Yesterday we talked about the new patterns from McCall’s, soon I will have up the April post for BurdaStyle, but today we are going to take a look at the spring release from Butterick! Interestingly, I feel like Butterick is seeing the least changes in the Big4/1 merger/ownership change that has been unsettling everything the past few months. In some ways I think this might be good. I felt like Butterick always knew its audience – slightly more sophisticated fashions that weren’t as runway-ready as Vogue, but were more polished than McCall’s. Sometimes (often) this led to boring releases, but I actually think this is working to Butterick’s benefit now, as it doesn’t seem to have lost it’s way. Of course, I say this like all the money doesn’t just go back to the same parent company, but whatever. Anyway, I think that this is easily the most exciting release we’ve had for the spring and I’m really excited to jump in and take a look!
B6722 – After wading through all of the McCall’s looks, I’m already a bit over the ruffle trend, but I also have to say out of all the ruffle looks, this is probably the one I’d most likely wear. I like that the bodice is quite simple, and that all the detail is kept to the skirt. I also think it could be interesting to do a different fabric for the bodice and the skirt to make it look like a top/bottom combo and not as much of a dress. Lots of possibilities here. I’m a bit surprised myself, but I really like this pattern.
B6723 – This might be one of the less exciting options in this release, and it’s still fine. I don’t think this dress is overly exciting, but I am appreciating the 70s-ish vibes I’m getting from the models. It looks like it could be a pretty simple make and comfortable to wear so that’s nice. Also, we are getting a bit of the puffed sleeve trend, so if you are into that style, this could be a good option.
B6724 – I AM OBSESSED! OBSESSED! I love the striped teal dress, but I really like the color blocked version too! I need this in my life! The use of asymmetry, line, and drape is amazing. Plus it’s a knit! I need this in my stash ASAP!
B6725 – This pattern is another one that seems very similar to styles we have seen before, but it is still pretty cute. I like the neckline detail a lot, and I think that the pocket details are nice as well. It’s a pretty versatile piece – you could style this for work or for date depending on accessories.
B6726 – I’m really digging the vintage vibes here. I think the collar is a really sharp detail (Get it? Sharp!), and I love the two skirt options. It wouldn’t be on the top of my to-sew list, but I do think that it is really cute.
B6727 – This dress is a bit more my style. I love the diagonal buttons and the skirt length options. I think this is a great pattern to use with a print – it has just enough visual interest on its own, but I think the model version of view B is stunning.
B6728 – I’m less excited by this dress – I’ve got a lot of similar styles already in the stash. I think it’s nice, and I could definitely see some of the trendier fashion bloggers rocking the shorter version, but it’s not a pattern I need to add to the stash.
B6729 – This is a pattern I really like but I’m not exactly sure why. I think the style isn’t particularly innovative, but I love the use of the contrast pipping detail on the black and white dress. It just looks so sleek! I think I really like the waist band on this dress – the touch of added waist emphasis is really nice without needing a super cinched waist style.
B6730 – I know I’ve got similar draped styles in the stash, but I think this top looks really nice. It seems to be drafted for drapey wovens as well, which is really unique.
B6731 – I really like this top too! I think the short flutter sleeves are really cute, and I love the proportions with the waist tie. I’m not sure how I feel about the short puffy sleeves, but I like the 3/4 length quite a bit. This one is also totally joining the stash.
B6732 – I don’t think I need to buy this pattern, but I do like the way the print version looks on the model. I think the neckline is really interesting, and I like the sleeve options here as well.
B6733 – Possibly the least exciting top in the release. The puffed sleeves just have a bit too much volume, and the proportions seem slightly off.
B6734 – Connie Crawford. I think this top has some really interesting proportions and I really like the color blocking here. I think the fabrics are a bit stiffer than what I would have chosen to make it out of, but I do very much like the line drawing.
B6735 – Katherine Tilton. Love this top too! I’m totally getting this one. I think it looks like it could be great for scrap busting if you make a color blocked version, and I think it could be super fun to play with using sheer fabrics for the sleeves as well. It also looks super relaxed and comfortable.
B6736 – We’ve seen a lot of ruffle skirts over the past few days, and this is perhaps one case where maybe McCall’s comes out ahead. I do like the fact that these ruffles are on an angle though – but I think maybe it is not quite enough. It looks more lopsided than deliberate here. Though changing the angle probably wouldn’t be the most difficult thing, so I guess I’ll give them point for the attempt?
B6737 – I don’t think this sort of button down skirt is really anything new, but I still think this style looks really great. I know I’ve got similar Burda options in the stash already so I won’t be picking this one up, but I do really like it.
B6738 – Butterick is killing it with their wardrobe pattern in this release! I love this! I would totally make and wear everything in here. I’d buy it for the dress alone, but the jacket is super cute too! Plus these are some really nice classic looking trousers that have a side zip, which is much easier to sew if you don’t have a lot of pants-making experience. This is a total winner in my book.
B6739 – I’m not sure if I’d be as likely to wear this wardrobe pattern, but it gets all the points for being super interesting. I love the cut of the jacket, and the color blocking going on here. It looks super professional but also super fun.
B6740 – Another great wardrobe pattern! I think the long coat is stunning, and I really love the back waist detail. The shorter jacket isn’t as interesting, but it is very straightforward, and the top and pants are really sleek and would make great background pieces for this outfit.
B6741 – Hats! I’m really digging the Audrey Hepburn vibes I’m getting from the lower right corner, so I’m going to say this pattern is a win too.
And that’s it! Overall I think this release is much more interesting than the collection we just saw from McCall’s. I do think these two lines are now being targeted at very different audiences – McCall’s seems to be trying to entice the indie loving sewing crowd who wants simple, more casual pieces, and Butterick seems aimed towards a more mature crowd with more professional wardrobe needs. Maybe my preference towards Butterick is because I’ve transitioned into that more mature sphere? Or maybe it really just is more interesting? What do you all think? Which spring collection is really doing it for you? Feel free to discuss it all in the comments!