April issue Vogue patterns – dresses
Some of the new season Vogues are a joy for people who’re fascinated by how patterns work.
The last few pattern issues have been mainly sheath and vintage dresses. I know those shapes are current but I don’t wear them myself and have difficulty working up any interest. Don’t see many people round here wearing them either, even though this is a young university suburb. Many short skirts, leggings and sweaters, but not dresses. Perhaps it’s different at corporate offices or parties in a big city.
I’m also becoming interested in flounces – though only in moderation.
Anyway, this set of Vogues has so much I want to mention this post got very long. So I’ve made 2 sections, this one on dresses, and another on separates, jackets and bags.
Yes these are dresses, but ‘interesting’ ones, not just sheaths (which are a very Classic style )
The most common current dress shapes are :
- close fitted sheath,
- vintage 50s – fitted bodice and big skirt,
- classic shirt-waist.
These patterns add :
- drapes, swathes, flounces.
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Shift dresses, some with colour blocking
Very Easy Vogue 8806 – similar but with set in sleeves, different yoke placement, and a hood. I can see myself in this as a top or tunic.
Vogue 1300 – a simple elegant flounced shift from DKNY, another possibility for a top. And another I might wear myself.
Now this is more for me
Vogue 1301 – fascinating options from Koos. Could be a thigh length tunic.
Very Easy Vogue 8807 – a simpler version swirling from a yoke. Another I think could make a good top or tunic.
Drapes and flounces from designers
Vogue 1304 – lots of shaping interest from Lialia. If you’ve got the right body to go inside it
Vogue 1302 – close swathes from Kay Unger. Again lovely if you’ve got the shape for it, but not something I could wear myself.
Vogue 1305 – oh joy, something really interesting from Lialia. Not for me to wear, but understanding how it works as a pattern gives me great pleasure. Are the two versions actually the same dress with 2 different neck openings ?
Wow, a pattern that actually looks better on a body than in a line diagram.
But another style that leaves nowhere for a less than perfect shape to hide.
Vogue 8813 – drapes from Marcy Tilton.
Well, hiding bodies maybe, but Vogue recommends this for the pear shaped. Hmm, thanks but no thanks. I like crafters’ smocks, but wouldn’t feel flattered in this – though I can imagine people I know who have a different body shape and would love this.
Are these separates or a colour blocked dress ?
Vogue 1310 – more elegance, in bias lines from Chado Ralph Rucci.
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Not much I would wear myself, but great pattern interest and pleasure.
My second post, about new patterns for separates, has styles I’ll be more likely to wear.
Which do you enjoy ?
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Patterns available May 2012
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