McCall has released their new pattern collection for the holidays. Generally, I prefer Vogue and Butterick designs, but now that The Archive Collection exists, McCall has my attention.
There is definitely a theme here. In fact, the photo shoot is recycling the skirt from last season, and has added two blouse and vest options to complete the look.
I see the appeal of a capsule collection. What confuses me is that you get an entire suit pattern from Vogue (which costs more) and yet these Archive Collection pieces have to be purchased separately. What is that about?!
It would have made more sense for last season’s skirt and jacket combo to be released as a single pattern, and these new offerings of the blouse and vest combo to be released as a single pattern. McCall is clearly marketing the pieces as part of a whole, so I can’t think why they are going this route.
But I do love the blouse pattern. Love the lantern sleeve, love the tie front – just love it! Both options are fabric hogs, but boy are they pretty. The vest . . . well, I can take it or leave it at this point. It has some cute features, but I am not sure I would ever wear it.
The rest of the new patterns are not doing anything for me, but I am fine with that – there are plenty of projects in my queue without adding more!
Do you have any new favorites?