer PJs!
- Dramatic Classic: Anna-Jo Sews made some awesome pull on Jalie jeans for summer!
- Classic: Over at Bobbins, Bikes, and Blades, the perfect casual Classic cardigan is seeing some progress!
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!
And, as always, here are my top picks for the new pattern releases for each Kibbe type. We had a lot of new pattern releases this month, but I’ve done my best to go with a Top3 for each for the month of May:
McCall’s 7944, New Look 6627, and Jalie 3906 (Tania). While the Jalie pattern might not be the best option for summer, it was too good to pass up. It has some great dramatic lines, while still feeling casual, yet not too casual. It could be a really great option for a fall Dramatic jacket. The McCall’s and New Look options offer some more casual looks, both of which utilize the button trend that is wildly popular this summer.
McCall’s 7957, BurdaStyle 06/2019 #124B, and Butterick 6680. Lots of bold, sweeping drapes in these styles. These could all factor into a summer Soft Dramatic wardrobe.
McCall’s 7945, New Look 6625, and BurdaStyle 06/2019 #103B. There are lots of great options for Flamboyant Naturals this month; these are only a few of the more obvious unconstructed styles that work well for this Kibbe type.
McCall’s 7953, Butterick 6677, and New Look 6618. There is definitely a continuation of the unconstructed lines here, but not quite as strong as for the Flamboyant Natural. These styles really could easily work for any of the Natural subtypes as well as the main type.
BurdaStyle Magazine 06/2019 #117, Butterick 6675, and BurdaStyle Magazine 06/2019 #105 (top). These all have some waist definition, but also an unconstructed Natural vibe. I think the Butterick pattern would be a great option for a more casual summer wedding or graduation, whereas the jacket could be part of a more casual summer wardrobe.
McCall’s 7949, Jalie 3900 (Charlotte), and BurdaStyle Magazine 06/2019 #128. There are lots of summer dresses in these releases, but this McCall’s pattern really allows for use of dramatic elements with the fabrication, while still having a Classic silhouette. It would definitely be very casual for a Dramatic Classic, but I feel like casual Dramatic Classics looks can sometimes be hard to find. The Charlotte has some nice sharpness to the lines, but is still soft enough to be suitable for a Classic. Meanwhile, the Burda dress is a bit more elevated look, but is a great Plus option for a Dramatic Classic who needs something a bit fancier.
New Look 6623, Butterick 6690, and McCall’s 7950. All of these have really minimal Classic lines, but with just enough detail to make them all feel special in a Classic wardrobe.
McCall’s 7951, Butterick 6684, and Butterick 6674. The Soft Classic silhouette is really evident with these styles, as is the subtle soft detailing that adds the touch of yin a Soft Classic needs.
New Look 6619, BurdaStyle Magazine 06/2019 #108B, and New Look 6622. These styles all have the higher necklines and cropped cuts that a Gamine needs. The New Look dress is great because it can easily be used with color blocking to get that Gamine effect.
McCall’s 7947, BurdaStyle Magazine 06/2019 #101B, and BurdaStyle Magazine 06/2019 #108A. A bit more of a mix of yin and yang elements here to get the Gamine styles. The jacket from Burda is so good I had to use it for both Flamboyant and regular Gamine options!
McCall’s 7946, McCall’s 7956, and Butterick 6676. There are a lot of Soft Gamine looks in this month’s releases! These are only some of my top picks, but I think Soft Gamines who go back and look at all of the May pattern releases will find a lot that they could happily add to their pattern stash.
New Look 6615, BurdaStyle 06/2019 #102 (skirt), and McCall’s 7952. I tried to find a mix of formal and casual looks, and I think this is a nice mix. The McCall’s dress would clearly be a Level 1 (casual) on a Theatrical Romantic (possibly for a day at the beach?), whereas the New Look dress is definitely worthy of being a Level 3 (formal) style. The pencil skirt is a nice medium option, that could work for any outfit depending on fabrication and styling.
Butterick 6682, McCall’s 7958, and McCall’s 7954. Obviously 50’s Retro reprints are going to be fantastic for the Romantic types. The crop top and dress options also work well with Kibbe’s recommendations for Romantic styles.
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!