While I was in the midst of preparing to travel to
New York, Butterick released their new catalog. Included were two Retro designs which I had some strong feelings about, but no time to put them into words.
The turn of the century fashions are probably more than 100 years old, by the look of them. I believe the proper term to use would be “antique.” I don’t think they even fall into the vintage category, let alone retro.
I cannot get past the fact that they look like costumes to me . . . and that is saying a lot! Most of my daily wardrobe looks like a costume to the general public. But even without the lace, I am not sure I would wear either of these unless I was on stage or dressing up for Halloween. Maybe the skirt portion. I would, however, like to add those lace-up heels to my shoe collection!
These look like they belong in the Making History category with the hoop skirts and bustles and corsets. And I love those . . . as is clear from my pattern collection. But I never end up making them. I would be very interested to hear what historical costumers think of these designs, or any of the Making History patterns. I imagine the construction techniques are modernized as are the 40s, 50s, and 60s designs we have previously seen, which does not thrill me.
Gertie’s new offerings are more my style. But jackets that have a separate belt are not my favorite. What do you do with the belt when you remove the jacket once you get where you are going? And the dress is cute, but not awe inspiring.
The only other pattern that I find tempting is Butterick 6090. Cute, but I probably do not need it in my collection. Between Simplicity 1587 and a basic button-front dress, I am confident I could make my own version. And it really is time to get picky about my pattern purchases, or there will be no room left in my sewing room . . . oh, who am I kidding? They have definitely spilled over into the living room!
So, while I am not overly enthused with any of these, there are a few that I will probably pick up during the next sale. Here is hoping that the Making History and Retro collections go back to being two separate entities, and that Patterns by Gertie is not the only vintage-inspired line produced by Butterick. When they said they were expanding their date range, I was hoping for something 20s or 30s, not from the teens!
What do you think of the new "Retro" patterns? Or any of the new offerings, for that matter!