Yesterday was the longest workday known to man. I got to work at 10 am (hey, that’s early for a musician!) and didn’t make it home until midnight. So I was super happy to see the new spring Vogue patterns awaiting my return.
I think it looks like a decent crop. There is a nice basic trench coat (which I won’t make, but it is nice!) and even a few men’s patterns. There is, of course, some inexplicable posing, but there you go. I can mock Vogue, but the truth is that they fit me the best out of the Big 4, and they generally have the most current patterns .
I’m thinking of joining Club BMV. Does anyone have any feedback on that? I feel kind of bad because I do live in driving distance of Joann’s. But with my schedule the way it is now, I don’t have any time to. Or rather, I do, but if I spend the time to do that I don’t have sewing time. Or they are out of my size, or I can’t make the days they are on sale. I think I’d rather just spend the postage. Maybe it would keep me from buying shoddy Joann’s fabric as well? Because I need to stop doing that.
Let’s start with the designer patterns. Sadly, Donna Karan has let me down here. I usually love her designs, but these are too fussy for me. I do like the red one from the front, but not the back… and besides, I’ve sworn off pencil skirts for a bit. Here is what I do like:
Vogue 1344, Rebecca Taylor
Go ahead, laugh at the “thinking” pose, because that model does it many more times. This dress is really cute! The details are lost in the print, so here is the line drawing:
It calls for light fabrics (crepe de chine, voile) etc. I think I would use a rayon challis. I like that it’s lined. Should make a great summer dress!
Vogue 1343, Tracy reese
I call this her “spying on someone around the corner” pose. This appears to be a mock wrap style, which I prefer. The pattern calls for crepe de chine or jersey. I think this is crepe, and that’s what I would use. Jersey might be a little loose.
Not that you can tell from the modeled photo, but this dress has cute lines. I like the middy length and the fact that it calls for a knit! I’d use a lighter doubleknit or ponte.
According to the ladies on Patternreview, this dress (with the straight skirt) is a knock-off of a famous design. I would be more likely to make this version, though I might make the top symmetrical. I’ll have to see some completed versions first! It is designed for wovens. I am imagining a dark gray lightweight suiting for the body, and a contrasting band in the middle (I might use a color, as once I tried a contrast band out of black and it looked super homemade.
This is different enough to pique my interest – maybe in a plaid because I have no imagination. The description reads : Dress has bias overbodice, fitted, lined bodice and back zipper.
What, pray tell, is an overbodice? I’m assuming that’s the cowl bit, and the piece behind (looks like a dickie, sorry!) is the bodice. I would assume that the overbodice attaches at the waist and sides to the back, so I don’t really understand the descriptions.
Hmm… maybe. I think this looks breezy and fun as pictured, with cute flat sandals. Of course, that totally ignores the fact that I basically don’t wear sandals at all, no way. Especially not that kind, which I think make my feet look enormous.
I love this! I lack tops to wear with skinny jeans and leggings in the summer – I pretty much only have sweaters! I think you would need to take care and reinforce the neckline and armholes, otherwise the longer piece would stretch unevenly.
Guys, this isn’t even the same model, which means they were directed to do that gesture! Anyway, I like that there are pleats instead of a gathered neckline.
Not setting the world on fire, but I want it to replicate a top I saw at Saks.
That’s it for now – I will buy the two designer patterns and the last top first.