The Simplicity Summer catalog has been released, and they even managed to get their website updated in time! That has not happened since the website revamp, so perhaps things are going to improve as far as that goes . . .
With no new vintage to gush over, my favorite design by far is the American Duchess version of that famous red Outlander gown (Simplicity has recolored the dress to be a greenish teal for the website, so not sure what that is about?). With the panniers, this dress is very unsuitable for my daily life, but it is really gorgeous. Swanning about in over 8 yards of fabric sounds pretty darn fabulous, actually. Just not sure that I would be able to squeeze into my car - otherwise it would certainly be fun to show up wearing something like this to work! I haven't dressed up for Halloween for a few years now . . . maybe that will have to change . . .
The Cynthia Rowley top/dress is cute, but I already have a ton of her patterns, and rarely make them up. And I am not so sure that skinny off-the-shoulder elasticized piece looks especially comfortable, so I am going to have to think about this one.
While I have not seen the new Beauty and the Beast movie, I was very disappointed by stills of the yellow gown, especially the bodice treatment. But looking at the line drawing for Simplicity’s version, I actually like the flounces on the skirt back very much.
They also have the cartoon version of the yellow gown, made up in a particularly horrible polyester satin. My skin is getting itchy just looking at that thing. The model does not look terribly pleased, either. Someone please destroy all of the Casa Collection satin and embellished organza - the world would be a much better place for it!
Simplicity is also jumping on the pattern hacking bandwagon. Is this not what everyone already does with a pattern? I suppose it could be helpful to a beginner who might not otherwise understand just how easy it is to add a ruffle or shorten a hem or scoop out a neckline. Do you think they include instructions on how to properly draft those changes? I may take a peek at the insert on this pattern next time I stop by the big box fabric store. (I have to admit that when I first started using dress patterns, I thought that the instructions should be followed verbatim, so they may be onto something!)
I guess that means there is only one pattern that will definitely be coming home with me this season, but it's a good one! Now if only 8 yards of glorious silk would suddenly appear in my apartment I could get started . . .