Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Spring Pattern Releases - Simplicity, McCall's and Vogue!

I have so many blog posts that need writing; I never did a December wrap-up/January planning post...I need to blog a cardigan and 2 dresses. OY!

But for now...let's talk patterns!

Simplicity's site has gone from bad to worse. Now, sure, it "looks" better but it isn't functional! Not even a little bit!!!!! And in their usual fashion, their patterns are up on Pattern Review and in store before they're available for viewing on the Simplicity website. Sigh.

I think this was an ok release. Nothing too exciting but I did snag a few:

I've been looking for a dress with bodice overlay and I just love this!!!
Bonus - Cup Sizing!

I think the envelope is boring but I think there's potential in this vest.

I'm not a huge fan of the Mimi G line of patterns in general but I do love jumpsuits.
This one has nice details like the back yoke and partial placket that made it a go for me.

This jacket and pants is so 70s chic!

Honorable mention:

I'm wondering if this is an update to the ever popular S2700 Amazing Fit pattern


McCall's was mostly formal wear and "meh" for me.

I do like this but I think it's because of fabric+cute model.

And I like this a lot (mainly views A and B) but feel like I shouldn't :-p


I picked up the new Simplicity patterns over a week ago in Hancock and saw the Vogues but wasn't moved. Looking at them now, I kind of like A LOT of them. First up; the patterns that may be added to the collection:

1494 is a Sandra Betzina pattern and looks *so* cool

9167 is a 'basics' kind of pattern but with all that seaming it can make a great dress!
Bonus  - cup sizing!

1489 - I would totally make this for summer.

9174 - A Tilton pattern.
Not loving the top/jacket but the leggings - YES!

Other "likes" but unsure I'll buy them (that $5 Vogue price tag does rein me in!)

1481 - Really like the pleats and the shorter length.

1488 - crazy dress with included slip

1486 - Gorgeous skirt!

9166 - Simple but with nice details; yoke, darts (cup sizing!), CB seam, 2-piece sleeve...

I don't do dresses with that shirttail hem though...but this has lots of options!

9169 - Cute but again - Not quite into the style. Overlay + tunic-y

9170 - LOVELY seaming but again not interested in the length + oversized feel

9172 - Love a skirt with some interest!
However, this reminds me of the Style Arc tulip which I bought recently

Overall I think we've got some good stuff rolling out this spring.


  1. I really like the Sandra B jacket along with the Koos one (guess it's the last one we'll see since he's gone now). Thanks for the review. Karen

  2. Totally agree with your assessment! Except I am a bit more into the formal/vintage/costume patterns but that may have something to do with the fact that it feels like everyone I've ever met is getting engaged.

    1. This the season! I haven't been to a wedding in a few years and have two this year!

  3. I actually like the top in the Marcy Tilton pattern and want to make one. I also like Vogue 9166, probably the only 2 patterns I will buy. I like the Simplicity vest and the Cynthia Rowley but who knows when or if I will get them. I'm sure you're going to make amazing pieces from the patterns you've bought!

    1. The more I look at 9166 the more I like it. And I really like that they paired the top and skirt for an additional colorblocked look!

  4. I totally agree with what you said about Simplicity's website!! I like the new look, but HATE navigating it!! That said, I LOVE 8047, and the jumpsuit by Mimi G is cute! I can definitely see you in Vogue's 1489. I like that one too!

  5. Very nice selection of patterns! I love the Vogue dress 1481. I look forward to seeing your creations!

  6. I really love the CR pattern--I don't wear a lot of jackets but the skirt and pants both look SO adorable.

    allie J. |

  7. I'm so glad you said it!! I thought The problems I was having with the new Simplicity site were mostly user error; it's good to know the site actually is just horrible. I love CR patterns too! Looking forward to seeing what you make of these.

  8. I totally agree about the Simplicity website! It's so irritating! When I saw the new layout I had very high hopes, and was let down BIg time! Glad someone else agrees!

  9. I can't even figure out the new simplicity website. I can't believe how terrible they made it!! I wish I had read your post before the Simplicity sale at Hancock yesterday lol. I guess I'll have to wait for HL or the next hancock one. Those pants look amazing!


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