The new McCalls Spring Patterns have been released, including two new Archive Collection designs. I thought that we might get more 1930s silhouettes, but it looks like the 1950s/60s are the most marketable of the vintage decades.
The double-breasted look is not that exciting, and I don’t know that I have anything quite like it in my (rather massive) collection of patterns. But honestly, I can take it or leave it.
The other vintage reproduction is a very basic silhouette. I have come across quite a few vintage garments with this exact look, but have never seen this specific pattern. However, I know that I have a kimono sleeve/dirndl skirt in my stash - add the front bow to the side seams, and there you have it.
But where are the vintage illustrations?! That can sometimes be my favorite part of these vintage reproductions, and they are nowhere to be found. I would probably be more inclined to like these if I had that image in mind. Hint, hint, McCall Company.
The rest of the new patterns include quite a few shirt dress designs, some very 1990s silhouettes and a Tracy Reese dress with an interesting under bust seam (is it enough to make me purchase it? . . . only time will tell).
And what the heck is this?! A dress becomes a fitting shell, becomes a dress form, becomes a Halloween costume?! What is it supposed to be? Any guesses? Galliano dressed his mannequins as actual mannequins in a couture collection in 2005 which I actually loved, but this dress is disturbing me . . . is that an actual metal dress form cage she is wearing???! This has to be an inside joke.