2014 Early Fall Patterns

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 8/5/2014 to Commentary
The major sewing pattern lines have recently released their new early fall patterns, and the collections include a few surprises, some asymmetry and a handful of head scratchers.  Although I am a big fan of the indie pattern companies, the big four still dominate the market and the sewing community looks for fabric to work well with the new patterns from Vogue, Butterick, McCalls and Simplicity.  

It is no surprise that Designer Vogue patterns are still the front runners for what I might sew this season.  It was a bit of a surprise that there wasn't a new dress pattern from Marcy Tilton - perhaps I had gotten accustomed to the interesting dress designs that she has been putting out consistently for the last few years.  But Vogue 9035, the jacket and pants Marcy designed, does offer some interesting details and a comfortable look - best for more experienced sewistas. 

Vogue's new patterns include a great dress from Lynn Mizono (V1410) an asymmetrical blouse from Tom & Linda Platt (V1515) and a cool pullover sweater top from Donna Karan (V1417).  

Sadly, Vogue's selection includes a bow tie blouse that looks like it belonged to Alexis on Dynasty in the 1980s.  (yes I did watch the show)

A couple of the nicest surprises came in the Butterick line.  Katherine Tilton's new designs include an original and oversized pullover top (B6101) that I will definitely sew.  This pattern would be great for mixing fabrics, even knits and wovens. Her (B6106) is a striking jacket design that offers three design options - a sewista could really have fun and get creative with this one.  These two are my must haves for fall.

If you happen to be young and/or in great shape, check out two dress patterns in the McCall's line. One striking dress (M6986) is from Palmer/Pletsch and I like the two fabric choice, which may work ok on more mature figures.  A short and cute dress (M6988) another McCall's dress pattern looks easy to sew and offers multiple cup sizing - a great addition.

The time to start sewing for fall is now.  Just to give you some ideas of what fabrics would work well with some of these pattern, see below:

I hope these ideas help in your shopping for fall patterns.  Please feel free to call The Smuggler's Daughter anytime for consultation on fabric choices.

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Hannah Grabauskas Date 11/2/2014
Hello, I am on the search for some advice. I am on my first sewing project (after making simple cushions covers) and I have been tackling the Butterick (B6101) pattern. All is going well but I am really stuck on the collar. I really can't get my head around the instructions. I thought it would had done it already maybe you would be able to explain it in simpler English for me. Any help would be appreciated. Many thanks, Hannah [email protected]
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