The Winter/Holiday patterns from Vogue have been announced, and they look good. There is a wide variety of styles and silhouettes in this release, so I think there will be something for everyone. There’s plenty to see, so let’s take a look:
V1651 – This dress feels a bit like a 60s throwback. I can’t say it’s my favorite design in the release, but I do think that people who tend to like this style of dress will probably appreciate the cut and wide collar detail.
V1652 – I feel like this is very similar to the previous design, except that this feels like it is intended for softer/flowier fabric and the previous style is more about structure. I think the scarf-collar and button shoulder are nice details.
V1653 – This to me feels a bit like Vogue is trying to re-create the magic they had with the V9253 pattern that everyone went wild for a few years back. I still can’t fathom wearing such a plunging neck, especially with winds being what they are in the winter. I do like the raglan sleeves, the collar detail, and the relaxed fit. The various skirt options are also a nice touch.
V1654 – Custom Fit. I think this is the sort of pattern I probably would have bought before my year of Kibbe… I think the red dress is very eye catching and I do like the structure of the bodice. However, now, I realize that while I like this dress, it isn’t something I’d want to wear. Like, at all. I mean, it’s pretty, but there are so many other pretty dress options out there. I think the shorter version is really cute, but, again, not something I need in the stash.
V1655 – Bellville Sassoon. Now this dress provides a bit more of a conundrum. I mean, clearly it is stunning. Do I have several dress patterns that are quite similar? Yes. But do I feel an overwhelming need to get this pattern despite a decided lack of parties to wear it to anyway? Obviously. I love the way the neckline drapes, and the way the gathers add softness and structure in this design.
V1656 – Badgley Mischka. Ok, if I loved the previous design, then this one has left me looking like the slack-jawed drooling emoji… This gown is gorgeous! I love the draping in the back, and the subtle embellishment at the hip; it has an elegant simplicity, but also a surprising amount of intricate detail. I really don’t have anywhere to wear this, but I really need it in my stash anyway.
V1657 – This is a dress pattern I feel like I should be obsessing over, but I actually think it might be a pass for me. The twisty top design isn’t totally new, and something about the wide sleeves throws off the proportion for me. I do think this pattern is great for showcasing shiny/fancy fabrics because it does show off the drape of a fabric, but the entire look (with the sleeves as-is) might be overwhelming on a lot of people.
V1658 – Even though this is similar to be previous pattern I love it so much more! Of course I saw the sequin top and had a bit of a squee moment, but then I realized I could make a plain version and feel like I was dressing as a stylish Jedi at work, and I realized I need this in my life. I love the drape, the asymmetric hem, the shaping in the back… Love it!
V1659 – Claire Schaeffer’s Custom Couture Collection. I’m not sure how i feel about the overall shape of this shirt, but it is a Claire Schaeffer design, and her patterns are renowned for their instructions. There are also a lot of details in this pattern – possibly a bit too much for one top, but also possibly a great pattern to test yourself and learn new skills.
V1660 – Marcy Tilton. I love how this pattern could be an amazing mash up of crazy wild fabrics, but can also look pretty tame, as styled. The buttons on the back hem are a surprising detail to mirror the front collar. I like really like the drape and the way the seams create visually pleasing diagonal lines.
V1661 – Umm, yes. Just yes. Long time blog readers may recall my first attempt at re-creating the Librarian’s costume from The Magician’s, and I think I just found the way to level up my next version. I just want to put on these pants and swoosh around in them. Swoosh!
V1662 – Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina. On the one hand, I really like the look of these cropped trousers. On the other hand, I feel like I’ve already made these with a similar Burda pattern from a few years ago, but I still like them. I’d probably make the Burda pattern again if I wanted a second version (I love the fit of the Burda pattern), but I will admit the front pockets might be slightly cooler in this version.
V1663 – Kathryn Brenne. The top and legging/trousers are pretty unremarkable, but look at the back of that jacket! It is such a cool detail! I’m not sure if the pattern is worth getting just for that, but, it might be…
V1664 – Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina. Ok, so on the one hand I feel like this jumpsuit is pretty basic and there’s not much here to comment on. On the other hand, I think Vogue did a perfect job of styling this to convince me exactly why I need this for every holiday party and/or every regular old fall day in the next few months. Vogue is really into the sparkles with this release and, I must admit, so am I.
V1665 – Tom and Linda Platt. The skirt is a pretty basic pattern, but I am very interested in the princess seam pants and I need that top! I love the drape and I have a think for asymmetric styles, apparently.
V1666 – Guy Laroche. This outfit looks a bit stiff in the photo, but it’s also a bit difficult to pick out the details with the black on black design. It’s a bit of a pass for me, but perhaps I’m missing something….
V1667 – Custom Fit. The giant sleeves are a bit…. much. But I do think they are sort of fun to have a real fashion moment if you want one. Otherwise, the more classic blazer has some really nice seamlines for shaping, and some really sharp details.
V1668 – Koos van den Akker. I feel like this jacket seems sort of basic, but then I also feel like the intense detail of Koos van den Akker patterns is always underestimated until someone blogs about the intricacies of sewing them. This is a pattern I’d really love to see in person to gauge what exactly is going on…
V1669 – Vintage Vogue, circa 1949. Stunning! I love when Vogue brings out a vintage pattern, because there are always so many lovely period-appropriate details, but I especially love this coat! The drape of the back is my favorite part – it looks so pretty on the envelope drawing.
V1670 – Ron Collins. I do like the slim fit of this shirt, but it definitely reads a bit more cowboy/western than I’d typically go for (or, rather, have a need to sew for). It does have some really interesting yoke detail though, so if you are into that slightly western styling it could be an interesting pattern.
And that’s it! Overall I think there are a lot of patterns I have to have, a lot of patterns I am considering that I’d like to have, and a lot of patterns that are a personal pass. However, I think this collection really does have such a range of styles that it could be intriguing to a wide range of tastes. There is also a really great mix of styles for fancy events and everyday, whereas I feel in the past that, especially for Winter/Holiday, Vogue has had a tendency to give us a bunch of party dresses pretty exclusively. I do find it a bit curious though that there is only one pattern from each designer in this release, with the exception of Sandra Betzina. Typically Vogue will give us two per designer, though I can’t say that this new release surprises me that much. It was clear there were changes coming when the designer and regular Vogue patterns started coming in the same envelopes and having the same pattern numbering. Overall I think it could be a good thing though. I’d rather have fewer, better patterns, than more patterns that don’t feel unique or special. But what do you all think? Is this a solid winter collection from Vogue? Or does this leave you less than excited to jump into winter/holiday sewing? Do you think the fewer designer patterns is an issue? Or did you barely notice the shift? What do you think about everything coming in a big envelope? Does it make you feel fancy or are you annoyed with pattern storage? Feel free to discuss it all in the comments!