I have just finished looking through Simplicity Patterns latest release, and as usual, have added far too many patterns to my wish list. They do seem to be fairly consistent with keeping their range wide, so as to appeal to a broad spectrum. They also stick to a solid core of designers, which does add a certain look to their brand overall. It might not suit everyone, but it does me. Of course, I will always have a weakness for Vogue designer patterns, but then, my wardrobe has to cover a wide variety of situations, and different pattern companies fill different voids.
I haven’t yet made a pattern from the Amazing Fit range, but do have quite a few on my must-sew list. Many of them seem to have a retro feel, which appeals to me. I also like how each pattern has a number of variations, because once you nail the fit, this means you have an easy go-to pattern, which can be varied according to your needs. I particularly like the photo version here, not least because it is sleeveless ( a bonus when you live in the sub-tropics), but the detailing at the waist is a nice touch, and I can see how it could be adapted to a number of trims.
Another Amazing Fit design, this time with a mock wrap effect, over the waist. This detail is a boon to those of us with less than perfect tummies.
While I am always amused by the photography of the Cynthia Rowley designs (the models always look gawky, but that may be the intention), I do have a weakness for the actual clothes. This particular one would be more wearable for me than most ( i.e. wearable for my particular body – while I love most of her patterns, many just won’t suit me). The top stitching detail is also very attractive. BTW, speaking of models, is it just me, or do many of them – across all the Big 4 – seem to be bow-legged in the last year or so? Perhaps it’s just the amount of biomechanics I’ve studied, but these details really spring out at me.
I find a lot of the patterns in this range to be not me, but this one is different. Of course, I think the fabric choice is fabulous, which helps a lot. Since it is a knit, and there are no buttons or zippers, it would be fairly quick to sew as well.
This dress is cute, but not normally what I would go for. i included it however, to make a point. In a number of their patterns, Simplicity have included photos of models in both skinny and slightly larger sizes, which is a good marketing tactic. However, I would like you to compare the larger model here, with the following pattern (both appear to be of the same girl, which makes the comparison more valid). I think that the girl above is wearing a very flattering design for a larger woman. Whilst the dress itself is very fitted, the sheer overlay hides a multitude of sins, and allows a larger woman to get away with some shiny satin underneath (supposedly a no-no, according to dress-to-flatter gurus). And every woman needs some shiny satin in her life. Overall the look is cute, flattering, and youthful. Now go to the next pattern.
While this style looks fine on the skinny girl, to me, the dress on the larger girl shrieks frumpy. And this is despite it being a darker colour, all one fabric, and with design elements dragging the eye up and down…all of which are supposed to be good things on the larger woman. Compared to the previous design, there is no doubt in my mind which look I would go for. And, having said that, I am now looking at the previous pattern with new eyes (having said before it is not a style I would normally go for). Just seeing the difference between the two different styles on the same model, makes me wonder what Simplicity 1657 would look like on me.
Not that I actually need any party dresses at the minute, but if I did, this would be my first choice. I’m not discounting the fact that the colour may be swaying me…if it was pink, I’d have moved on immediately. I do like how the sheer overskirt allows one to have the illusion of short and slinky, while actually drawing the eye away from the dodgy bits.
I would have liked to see a photo of the dress sans jacket. I’m going through a colour blocking phase at present, and this dress intrigues me. But, I really love the tunic and pants ensemble. The outfit has a very upmarket sixties look, probably because of the fabric. But tunic over the hips, and long skinny legs…I like!
I quite like the look of the pants and top combination here. But what concerns me is the visual difference between the pants in the photo, and those in the fashion sketch. The pants in the fashion sketch look quite wide (something which is reflected in the technical drawing which follows). It always makes me nervous when there is a disparity like this. It could simply be that the photo version was made up in a stiffer fabric than the sketch anticipated (and since the photo version also has a centre front crease pressed in, this supports it being a stiffer fabric, and might account for the pants not appearing to be flared). And it’s not that I have an aversion to wide legged pants. It’s just that if I buy a pattern, and have a particular vision in mind, I want the actual pattern to live up to the vision, and not turn out to be something else.