The latest releases from Simplicity patterns are here, and we’ve got some stuff to discuss! Most obviously, Simplicity has completely changed their packaging. While it retains elements of the former Simplicity presentation it also has a more minimalistic, modern, and sleek aesthetic. I think we’ve all noted how Simplicity has been chasing the “indie” look for a while with some of their recent releases, but I think this new packaging really underscores that as well. I’m not sure if I like it, but I do like the addition of the line drawings to the front of the package, so that is nice. Anyway, let’s get to looking at the actual pattern designs:
S9040 – I feel like I should have something to say here, but I’m just not that excited by this dress, to be honest. It has an oddly retro vibe, but it doesn’t quite have the crispness I associate with styles from the 1950s. It’s like it’s trying to be this odd mashup of retro styles and the more modern relaxed aesthetic? I don’t know… something about it just seems… off to me.
S9041 – This dress, however, I really like. I think Simplicity has offered styles with similar necklines, and sleeve options, and the waist tie, yet for some reason I really like the way all of these elements go together here. When I first saw this release I had totally convinced myself I didn’t need this pattern, but, alas, I think I’ve talked myself into it. For some reason all of the elements add up to a style I really, really enjoy.
S9042 – This dress I don’t like quite as much as the previous style, but I do still really like it, and I think it looks amazing on the model. I like the sleeve and hem length options, but I really like the belt tie – I think it looks super elegant.
S9043 – Mimi G Style. I really like these mens trousers too! Of course, Norris looks great in everything, but I think these have some really lovely classic details that make a great pair of trousers.
S9044 – This tunic top has a lot of pintuck detailing. There’s nothing wrong with a good pintucked tunic, but I just don’t really feel like there is anything special about it one. Maybe it’s the model photo as well; the white on blue on this new pale background really just washes out all of the detail and the overall effect is somewhat underwhelming.
S9045 – This simple top is nice, but, well, simple. If I didn’t have as large of a stash as I do, I’d definitely be more intrigued by this top, because it has some interesting neckline treatments, but as is I don’t really feel like I need it in my collection.
S9046 – This is another top pattern that is fine, but not overly exciting. It looks comfortable, but it’s not really unique enough to get overly excited about.
S9047 – This jacket pattern is another pattern that is fine, but somehow not overly exciting. I think this could perhaps be one of those styles that might get made up in some fabulous fabric and catch everyones attention, but its a style I will be passing on.
S9048 – I think this wrap skirt is cute, but I’ve got similar styles from Burda that I prefer to this version.
S9049 – I can see this being a popular pattern, but I’m going to pass on this extra long wrap/apron-ish style. I do think the pocket details are nice, but I don’t need this pattern just for the pocket details.
S9050 – Another pattern where I feel like “Burda did it better.” This is one unfortunate side effect of having a large stash… it takes a lot to impress you!
S9051 – This wardrobe pattern is cute, but, again, both the top and pants feel very similar to styles that I already own.
S9052 – Mimi G Style. I do really like this jacket pattern from Mimi G, and I really appreciate a unisex style that looks super cool on everyone. The removable hood is an awesome detail, and I really like the back shoulder details as well. There are a lot of awesome details hidden in this pattern, and I think I really do want to add this one to the stash.
S9053 – I don’t usually have much commentary on kids clothes, but this is actually kind of cute in a weird way.
S9054 – The line drawings make the shirts in this pattern look a little bit crazy, but photo makes them seem pretty normal. And leggings always seem to be a great options for kids, since it gives them a lot of mobility.
S9055 – I actually really appreciate this for the fashionista kid (that I never was) who is totally rocking blazers in middle school. (Yeah, I’m definitely still not that kid… I’m struggling to rock a blazer for the day job. Or, well, rock anything at my day job come to that. Yeah, I need to get on it.)
S9056 – Yay, a pattern for boys! It’s nice that it has several fit options as well.
S9057 – I’m super not excited about this mommy and me sort of dress pattern. It makes me think of all the things in the 80s that I really hated as a kid…
S9058 – This top pattern falls somewhere between intriguing and just sort of weird? The plain top is kind of dull, and the drapey top is kind of voluminous, but the half and half top just seems sort of discordant? Like, it is definitely the most interesting view, but also seems like you are wearing two half tops? I don’t know. It’s like, I like the idea of it. I just don’t know how much I enjoy it in actual practice?
S9059 – Finally, we have this sweater/cardigan/jacket pattern. I do like the close fit of this, but I think it is another pattern that suffers from have similar styles already on the market. It’s cute, and I think it will look really good on a lot of people, but it is not something that I feel the need to add to my personal stash.
And that’s it! I’m curious to know what you all think – are there any patterns here that you have to add to the stash? Or is it a pretty dull release? What do you think of Simplicity’s new branding? Are you in any way ready to be thinking about “early spring” sewing or are you still scrambling to sew anything for the holidays? Feel free to discuss it all in the comments!