Thursday, August 2, 2018

A New Batch of Simplicity Patterns for Fall

More new Simplicity patterns means more new vintage reproductions!  We are lucky to get one or perhaps two from Vogue, Butterick, and McCalls, but Simplicity keeps giving us plenty of options.  So, thank you, Simplicity!

I think this suit is quite wonderful.  I adore the back of the skirt, which looks especially flattering.  I haven't made a suit in quite some time, so perhaps this is the year.  The trick is finding the right fabric for the job!

And here we have The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  I am not sure what that clutch (or is it a brown paper bag?) is doing, but the coat is MARVELOUS!!

I love the dropped waist bodice with the hip gathers on that dress!!  And the back view of the coat is spectacular.

And then there were hats!!!  The Vintage Vogue line has not released a hat pattern in eons.  I rather like this jaunty pillbox hat.  Perhaps there will be some 1940s tilt hats in our future?  Because THAT would be exciting.

And here we have another kimono sleeved 1950s frock.  There are quite a few of these under-the-bust seam with princess seamed skirt patterns out there in vintage reproduction land, and while this is certainly cute, it really doesn't grab my attention.  The three-quarter sleeved version with contrasting cuff and collar is nice, though. 

There is also another apron pattern.  In the history of Simplicity vintage reproductions, a third of them must be apron patterns!  I suppose they must be popular.  Personally, I would rather have another dress or suit thrown into the mix, but I have to admit that this is a very cute little number.  And at least one of the options gives some nice coverage from possible stain threats.  I think I am going to have to pull out my apron patterns and have some fun!

The final vintage design is a 1940s blouse.  That striped number could definitely come hang out in my closet.  I am still looking for my ultimate blouse design, and while I do not think this will fit the bill, it is a lovely classic look with a lot of potential.

Not many of the contemporary designs grabbed me this time around.  I am intrigued by the line drawing of this Cynthia Rowley, but the poor man's version of the Dolce & Gabbana appliquéd look is rather unfortunate.  Then again, there is really nothing extraordinary about the silhouette.  I blame the bishop sleeves - I have an extremely hard time resisting them!

There are also a fair amount of costume patterns; it is that time of year, after all.  The ubiquitous poodle skirt has been re-released along with some clowns and a lot of capes.  But I think I am going to stick with the vintage reproductions for this release.  Do you have any new favorites?

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  1. Every time a Mrs. Maisel ad pops up, I think of you.

    That coat (in a deep lilac and linen[?]) is SO Laura Mae. Although a pale gray, or smoke linen version could harmonize with well with whatever frock of ages you are wearing.

    As for the suit, princess seams front and rear, cotton sateen. A transitional suit, with a little sheen to showcase the seams. Refer to Babe Paley for the exact color.

  2. I imagine 8747 in a light weight cranberry wool blend with perhaps a black velveteen collar, lined in matching bemberg, and finished with your signature bound buttonholes and covered buttons. So rich! And great for the holidays.

  3. I love your pattern release posts and click through in a hurry any time I see one! That coat is indeed divine.

  4. Hello, it is a paper bag on that coat pattern! Mmmm buns. Do you think you could add buttons to the coat with no issues? Am never sure when I see a coat pattern without buttons! They are very practical in a breeze :) thanks

  5. That is, indeed, a paper bag, and is from the "We got the RABBI!" scene, as is this outfit and pose. (I adore that series, and not only for the luscious costumes and sets.)