The latest release from Simplicity patterns has been announced! Granted, I’m a bit late with my review, but this week has been totally nuts and I feel like I’m still trying to recover and get everything that I need to do accomplished before heading into the next week. Hopefully you’ll forgive me if I give a fairly brief round up, though with the new direction simplicity is heading I’m not sure exactly how much there is to discuss anyway…
S9097 – I know the Mimi G Style patterns are somewhat polarizing (they tend to either be someone’s style or really really aren’t) but I think we all have to appreciate that their existence is pretty much preventing the recent releases from being totally dull. I can’t say that this is my favorite dress/jumpsuit design of all time, but I do think that the tailored details on the front are very interesting, I like the highlighting of the waist, and I’m always a sucker for a wide leg. Plus, I think that either the dress or the jumpsuit would have been great in a pattern, so it’s pretty awesome we get both in one pattern.
S9098 – This dress/top looks pretty simple, but I also think it looks pretty fabulous on the model. I think the shape of the sleeve creates an interesting proportion, and I’m curious to see how this is constructed. (I mean, are those just topstitched seamlines or is it more like a cape over a dress? So many questions…)
S9099 – Another simple style, but presumably it utilizes bias cut fabrics to get such a lovely drape on the skirt. I think it might be a bit simple for me, but I’d love to see it on others in some really stunning fabrics.
S9100 – Hmmm… since it’s the “roaring 20s” again, does this mean dropped waists are automatically a thing again? When I started my blog I’d have been dead set against this style of dress, but I actually think this is really intriguing. I love the use of the stripe to create a fun chevron on the skirt, and I also really like the dropped waist belt to add contrast.
S9101 – I’d like to say that the waist ties add interest to this otherwise simple dress, but, well, I have to admit I’m sort of bored by this.
S9102 – Wait, I take it back. Compared to this nightgown masquerading as a dress the previous style was positively enthralling.
S9103 – This dress at least has some buttons and optional features to make it a little bit interesting. Kind of. A bit. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just the fabric, but I’m sort of seeing “if scrubs were a dress” going on here. Not that anything is wrong with scrubs (work uniforms are important!), but, well, this dress just sort of makes me feel like I’m at a doctor’s appointment.
S9104 – 1960s vintage loveliness. I love the collar options, and while I’m not personally the fondest of 1960s silhouettes, I can appreciate that there are a lot of people who are, and they should totally make this dress because it’s super cute.
S9105 – 1950s vintage is much more my jam, and I have to admit I really like this reprint. The sleeve options are amazing, and I really like the statement collar too.
S9106 – I want to like this shirt, but I just sort of don’t. I really like the idea of the asymmetric buttons, and I love the fit when a shirt has a center back seam, but this top looks so stiff and awkward on the model. I’d be really curious to see this in a different fabric, but I’d also worry that something softer would loose the nice collar details.
S9107 – My first thought is that this is a pretty standard boxy t-shirt, but I have to admit I do like the way this looks on the model. Not sure how that much gathering on the back would translate in real life, but this could be a nice option if you want a very relaxed shirt pattern.
S9108 – This is another pattern that I want to like, but I’m not sure how I feel about it based on the styling. I feel like the neck drape is maybe just a bit much. I’d be curious to see some real life examples of this pattern though.
S9109 – We’ve seen a lot of circle-ish wrap skirts in the past, so nothing too exciting here. Though bonus point to Simplicity for choosing a really pretty drapey fabric for the sample.
S9110 – Simple elastic waisted culottes and skirts. I will admit that I think the curved pockets are cool, but I’m also 95% sure I’ve got something similar in the Burda stash.
S9111 – I don’t know why but I’m sort of obsessed with the idea of these wrap pants now. Maybe Simplicity has chosen the best angle to photograph, but the model just looks cool. The faux wrap skirt in this pattern is probably more practical but definitely less exciting. Jury is out on the wrap shorts.
S9112 – I feel like this is taking the idea of the previous pattern but just executing it in a less exciting way. Everything in this pattern is so boxy and square in silhouette that I’m having a hard time getting excited about any of the pieces in this pattern.
S9113 – These pants look like they have some interesting pockets! Otherwise I feel like this top is a pretty standard tunic style. It’s fine, but not exciting.
S9114 – The second Mimi G. Style pattern for this release. On the one hand, I know I wouldn’t wear any of these pieces, because it’d look like little house on the prairie was trying to go fashionista and failing miserably. On the other hand I think Mimi G. looks amazing. So, I guess I would say that I like this but I know I’d never wear it. So I’ll just admire from afar…
S9115 – Of all the wardrobe patterns this release this is perhaps the most vanilla.
S9116 – I feel like this would have fit in with the sleeve trends from 2 years ago.
S9117 – I’m just gonna say adorable and leave it at that.
S9118 – I would have totally rocked this when I was 5. I think I was about twice as big as this kid when I was 5 though… (Truly, I know nothing about tiny humans.)
S9119 – The heart opening on the back is a nice detail.
S9120 – Pretty boring.
S9121 – I’m not sure if these are supposed to be PJs or not, but they have pockets, which really should be mandatory for all PJ patterns because they are so darn useful.
S9122 – Dottie Angel. Have to admit I’ve never really been that big a fan of this aesthetic. I figure it’s like Mimi G – either this is your style or it really, really isn’t.
S9123 – First thought: oooh, pretty! Second thought: you have approximately 5000000000000 versions of this pattern already. But it’s still pretty.
S9124 – I feel like this robe pattern looks very similar to something I have in the stash, but I’m also wondering if this is the sort of thing I could get away with wearing in the summer to work… It looks really simple to sew, and I like the idea of embellishing the sleeves or front band to make something really unique.
S9125 – This is where I tell myself I don’t need every jumpsuit pattern ever, but sort of fail to convince myself of this fact because I really like the neckline and bodice options on this basic looking jumpsuit.
S9126 – I think this kid wins the hat game.
S9127 – Family PJs. Fine. Boring, but fine.
S9128 – Men’s/boy’s PJs. Actually this pattern might be worth it for the raglan top if you are looking for a men’s raglan pattern…
S9129 – See S9127 above. Literally cannot understand why they felt the need to include both of these along with S9128 and S9121 all in the same release.
S9130 – Not terribly exciting, but I do like the fabric Simplicity used for the tunic. Also, I think that while none of these designs really stand out, I think they’d all play nice in a larger wardrobe context, so in that sense this could be a really smart pattern to buy at a sale.
S9131 – Add this one to the list of why did we release so many PJ patterns post-holidays heading into spring/summer?
S9132 – Because we didn’t have enough options already.
S9133 – Ok, so I actually think this top pattern is pretty great. A lot of people like to sew woven t-shirts, and this pattern has a bunch of options for necklines, plus some nice subtle shaping which is always exciting to see on a woven t-shirt pattern.
And that’s it! I may have come off as a bit grumpy in this review, but, like, why did I spend so much of my free time this week posting images of PJs? I realize that all of the pattern companies are sort of going through rebranding/reorganization woes at the moment, but that really doesn’t mean you need to introduce 5 new nearly identical PJ patterns in 1 release. Can’t we like tone it down to maybe 1-3? Please?
Otherwise I feel like this release is fine. It’s sort of boring, but its ok. Nothing making me ready to drop my hard earned cash right away, but maybe a few things I’m casually interested in will get picked up at a later date. What do you all think? See anything that makes you want to jump into spring sewing? Or is this release a total snooze fest that gives you nightmares about the direction that the Big4 patterns are headed? Feel free to discuss it all in the comments!