This is my favorite of the bunch. The double breasted suit is ADORABLE! I love it! This design is definitely going to be added to my project list.
Someone very familiar with the features of a traditional cheongsam might take issue with this design, but I really do like the collared version of this pattern.
At first glance, I really like 8245. But upon closer inspection, this is a rehash of a previously released design. I am willing to bet that the top portion of the bodice is a direct copy of Simplicity 4047. That being said, I have already made two versions of the peplum blouse and will admit that it is an excellent pattern. So, for anyone who missed it the first time around, I would highly recommend this design.
I suppose it is possible that two patterns released in the 1950s were incredibly similar, but last February Simplicity messed with the original illustrations to match their modified version of 1155, so I am not convinced that these are two distinct designs. Here is a comparison of the line drawings of this season's vintage reproduction versus the one released is 2007. Doesn't this look a bit suspicious? I am, however, reminded that I always meant to make that fabulous jacket . . .
The same issue applies to Simplicity 8243. I am guessing that the pants portion of this pattern is a duplication of the pants included with Simplicity 3688 except for the addition of pockets and the closure has been moved. Also, a released dart has been substituted for a standard one on the pant front - so maybe these are not an exact copy, after all.
But what happened to the cuff on the short sleeved blouse? Perhaps it was simply a fold applied to a basic sleeve on the original vintage pattern, but why change that lovely feature when it clearly is a part of the original.
This 1960s design is fairly basic, but I do appreciate the french darts on the dress. And the jacket is pretty cute. I do wonder why there is not photo on a model, though. But what I really want are those hats!!
The apron is nice, although I already have five or six different vintage reproduction aprons patterns, so do I really need another? That being said, I find that the vintage ones have so much more character than contemporary aprons made almost exclusively from rectangles with very little shaping, so hooray for more interesting choices.
There are two lingerie patterns from Madalynne in this catalog. I have been wanting to try my hand at making a bra for some time, but I would like something more long-line than either of these designs. I am probably better off finding a vintage pattern and working from there, but this might be a starting point for me.
I also like Mimi G Style's new shirt dress pattern. I think that the style lines are great. This design is not made for knits, but I can absolutely see this in a fabulous DVF inspired knit. And I am going to have to check out that double collar feature.
There is something very 1970s about this dress, and I love the tie neck. I am not so sure that a blousey elastic waist is the best look for me, but I may have to try this one as well.
So I would say that this is the most interesting Simplicity release I have seen in quite some time. It is rather puzzling that of the thousands and thousands of vintage Simplicity designs, the company would choose to reissue duplicated designs, but I am very excited to see so many of them in one catalog. I have a feeling, however, that anyone with a more contemporary design aesthetic is going to be rather disappointed this time around.