I really used to look forward to new pattern releases . . . that does not happen very often these days.
The Archive Collection has returned, but if this is what it has to offer, I am not very excited about it. I guess basic sells, but boy is this BORING. Basic bodice, check . . . basic circle skirt, check. Okay, so they gathered the straps, but do we really need a pattern for that? How many variations of this dress do we really need!? I am also confused by the styling. Love the gingham, but the gloves, pearls, and hat say "afternoon at the museum," and the dress and shoes say summer picnic. The yellow floral ensemble is all over the place, too. Where is my pretty original vintage illustration?
To be fair, the McCall catalog is generally my least favorite; I definitely prefer Vogue and Butterick if my pattern library is anything to go by. But I may have to add this bodysuit to my collection. I remember owning a bodysuit back in the 90s and I really liked it, once I found one that actually fit my long torso. This might be nice pattern to have around.
I also really like this blouse. The high neck and cut-in shoulder line is not particularly flattering on me, but I have always loved the style. Maybe if I find the right fabric/print I can make this work. Then again, this kind of thing really looks great with a pair of pants - and you know how I feel about them!
And finally, for a good laugh . . . I am no ballet technique expert, but I adore watching accomplished dancers on stage. But goodness gracious, this is painful to look at. No more models doing ballet poses - it's just wrong! Her face is stunning, but those feet look like a four year old attending her first day of ballet class. The arms and hands are bad enough, but the feet!!! Why on earth would they make this woman take a picture like that?!? It's so very bad, I just can't look away!
So nothing that will be jumping to the top of the sewing queue, but I may just take a stab at making that blouse . . .