Topic: Things to make.
Welcome to the hottest days of the summer! How do I know (aside from the weather channel) that's we are in the hottest days of the summer? Because all the big pattern companies are relaesing fall and winter preview patterns! WEEEE! I LOVE sewing wool when it's a mere 35 degree celsius, with humididty making it feel even steamier! The only thing that makes this acceptable is that the few patterns being previewed are all quite needle-worthy.Burda Germany is first and Simplicity has a few out now. Later this week the buterick group will unveil their early fall preview.
Love this wrap dress. In a heavy interlock knit, of course.Warm and comfy as a robe, but it's a dress! This would need extra special fancy jewelled buttons on the waistband. I would add small invisible snaps to the skirt part of the wrap so it won't fall open all the time. Anna Sui also adds those tiny snaps to all her wrap dresses -We must have learned a few things from the same teacher! I'm not sure about the shark-tooth hem. I think a straight hem slightly below the knees would look better.
While I love the royal blue color of this dress with the wrap look and front gathers it is a bit too Duchess of Cambridge looking. In a different color it looks much less like a knock off of the Issa dress. It needs to be made in a drapey jersey. Matte silk jersey would be best but silk jersey is quite expensive. A rayon or polyester jersey would also work. In a colorful print jersey it would look more hippy and less Duchess. In a cotton or rayon jerseyt it would be as comfy as a t shirt. iIn a jersey that looks more wool or sweater like it would be warm and comfy.
This retro 1950's inspired dress is soo adorable! I would shorten the depth of the skirt pleats by about two inches. At the length they are in the illustration they could cup and emphasize any midsection bulges. Slightly raised they would make the midsection look slimmer. A dress like this needs a crinoline underskirt to make the skirt puff out a bit. Make use a contrast color tulle and let some of it peek out the bottom. Another cool idea would be to get some fancy embroidered organza and use it over tafetta opr silk shauntung on the bodice. For really expensive deluxe big band dance hall dress use embroidered and emebllished organza over shanutung for both bodice and skirt and have the tulle underskirt peeking out from the hem. If a tow cxolor shot organza is used then it would be easy to play with contrasing colors and switching the grain lines of the organza for some amazing special effects.
It's nice to see the gathered at the waistband drindl styel skirt make a comeback. it's so easy to sew, works in many different lengths except super short and can serve as the base for some super-creative ideas. Using a simple crepe back satin with a lace overlay makes an evening skirt formal enough for weddings and easy enough that it can be made in one afternoon. Perfect for those "i need something for Saturday and it's already tuesday" panic attacks.
So those are a few of the very early fall preview patterns now available. I like the burda dresses and I might make one -probably the wrap or the jersey dress. I do like t-shirt fabric dresses in the fall and winter -paired with tights, a cardigan and a pair of nice moccasins I can wear them all day and be as comfortable as wearing a tshirt and leggings or jeans yet still look dressed up.