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Friday, January 14, 2011
There Are New Men's Patterns At Vogue!
Maybe someone can refresh my memory, but I cannot remember the last time Vogue added new patterns to the menswear tab. Really good looking, well cut menswear. Men who sew and women who so for them, patterns for you! Not many, but hey it's a start. I like the jacket and pants, but where's the pattern for that very nice shirt?
Or this nice trench coat, though the sunglasses make him look a bit shady, pun intended.
On to the meat of the new patterns, the women' s of course. These first are patterns that I might wear, or that would be flattering on me of course.
I do like this, but you know, it's not exactly a match for my lifestyle. But if it did it would work for me.
I have a piece of printed silk for which this would be a perfect pattern. You'll notice that this is from a young and hip new or fairly new designer? Vena Cava. Even in silk I'd wear this in the summer as an easy dress to throw on and that doesn't cling. That and it would reduce my stash by a very nice piece of silk. It doesn't call for lining but I'd underline this with some nice cotton batiste also in the stash, for coolness and opaqueness.
These two from Donna Karan are interesting. According to the figure key, the red one is suited for me, but the back is long waisted and would hit my hips at their fullest. So, not so good. But pretty if your full hip falls lower than mine. The second one does not have my figure triangle, but I think that it would work for me. I like it but I probably won't make it. I wear dresses mostly in the summer when they are cool and comfortable in our non air conditioned home. Anything that fits closely isn't going to work for me.
Now this one is young but a little longer and it would work for me. It's Rebecca Taylor and it's a knit. No clinging here and it's yellow, which I like. Obviously you can make it in any color your heart desires, but I like yellow and I have some really nice yellow silk jersey. It strikes me as a good dress for a hot summer.
Now for the designs that are clearly for the young and lithe. Well, one hopes that's who'll wear this and it's ilk. It's adorable but that's not why I posted it. See that lovely fitted bust? Unless you are a B cup, it needs to be altered and it's not a simple alteration. Now, Vogue has taken to adding garments that have alternative cup sizes. But the are one, usually loose fitting so fitting properly isn't very critical, and two such easy designs that even rank beginners could do a full bust adjustment to them, or fba for the uninitiated. Here's a sample
They are also boring beyond belief. I want them to give alternate fronts for stuff that's hard to alter! For stuff that's got some edge to it. Hey Vogue, I may be 60 but I don't want to look dowdy. The kind of thing that women post on PR and ask how do I do this? That's for what you need design alternate fronts
There weren't any separates that I found different or interesting and certainly not stylish in the least. Ah, well that's why I have Burda, years of Burda to choose from.
I have been sewing since I was a teenager, mostly self taught. I sew for myself, with some some occasional sewing for my daughter. I love garment sewing and will only sew home dec if desperate. I love to cook and read and try to avoid cleaning as much as possible.