New Pattern Roundup for May 2017

June 2, 2017   /   byMichelle  / Categories :  Feeds

The month of May is now in the books, and in the northern hemisphere, we are headed into summer. May’s new pattern releases are a clear indication of this, too. Let’s take a look!

Blank Slate – Austin Tee

Spring weather has finally hit Seattle, and I’ve been seeing tie-bottom tees everywhere since temperatures warmed. Blank Slate offers their version of this trend with the Austin tee. As with most Blank Slate top patterns, there are a variety of views to choose from, including split or scoop neck and tie band or no tie band, plus four sleeve length options.

Blank Slate – Austin Tee

Blank Slate – Barton Shorts

The Barton shorts started as a one-off pattern that Melissa from Blank Slate drafted for herself, then offered as a freebie in one size on her site. She had enough requests to release the Bartons as a pattern that she graded the shorts to her full size range (up to 3X) and has now offered it for sale. I think the retro styling here is really cute, and with inseam pockets, they’re also practical for things like walking the dog(s).

Blank Slate – Barton Shorts

Cashmerette – Lenox Shirtdress

It’s no secret that I test patterns from time to time. However, because of my limited sewing time, I’m pretty picky about the patterns that I choose to test, but when the opportunity to test the Lenox shirtdress (the Pattern Formerly Known as the Montgomery Shirtdress) came across my Inbox, I actually “squee’ed” at my desk. Seriously, this pattern checked all of my wishlist items for a shirtdress: Cup sizes up to a G Cup? Princess seams? Check. Waist seam? Check. Full-ish skirt? Check. Pockets? Check. Open neckline? Check.

In any case, I was very happy that the Lenox was released this month so that I could finally share my test version and make more using the finalized pattern. I try to be fairly objective with my pattern roundups, but I really can’t help gushing over this one. Shirtdress fans, you won’t be disappointed.

Cashmerette – Lenox shirtdress

Itch to Stitch – Lago tank (free)

Just in time for summer, in the Northern hemisphere at least, Itch to Stitch has released a free knit tank pattern. While there are a few free woven tank and a few free knit t-shirt patterns floating around, I haven’t seen many free knit tanks, so this pattern nicely fills a niche if you’re looking for a quick, cheap, and easy garment to sew.

Itch to Stitch – Lago tank

Love Notions – Rhapsody Blouse

I know that a lot of people in our Facebook group are fans of Love Notions patterns, and their new pattern looks like the perfect summer blouse for curvy sewists, given its open neckline, separate pattern pieces for busts up to DD cups, and current styling with its peasant blouse feel.

Love Notions – Rhapsody blouse

McCall’s – Summer 2017 Collection

I haven’t been too enamored with the Summer collections released by the Big 4 so far; however, the McCall’s collection does have a few interesting garment options. It was easier for me to pick selections for this post out of this collection than any of the other Big 4 Summer collections so far this year.

M7606 – Misses’ off-the-shoulder body suits and wrap skirts

Love ’em or hate ’em, those 90’s fashion mainstays–body suits–appear to be back in style, and we’re seeing more and more patterns for them pop up in various places. M7606 comes with two different body suit styles (both of which feature the now-ubiquitous off-the-shoulder look) and a wrap skirt pattern.

M7606 – Misses’ body suits and wrap skirt

M7591 – Misses’ Dresses

M7591 caught my eye because it appears to be fairly similar to a VERY popular Lisette/Butterick pattern from a few years ago, with the M7591 being a bit simpler, and geared towards knits and lightweight, drapey wovens. I can see this one being fairly popular with our readers.

M7591 – Misses’ dresses

M7602 – Misses’ Mock Wrap Top (with cup sizes)

If you can look past the awful fabric choices for the sample, M7602 is a nice summer top, at its bones. Even better–it has cup sizes, and who doesn’t love cup sizes? There are also enough design options included in this pattern that you could make it several times without getting bored.

