So I thought I'd take a peak at what some of the non-indie pattern companies were offering (Simplicity, Butterick, and McCall's.) A lot of it is just straight up terrible. But we'll save my snark for the commentary.
Butterick 6048 doesn't look terrible. It's one of those patterns that's either going to work, or fail horribly. It looks very simple on the technical drawing. Honestly I could draft it easy peasy. The other view on this pattern is terrible though. I'll wait until I see some reviews before I decide if it's worth it.
I actually really like B6049. I might actually pick this up. The other views are super cute, and it seems very versatile! You could sew this up in a colorway that would look modern as well. I really like view C.
Don't judge me, but I am weirdly super into 6052. Yeah it's kind of matronly... But hike up that hem and it could be super cute. I'm secretly a grandma at heart, so it might just be me, but I'm going to say this is a win. I really like this model they're using a ton as well, she's super gorgeous.
OMG butterick just stop it. 6056 is a weird kerchief hem sack. This will be flattering on like maybe .00002% of the population. Also those patch pockets certainly don't help matters. Plus size women don't want to wear sacks, I don't know how many times a pattern company can hear this and ignore it.
At first glance I'm really into 6067, another Gertie pattern. But the seaming on the bust is just strange. There's not way that's going to fit well on anyone with anything more than a B cup. Why would you seam directly over the boobs instead of under? Plus I just picked up the bombshell swimsuit pattern so I'm going to pass on this one.
Of all the 1930's fashion this isn't what I would have pulled from the archives to impress modern sewers. 6995 & 6993 has some interesting style lines on the skirt, but the other pieces are just kind of terrible. Why not something along the lines of these patterns from the 30's? They're so much more fun and interesting, which is why I would want to sew a reissue pattern anyways.
I like the style lines for 6989. I think not sewing it up in that terrible shiny bubblegum fabric would have been cool though. I would totally make this as a black and white combo ala Wednesday Addams. But sometimes my boyfriend says I'm too goth to live, so take that advice with a grain of salt. I'll probably buy this, even though I could probably never sew all the patterns I own basically ever.
But after I saw this gem of a pet costume all is forgiven McCall's. I will probably buy ten copies of 7004 and make all variations for my poor dog Bowie. Pray for him.
Fine, I can't be snarky all the time I guess. I want all of the new simplicity patterns below. There wasn't anything heinous for me to say anything about. I'm into that jumper and kimono top a lot. Good job you guys.
McCall's seems to be by far to have the worst offerings. Butterick, besides the patterns I posted, really bored me. If it wasn't a gertie pattern I found few even interesting enough to consider. Simplicity on the other hand killed it. I see a spot in my wardrobe for all their newest offerings.
Have any pattern faves/hates in the new releases?