After my disappointment with McCalls, I was really hoping that the Fall Vogue patterns wouldn’t turn out to be nothing but a repeat of all the bad fashion choices I made in the 80s. They’re out today, and I am so relieved – they’re actually way less crazy pants than they have been lately (no insane jumpsuits or caftans that require 10 yards of fabric!)
Here are my picks (warning: there are a lot. I really like this collection.)
1194 (DKNY Design)
I have been longing for a pattern like this – knit with an empire waist but not oversized! The other DKNY knit dress I made is probably my most worn self-made dress, so I’m hoping to meet similar success with this one!
1191 (Michael Kors design)
I love Michael Kors. I know a lot of people say that he just does basic sportswear, but I think it’s hard to get that aesthetic right. This is chic, but it isn’t covered with ruffles or lots of baubles. This is an advanced pattern, but I’m going to buy it and hope my skills get up to that level soon – love that twisted front (I also have the pattern for his starlet dress waiting for me to be less afraid… someday!)
1190 (Tracy Reese)
I should probably mention that cold weather dresses without sleeve options annoy me, but I make them anyway and wear cardigans. This would be cute for a special occasion – I really like the way the straps meet in the back.
1203 (Tracy Reese)
I like both pieces of this ensemble, though I think the styling is off somehow. Hate the ribbon belt with the beads. Look at the line drawings – the skirt is really nice, and I do love a cowl neck.
1195 (Badgley Mischka)
You can’t tell, but this is a slip dress with an overblouse. Really, there is no excuse for why I like this silhouette, but I always have – I have several blouses with this dramatic sleeve style, and I love them! It’s a bit 80s, but this is the kind of 80s I don’t mind… the kind that involves beautiful draping, and does not involve acid washed anything.
Regular Vogue patterns
I like the side ruching and the petal style waistband. The view with the ruching on both sides is rather like another Vouge pattern, but I would get this for the first view.
This is so very Mad Men inspired. I love that sort of neckline. I would make both the full and straight skirt versions – I really like this one!
The pleating at the neckline is cute, and I like that it’s a knit dress with a more tailored silhouette – and it has sleeves! Great basic, and one of the “Very Easy, very Vogue” patterns.
I found lots to love here – I am starting to plan my cold weather wardrobe, and some of these patterns will be featured (especially the DKNY and the cute Mad Men dress… I’m already searching for a light doubleknit to use for the latter. I will say that I was disappointed by both the Rebecca Taylor patterns (not my style, too loose) and that there are some crazy carrot pants by Donna Karan (Nope, still hate these!)
Overall a good collection – I can’t wait to get them in my hands!