Wednesday, February 21, 2018

New Butterick Patterns for Spring

Ah, the lure of the new pattern catalog . . .  I am continuously tempted.  Suddenly a new option is the only one that will do for that fabric yardage I have been hoarding.  And yet, so often, I never get around to making that particular pairing because in a couple of months something new and shiny will catch my eye.  It's a real problem!  And yet here I am perusing the new offerings.  So let's take a look, shall we . . .
My favorite new pattern is this Gertie dress.  Although upon closer inspection, there is nothing exceptionally new or interesting here.  It is a lovely frock, but I am probably more intrigued by the lovely border print and her fabulous hairstyle!  But I do love that pleated skirt, and I know that I will be adding this one to my collection.  I know you are surprised, right?!

Gertie also has a button front blouse.  I am ever searching for that perfect blouse design, but I don’t believe this will be it.  It's cute, but I feel like I must have something just like it in my stash of patterns.  And none of the sleeve options are calling my name.

As far as trends go, there are quite a few cold shoulder designs included in this catalog.  I have always liked the look, and I see possibilities in this top.  I would probably cut it at the waist and attach a long skirt, or mess around with it in some other way.  But do I already have something like this in my sewing room, as well?
I am interested in the new Lisette design (Butterick 6567), although it is not really “me.”  Will I ever make it if I purchase the pattern?  The jury is still out on that one.  I do not have a great track record with straying too far from my comfort zone when it comes to modern designs.  The pockets are pretty fabulous, though!

I love the illustration for this classic wrap halter dress.  But do I need another wrap dress pattern?  Probably not.  I do love those ruffles, though . . . and the shoes illustration looks a little 1940s to me - where can I find those (hint, hint, Royal Vintage Shoes!).

And while I do not like either of the samples of Butterick 6558, this illustration is making me take a second look.  I guess I am still a fan of the cold shoulder.  I believe that floral print is distracting me.

Do you have any new favorites?  I will probably grab a couple of these at the next sale, but I do not feel the need to rush out immediately.  It feels rather strange, but the thrill of a new catalog appears to be diminishing as the years go by.  Is it me or the patterns?  It's probably a combination of both.  Would I be clamoring over a catalog filled with vintage confections with interesting seaming details and advanced ratings?  I think I would.

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  1. I, too found myself thinking, "I have something like that already" with just about everything in this catalog. There wasn't even anything that really got me itching to sew for spring. The 6560 one was about it - I think the captelet style sleeve will flatter my thick upper arms nicely. Disappointed!

  2. Laura Mae,

    Widen your net, visit film noir for fashion inspiration.

    You can design, modify, or knock-off anything.

    Your taste is more specific than most, and that component, in its consistency, keeps so many of us pinging your site regularly.

    I can't be the only reader who has seen an actress in a "very Laura Mae" coat, dress, or blouse.

    Old movies had some of the keenest eyes designing and styling - seek your fellow travelers hallowed ground.

  3. Backlash, 1947 (the hairstyles are worth a look alone)

    Go to:
    45:30 Best neckline (back of same dress at 44:40)
    28:04 Silhouette you could rock
    18:18 Interesting vest (or jumper - look at the waist, also interesting)

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Apology for Murder (1945)

    7:25 and 10:26 (Ann Savage rocks this look)

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

    The singer at 1:05:41
    Another dress at 45:50

  4. The line art on 6567 is really interesting. Thanks for featuring it. The version featured on the pattern envelope didn’t even entice me to click on the photo to look at that pattern. :) abbey

  5. Buttterick on sale at Joanns today: 6567 did nothing for me with the photo, but the drawing is nicer. I did pick up the Tilton 6564 for my sister, and an older Crawford wrap dress (6359) for my niece.