The new Spring Butterick collection has been released. There are no new vintage reproductions. Boo. And just when The McCall Pattern Company started producing something other than basic designs . . . last season Butterick gave us historical designs in the retro category, and this time around . . . nothing.
Oh well. I still have so many winter weather projects to complete that the Spring collections are making me feel like I am very behind the times. Although, if the weather is any indication, cotton dress temperatures are not far away!
|The blue hair is a cute touch. |
I wonder if Gertie has a red polka dotted version in her closet?
There is one new Gertie design that is very cute, and which I am sure I will be purchasing (I find it extremely hard to resist the call of the pattern drawer during a sale). And the fabric choice is really lovely . . . the flower placement at the bust just makes it look like the model has no bust at all . . . I am assuming this is the fault of the floral motif and not the drafting.
But never mind that. The thing that bothers me the most is how similar the style lines are to one of her previous designs, Butterick 5882.
Clearly, the skirt is different. But the new design is just a dirndl. It would be extremely easy to swap out another pattern, or just cut a couple of rectangles for a full, gathered skirt. The bust inset is wider and extends further toward the side seam on Butterick 6167, and the shoulder straps are a minor change. But the overall design is pretty darn close. Or am I just getting too picky?
This Lisette design is also tempting. The front skirt gathers look awkward on the model, but perhaps a different fabric choice would fix that. What I really love is the keyhole detail at the neckline.
And I am intrigued by Butterick 6164. Exposed darts are very 1940s, and I rather like the shape of the skirt.
Do you have any new favorites? And do you think it is time to pull out the Spring/Summer patterns, or are you still working with wool? Am I the only one who has not finished their winter wardrobe!?! And now I shall resume sewing the hem on my wool skirt!