I love Vogue patterns. They seem to fit me much better than any other brand that I’ve tried, though I confess I haven’t made any McCalls or Butterick patterns yet. Fit For Real People claims that they are similar, and that simplicity is different through the shoulders and armholes, something I can attest to – I have to adjust that part of Simplicities. In Vogue I am finding that I am usually a 10 on the bottom and an 8 on the top. I appreciate the consistency, as it seems that it’s impossible to know sometimes what size I might make. So a day with new patterns is exciting for me! Here are my picks:
1174 is a strapless dress by Cynthia Steffe. I love this! I have avoided strapless like the plague my whole life, fearing a major wardrobe malfunction. But – if I’m making it for myself, I can actually adjust the bodice to be small enough for my ribcage – yay! I love the print too… I am crazy for roses on fabric.
1182 is the first of two designs by Kay Unger, who is new to Vogue. This is such a classic and flattering style. I love the version in red shantung – I have a lovely green shantung that I have been looking for a pattern for, and this is a contender!
1183 is the second Kay Unger design. It’s rated easy, and I can see this being a popular style.
1176 is a Michael Kors design – I love his designs (and love him as a judge on Project Runway!) This dress is beautiful – love the bow, the shape, and the polka dots – a definate “do” for me!
Finally there are two new Vintage Vogues. 1172 is my pick – a classic full skirted number from the 50s. I am so appreciate of Vogue for re-releasing these patterns, while some of the other companies seem to have stopped. This dress is lovely and classic. The other vintage Vogue is 1171.
I don’t think the collar is for me – it would be overwhelming. But it’s lovely as well, and a pretty good pick (though I sometimes wish the vintage issues were more adventurous, I understand that they go for wide appeal.)
There are, as usual, a fair number of “what were they thinking” patterns as well, including an epic satin caftan and a terrible jumpsuit that looks like something Clarissa would have worn while explaining it all. I also don’t care for the two Anna Sui dresses – I feel as though all her designs are very similar, with lots of lace and frills and not enough length for my taste. The Very Easy Vogue dresses this time are a little boring, but they do look like good basics. And there are a few tops that I can’t tell about – I hate the drawings they use for their top models, which appear incredibly broad shouldered.