Monday, July 11, 2011

Newsflash - Fall Vogue Patterns

Vogue has just released their fall patterns, which you can view here.  Overall, I say they have quite a few winners in this round.  There are a lot of patterns I have fallen in love with.

Firstly, so many draped knit dresses!  And I am in love with all of them.  Well, most of them.  Although my number one pick is actually a top and a skirt:

V1259 - Swoon!
I am also loving these dresses:



Actually, the second one - V1257 - I am envisioning cutting down on the length, using 3/4 length sleeves, and making more of a tunic top.  But, well, we shall see.  I have to actually acquire said pattern first.  Also, I am in love with the neckline on the third pattern.  It is, perhaps, a bit mature for me, but maybe I will just get the pattern so I can use it in 5-10 years?

In terms of more practical clothing, I am also madly in love with this shirt pattern:

This is a "custom fit" pattern, so it includes cup sizing.  Total win.  This is a must buy pattern for me I think.

And another shirt pattern, with raglan sleeves:


Now for the patterns I am debating:

Pants!  I know, I know, I buy whole Burda magazines for pants, so what is the problem?  Well, these look an awful lot like the pants I am currently making, V1051:

V1051 - Alice + Olivia pattern
The waistband is essentially the same, and the silhouette is similar.  The pockets are different (no welts!), but really, they are very similar.  Vogue even made some up, so we can compare live models:

V8751 - Live!
As may be more obvious now, the new pattern has a much straighter leg, whereas the Alice + Oliva pattern is a little more fitted through the knee and then has a flare at the bottom.  I actually prefer the fitted look through the knee more (and I even had to take in the V1051 pattern at the knee to achieve this), so I don't know if I am really interested in the new pattern.  On the other hand... I wear lots of pants.  I don't know.  I think if Vogue's sale prices were $1.99 instead of $3.99 I would be more tempted.  But, well, with so many other new patterns I am liking, I don't know how soon I would be getting these pants.

(BTW, if you are wondering about the V1051 that I am making - I have made them before.  I left off the welt pockets before, and I am leaving them off again.  Not because I am afraid of the welts, but because there is a dress code for an upcoming event and I need pants like yesterday.  And, although I probably have more than 10 Burda pants patterns calling to me right now that I am dying to make, I don't have time to test the fit and make up a good set, so I am just pumping out 2 pairs of the V1051.  I will post pictures when they are finished.  Anyway, back to patterns...)

I am also on the fence about this pattern:

I really like the pockets in this dress, however, I feel like overall, the dress looks sort of sloppy.  Maybe it is the fit on the top - it makes everything look a bit... droopy.  I don't know.  Another pattern to ponder.

This also caught my eye:

This dress is like the opposite of all of the Burda dresses this year - gathering on the side panels instead of the front.  I have so many gathered Burda dresses now that I don't know how much this excites me.  I think the gathering is much more flattering on the front than the sides, so this might be a pass.

Finally, I debate over this pattern for my sister:

My sister likes big swooshy skirts, so this might be a good pattern for her.  I don't know, we shall have to see how generous I am feeling the next time a Vogue sale rolls around.

Finally, I want to point out that while I don't really want this pattern, I think Vogue did an excellent job of picking a fabric for it:

I mean, it is quite a stunning image.  Granted, I know it would look sort of awful on me (take away my waist and I am a box on tree stumps), and yet I feel drawn to it.  Maybe I need a textured purple coat for fall?

Overall, this is a great bunch of patterns.  There is only one real head scratcher:

Ok, when I first saw the picture I din't think much of it, but look at the line drawing:

V8752 - Line drawing.  Ummm, what?
Er, ummm, yeah.  This may be on par with some of my BWTF pattern picks.  Heck, it probably surpasses at least a few of them.

But, overall, a good set of patterns.  There are some other jackets and dresses and things, but I think I am already smitten with enough new patterns...

Now to wait for the August Burda preview!


  1. Majorly in love with the Vogue 1254. Have my son's wedding coming up in September and have been looking for a dress just like this. Will not find one off the rack because I need it to be a little longer, I have ugly knees and need to cover em up! Definitely want to try this pattern.

    1. Let us know if you make it and how it turns out - I have the pattern, but haven't had a need to make it yet, though it would look lovely for a wedding. Also, I hear you on the knees - you don't skate for more than ten years and not think about covering your knees at least some of the time. I love being able to sew and have hem lengths right where I need them.