The new summer Vogues have been released. Part of me wants to find many gorgeous new patterns, another part almost hopes that there is nothing exciting to tempt me and/or distract me from the fifty other projects I have lined up in my head. But it would seem that they are continuing to release more interesting/complicated designs . . . and you know what that means.
There are two new vintage reproductions.
Vogue 9105 has a lovely diagonal front opening that closes with buttons. This is certainly not my favorite version of the asymmetrical button opening, but I can live with it. It reminds me of Vintage Vogue 1043 (now out of print) which I love and keep meaning to make myself a second version.
This new offering features “skirt stiffening” in the form of muslin. I am curious to see what exactly is going on with that! I have never heard of muslin being used as a “stiffening” material, although I have seen first-hand examples of Pellon being used as an underlining in vintage dresses. I am also intrigued to see if the left front hooks into a side seam, and if the entire buttoned edge opens. All that I know is the lack of a waist seam means this one hogs fabric like crazy (6 yards are required for 45” wide fabric – yikes!). But I definitely want to peek inside this particular pattern envelope.
I am really excited about Vogue 9106. The skirt tiers are unlike any pattern I have in my stash, and I think this one is a winner! Thank you, Lisa of "As I Said", for sending your pattern to Vogue!
This beauty is described as a "pullover dress" - say what?! But wait, it has a side zipper . . . that makes more sense. And isn't every dress a "pullover"? Maybe they are clarifying that you cannot "step into" this one because it only unbuttons to the waist? "Curiouser and curiouser!"
My only complaint is that both of these reproductions have a very similar feel and copyright date, which seems to be a trend in the Vintage Vogue line, now that I think about it.
How about a little variation, and not two full-skirted, short-sleeved dresses in the same catalog? And why did they start cramming the vintage reproductions in the smaller sized envelopes a few years ago? I miss all of the extra space!
I also find myself strangely drawn to Vogue 1451 – or maybe not so strange considering my love of so many of Donna Karan’s designs. I am very tempted to make this up and test my theory that everything I put on ends up looking old-fashioned! I can't see it happening wearing a design like this, but who knows?!
Vogue 1447, a Tracy Reese design, also has some wonderful seaming that I might be inclined to try.
This one I am quite sure I would make look vintage. The line drawing has a bit of a 1930s feel to me.
And it may have something to do with the fabulous graphic print, but I love this Easy Options design.
The back seaming is gorgeous.
I have been so good lately about working with stashed items, but I feel a pattern binge coming on . . .
Will any of the new Vogue offerings tempt you?