My pattern stash is larger than my fabric stash. I have piles of patterns I haven’t made yet. There are only so many hours for sewing in the week, so the last thing I need is even more patterns. Therefore I promised myself I’d approach the winter Vogue patterns with common sense and restraint.
I think I’ve narrowed it down to six or seven.
One thing that struck me about this collection was how wearable a lot of it is. I expect the winter release to be full of beautiful party dresses. I don’t have the lifestyle for that kind of garment. But this is full of things I could see myself wearing to work with tights and boots. Take V1328 for example. It’s glamorous but not over the top. Although I think that beautiful purple fabric they used for the sample may be part of the attraction.
V8866 is a wardrobe pattern with a great little knit dress included. The photo isn’t very appealing but the line art shows lovely colour blocking possibilities. More long sleeves. And I like the centre front seam; it’s a bit different. Could see myself wearing the top and skirt combo as well. The jacket and trousers, not so me.
V8848 is another interesting work dress. More colour blocking potential here; look at all those seamlines. The back view is even better than the front which makes a refreshing change.
I’m not normally a huge Kay Unger fan but V1329 is definitely coming to live with me. I think it’s the combination of the asymmetric panel and the graphic contrast.
But it wouldn’t be Vogue without a bit of fantasy. Here’s V8846. I really like the back view. It reminds me of Lauriana’s Watteau pleat dress, or those Vivienne Westwood sacque back dresses. Unfortunately this pattern’s another one where the photo is a bit disappointing when compared to the line art. The sample is made in a large scale digital print which doubles in an unfortunate way on the back of the dress.
And finally we have two things I doubt I’ll ever make but am strangely drawn to nonetheless. Both jackets.
V1332 looks cool and futuristic to me. With just a hint of ninja turtle.
And V1335 is surely what every well-dressed astronaut will be wearing this winter.
It’s not all great, of course. 8853 might be saved by a different fabric, but this version is not appealing.
And I’m normally a great believer in looking past the photo and making a decision based on the line art, but V8855‘s photo cannot be ignored. What is up with those pockets? Take them off and it would be a cute blouse if you’re the sort of person who can get away with bows and sweetness (ie not me).
But on balance I think this is the best Vogue collection for a long while. My overstuffed pattern box is groaning at the thought.
What did you think?