The Vogue Summer Pattern Catalog was released today. I am pretty underwhelmed.
I do like that the Vintage Vogue line is testing out a new decade, but did they have to choose such a basic design? There are so many more interesting styles from the Sixties. This is a basic shell with princess seams, two neckline options, with or without sleeves (which are probably drafted with the same armscye).
|Vogue 9187 & Vogue 9189|
But my biggest gripe is that this simple top is all that is included with the pattern number. Contemporary patterns generally include a top and bottom in one pattern envelope. Now we get to buy a basic top pattern with an MSRP of $27.50. What the heck?! It also looks a whole lot like BurdaStyle 7175, which includes a skirt, hat, and scarf. The princess seams are not an exact match, but it’s pretty darn close, includes an entire wardrobe, and costs a lot less.
I am sure that these pants were not originally paired with the top, even though both are dated 1960, and they certainly work together. But I am still cranky over the fact that the two vintage reproduction releases are so basic and include so few options.
If these pants are well drafted, they are a great addition to the Vintage Vogue collection. But I just wish one of the two designs was a bit more spectacular.
The catalog cover is this Nicola Finetti dress. From the waist up, I love it. However, the skirt brings to mind some Dave Matthews Band lyrics: "Hike up your skirt a little more and show your world to me." No need to hike anything up . . . just sit down and all will be revealed. So do I need a pattern that will require significant alterations to make it wearable? Probably not, but I do love that neckline!
This Rachel Comey top is wonderfully quirky! The fabric choice makes it look slightly clunky, but I love the design. With a drapey fabric, this one has some possibilities. The pants are not my style at all, but at least they aren’t boring. Actually, I think this top would pair quite nicely with the vintage shorts.
I like this Tracy Reese design as well, but I feel like it might be slightly cumbersome with the dress and slip - I wish the two pieces were combined. The seaming in the skirt is difficult to see with the print, but I really like the shaping it gives the dress.
So while none of these designs are must haves for me, at least the collection has a lot of variety. Do you have any new favorites?