So I don’t know what sort of events any of us will be going to this summer that would call for such lavish patterns as Vogue is providing, but then, maybe instead of sewing something entirely practical, this is the perfect time to sew something frivolous because you need a mood boost, you want to learn a new skill, or you just feel like it. I think there is a lot of eye candy in the new summer Vogue patterns, so at the very least we can all find some fun inspiration!
V1691 – Tom and Linda Platt. This sort of loose dress is not a style that I’m normally drawn to, but i have to say I really love the way it is cut here with the stripes. I think this looks like one of those really easy to wear dresses that’s great when it’s just too hot over the summer and you don’t feel like putting on pants.
V1692 – Júlio César. I love this! It is so sleek and elegant; the cutout at the front, the leg slit, and the super geometric racerback are all fabulous design features. I also love the pop of red lining too!
V1693 – Badgley Mischka. Despite sort of being over the whole ruffle thing because of the onslaught of ruffles in this year’s McCall’s releases, I have to say I actually sort of like this dress. I don’t think I need to make or wear it per se, but as far as frothy ruffled looks go, this one isn’t too bad! I do like the shaping on the sleeves and the front collar lacing, although it might be a bit low/open for my personal comfort level.
V1694 – Marcy Tilton. I think this is a really interesting style, and I really like the shapes from the color blocking here. Also, super cool sneaky pockets!
V1695 – Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina. This is another dress style that I wouldn’t wear myself, but I actually think looks really cute. I’m really not a “big bow” person (my inner 80s child is still traumatized by the prevalence of butt bows in that era), but I actually really like the use of it as a collar decoration on the burgundy version – it looks very luxurious. I’m not sure I appreciate the version with sleeves as much because I think the sleeve volume takes away from the bow feature somewhat.
V1696 – Vintage Vogue circa 1954. I always enjoy seeing the vintage reprints, and I think this could be a very popular pattern. I think the ribbons around the neckline to create the gathered effect of the collar is a really cool design feature, plus we get the very 50’s silhouette, which is always fun.
V1697 – I LOVE this dress! LOVE IT. The back is divine! The slim straps and the low back drape is everything. Plus, the bias cut is stunning, but also allows for a fun use of stripes as shown on the model above. This design is absolutely gorgeous.
V1698 – I’m a bit less excited by this dress pattern. It’s not the most exciting/innovative shirt dress style we’ve had, and the styling really isn’t convincing me to get too excited. Now, I could imagine some interesting uses of a border print fabric with the seam lines here, but I think there are more exciting styles in this release, so I’m going to move on.
V1699 – Pretty! Again, I don’t think this is necessarily the most innovative style, but I do think it is a nice option for your basic pretty empire waist dress.
V1700 – On the one hand I have to admit that this is a LOT of sleeve, but on the other hand I sort of have to applaud absolutely going for it with this pattern. It’s like that point of being so outlandish you sort of have to love its boldness. I think the short sleeved version is also nice; it’s a very practical version of this top pattern. I do think the neck has a deeper V than I’d personally want to wear, but I do think the waistband/peplum style is kind of cute.
V1701 – This top is another one that is making use of exaggerated shapes to really create “a look.” I think the white version looks a little stiff, but the print version has a nice drape to it, yet the collar still seems to be retaining its shape quite well.
V1702 – Claire Schaeffer’s Custom Couture Collection. Ummm, can you say love? I adore this! It’s like an inverted skort for adults! The drape and flow is just stunning.
V1703 – This skirt is also quite nice. I think it is in some ways very similar to the Burda pattern that was released recently, but I like the way the angled seaming has been used to play with the stripes here. It’s definitely a very cool looking skirt design, and I really like that it comes is both lengths!
V1704 – Rachel Comey. This is another pattern that I know I wouldn’t really wear (those sleeves are a lot!) but I actually sort of adore. I think the proportions work really welly here, and I think that even if the top is more of a statement piece that might go out of fashion in a few years, the trousers will definitely be wardrobe workhorses and have some great classic details.
V1705 – Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina. This might be a less innovative pattern, but I actually think this has some great basic items with interesting details. The gathers on the sleeve seams of the shirts add just a bit of interest, and I think the two-layered skirt is also a fun take on what would otherwise be a pretty standard style.
V1706 – I like this top and I like the pants, but I don’t know if I love them together? I’m totally a sucker for cowl necks and asymmetric drapes, and I love me a good wide-legged trouser, but I think there is just a lot of all over volume here. Still think it’s an interesting pattern, even if I would probably style these pieces totally differently in real life.
V1707 – Ok, so I think this is cute, but I also think there were a lot of similar patterns released last year (from Burda mostly) that make this a little less novel. I appreciate the tailored look with shorts though; it’s a really interesting juxtaposition of casual and formal styles. I do think the most outstanding piece from this pattern is the dress though; it looks really sharp and has lots of subtle details that are really great ( like the small collar, pocket flaps, and button placement).
V1708 – This jumpsuit has already been getting all the love on the social medias, but I will also exclaim over its cuteness. I think the modes look amazing. I just don’t know that I could pull off such casual chicness with a top that essentially ties on? I do really appreciate this… I’d just need to figure out the best way to hoist my bosom into place in such a style. Super cute though.
V1709 – Guy Laroche. I’ve always been partial to the Guy Laroche patterns from Vogue – there’s just something about his style that I really respond to. Anyway, I really like the simplicity of this coat pattern. It’s super sleek and elegant, and a total antithesis to the froth of ruffles that we’ve been getting recently. It is at once classic and modern and I think it’s a great option for the Vogue line.
V1710 – Rachel Comey. And we are back to the ruffles! Though I have to say that while I think the ruffle elbow patches are a bit crazy, I do think that the concept of mixing the large ruffles with the super tailored blazer is kind of fantastic. I really like the welt pocket detail; for some reason that just totally makes this design for me to as point where I can say I just “get it.” Still not something I see myself wearing, but definitely an interesting option.
And there we have it! Summer patterns are starting their roll out, and I have to say that I actually found this release very exciting. I don’t know that I would buy or wear a lot of these patterns, but I still felt really excited to review them, and really inspired to go back to my stash and think about sewing some things for summer. I know a few of these styles will make it onto my wishlist, because they are just too pretty to ignore. I was also really pleased to see the wide range of styles here – from ruffle explosions to absolutely minimalist designs. But what do you all think? Are you able to find something in this release to suit your tastes? Or is all of this far too extravagant in the time of COVID? Do you find yourself wanting to sew more practical things or more fantastical things in lockdown? Feel free to discuss it all in the comments!