After driving me batty for a whole day due to a broken link on the main page, I have finally been able to look at the new Simplicity collection. Overall... I am not too impressed. There are a lot of pajamas, crafts, and kids clothes, which don't interest me at all. Of the remaining patterns... well they are just kinda there. Basically the only patterns I feel are worth showing are the Project Runway patterns, some knit tops, and the costumes. There are a few other bland items available (like a skirt) but not too much of interest. Let's take a look:
Project Runway Patterns:
As far as the Khaliah Ali pattern goes, doesn't it look a might bit similar to this New Look pattern?
As for the collars, well, I am sure the Puritans would be proud. Though somewhat horrified at the leopard print. Apparently collars are all the rage right now? As far as this trend goes... I think I will pass. I mean, unless the pattern has a collar already there. But... no. I guess I will just have to walk around with my neck all uncovered like a floozy.
Overall I have to say that the costumes might be my favorite part of this release, and I don't even find them all that impressive! I mean, I like the first Snow White gown, but I didn't actually get to see either of the Snow White movies that came out earlier this year. But if you did, Simplicity has got you covered. As long as you want to be Snow White. If you want to be the Evil Queen... well, then you have to turn to McCall's. I will still probably get this pattern, as having a pattern for giant poofy sleeves could be very (very very) handy for some theoretical costumes I have planned for the future.
Love the coat! My favorite pattern from the entire release. Of course, knowing how rabid those Steam-Punk lovers can be at pattern sales, I expect I won't be able to find this anytime soon. Which is ok as long as I get it eventually.
Finally, the Girl on Fire dress. This is obviously Simplicity's attempt to re-create the Girl on Fire dress from The Hunger Games movie:
Overall I think they did a pretty good job... but I don't know if I would get this pattern. I can't see myself using it. I mean, I feel like so many people were disappointed with this costume from the film specifically, and there are been a lot of other imaginings of this dress on the internets. If I wanted to re-create it I would probably use a Burda pattern I already own, but honestly I would probably try and make a dress more in line with the description in the books (which I haven't read yet - shame on me). I predict this pattern will be popular with the mom crowd who sew for their almost teenage daughters though. Either for Halloween or prom.
So, overall this Simplicity release is kind of a yawn. Not that much excitement, unless you are into Puritan collars or extra puffy sleeves.
However, if you head over to the Simplicity website you can find this really cool poster:
For only $15! It sounds like there is going to be a set of 7, spanning the decades that they have been in business. Just imagine a wall of these. Could look really fun in a sewing room...
The McCall's release had a better chance to impress me because their introduction was bit more on the "fashion" side of things, though they certainly have done their part to increase the number of strange crafty patterns into the world. However, I must admit, I am rather underwhelmed. I know it is fall/winter and we are all about layering... but, seriously, you guys, these are all potato sacks! There is a serious lack of structure going on, and the few patterns that have a shape to them are, well, boring. I have to admit too, that, while I usually try to overlook the styling in favor of line drawings and diagrams, McCall's made that really really hard this time around. It is almost like they wanted to sabotage the decent patterns so people will buy the boring ones?
|M6659 - I have been blinded!|
|M6648 - Boring.|
|M6652 - Boring-er.|
|M6653 - Boring-est. |
(No, your not-included-in-the-pattern sequined leggings do NOT distract me
from the fact that her top has roughly the shape of a used diaper.)
|M6650 - This patten is ok, but nothing I haven't seen before.|
|M6650 - The alternative view is also cute, but expected.|
|M6649 - This top is actually fairly fitted, pretty cute, and comes with cup sizes.|
|M6649 - Though since this is the version shown on the main page, |
makes me wonder how many they actually want to sell.
|M6658 - This slouchy pattern seems sort of whatever...|
|Until you look at the line drawing. Nice tank top and v-neck shirt pattern!|
|M6644 - Quilt re-fashion?|
|M6657 - This is styled well, but the pattern is pretty basic.|
|M6655 - This Palmer/Pletsch Jacket is probably the best jacket pattern in the release.|
The draped collar is ok, but again I think overall it is sort of basic and not that interesting.
|M6645 - The color blocking trend apparently is still totally a thing.|
|M6647 - This dress seems fairly cute (if a bit short)...|
|...but for some reason I find the back to be a bit... vulgar?|
|M6646 - A sickly pink puffy dress wasn't exactly the palette cleanser I wanted...|
Though this would have been AWESOME if I had had time to go to Promaballoona...
Dang it, now I have to get this pattern.
|M6669 - Sad when the dolls get better clothes than you do...|
|M6670 - So cute! I think I need to get this pattern...|
|The hat! I have to make the hat!|
So... yeah. Not too much of interest in the McCall's patterns either. I think it bears repeating: DON'T BORE NINA!!!
So, we know what my (rather strong) opinions are about this collection - what do you all think? Did you find anything you like? Am I being too harsh? Is it silly if the only things I want to buy are costumes and doll's clothes? Feel free to discuss in the comments!