M7602 – Misses’ Mock Wrap tops

Scroop Patterns (by The Dreamstress) – Ngaio Blouse

We tend to see a lot of similar designs for woven summer blouse patterns–woven shells, woven tees, camp shirts, and peasant blouses, etc. I can’t think of a single other current design that’s similar to the Ngaio, though–a vintage-inspired woven blouse with a twist front and empire waist. Not only is a cute design, but it also comes in bust cup sizes up to an F cup!

Scroop – Ngaio blouse

StyleArc – May release

StyleArc was very busy with releasing new patterns in May. I won’t try to cover them all, but like with the Big 4 collections, I’ll highlight a few that I found particularly interesting.

StyleArc – Peony Woven Dress

StyleArc used release the occasional clearly-inspired-by-Kate-Middleton design, although they haven’t done so in quite a while. They seem to be back on the Kate-inspired designs, with the new Peony dress.

StyleArc – Peony woven dress

StyleArc – Casey Coat

For those of you in the southern hemisphere, May’s releases included a very on-trend new coat pattern. It’s got a cocoon shape, panel seams, in-seam pockets, and a zip front:

StyleArc – Casey Coat

StyleArc – Besharl Tee

If you’re looking for a simple tee without a lot of seaming but with the potential for design creativity, the Besharl tee might be the pattern for you. There are angled inserts in the front, and a columnar insert in the back, which could be used for color blocking, adding lace, or other details.

StyleArc – Besharl Tee

Tilly & the Buttons – Etta dress

So, um… I have to be honest. I know that we have a decent number of Tilly fans here, but there’s absolutely nothing about her latest dress that appeals to me. In my personal style, I am not a sheath dress wearer, nor do I like high necklines like the one on the Etta. But Tilly is a big name, and I’m betting that some of you love this–just not me.

Tilly & the Buttons – Etta dress

Final Thoughts

I love the tester version of the Lenox shirtdress that I made, and I’d like to make a few more this summer. I also finally jumped on the Love Notions bandwagon with the Rhapsody blouse–it’s on my shortlist for summer tops. The McCall’s dress with the keyhole neck opening, is cute, too. What were your favorite new releases this month?

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Hello! I’m Jade, welcome to my little sewing sanctuary in sunny South Wales. I am relatively new to the realms of dressmaking and have only really been getting to know my way around a sewing machine for the past three years. By day I work in an office-based role in Bristol but by night can be found in my little sewing haven, musing over my next big make.

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I have always been a creative individual and have enjoyed crafting from a young age. At university I studied Graphic Design, which instilled my admiration of beautiful craftsmanship and contemporary design. There was a time when I believed my love for fashion and textiles would be limited to high street trending ready-to-wear garments. Learning of the wonderful indie sewing makers movement really changed all of this for me and after pouring over many inspirational sewing blogs (including Tilly and the Buttons!), I wanted in! In the beginning I attended a brilliant beginners dressmaking class and learnt basic skills and techniques but soon realised that if I was going to take the next step I’d need to make some room at home to build upon these skills!

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Quirky storage boxes and prettily patterned tins are a bit of a weak spot – I love a good storage solution! Not only do I find it quite therapeutic categorising all of my notions, tools, threads, patterns and fabric but I also find it much easier to pick up a project if I know where everything is. Working in the week means that sewing time is precious in the evenings and this is why having a dedicated sewing space is so great, as it saves time having to set things up and pack things away all of the time. I try and sew a few times a week but generally have more time to get stuck into a project over the weekend, usually with a nice cup of tea and some biccies.

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I’m not much of a fabric hoarder and only really have two main stashes of fabric. Interestingly my stashes mainly comprise of patterned fabrics that I’ve had for a couple of years now before I discovered my fondness for plainer fabrics. I love interesting prints but soon realised that although the pieces I’d bought were really striking, often they wouldn’t be something that I would necessarily wear. Nowadays I tend to gravitate towards plain, bold coloured fabrics and sew them up straight away, so they don’t hang about for long!

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