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Vogue patterns, Spring 2011

Thanks for the comments on the storyboards – I will make a tutorial and get it up soon!  The new Vogue patterns are finally up on the website, so here are my favorites (I have been dying to post about these since I saw the magazine scans on Adrienne’s blog!)

1220 – Donna Karan

This is my favorite of the new collection.  This is sort of a modern shirtdress, and I can imagine it being flattering on almost any body type.  I like the waistline pleats, the neckline, and the generous sash.  It calls for stretch wovens, and I will make it in as stretch cotton sateen (I’m imagining a dark, saturated red.)

1218 -Donna Karan

A very simple design, but a glance at the line drawing shows some fun diagonal seaming on the front.  I’m not sure what sort of fabric this is made of, and I couldn’t find it online to check.  It calls for 2 way stretch knits, but I’d imagine you need a knit with a good amount of structure – maybe a light rayon doubleknit?


1225 – Tracy Reese

This looks like a great casual dress.  I’ve already chosen fabric for it – an almost tye-dyed rayon jersey in jewel tones (see my flickr account for a photo.)  The pattern appears to call for making a petticoat, which I would not do.  I have one already, should I feel inspired, but I don’t generally like that much volume.

1224 – Tracy Reese

Another knit dress pattern from Tracy Reese.  I love her designs, and own all of her patterns (as well as a few of her dresses,) but I’ve never made one.  Her designs often call for fabrics I don’t like working with, mostly sheer or slippery silks (I also don’t like drycleaning, another reason to avoid silk!)  I’m also planning her dress with the shoulder bows from the winter collection, should I find a fabric I like!  Back to this pattern – this is rated very easy, and I expect to see plenty of these made up.  It’s a simple design, but the shape is very current, and it looks comfortable.

1232 and 1233 – Pamella Roland

I’ve never heard of Pamella Roland, but I think both these dresses are pretty!  Are they for me?  It depends… I would need to see them made up.  I will admit to owning at least one skirt that has a hem similar to 1232, and I love it – but I never wear it because I always feel overdressed.  1233 has a great 1970s vibe – doesn’t it looks just like some of the Vogue designer patterns of that era?  I’m not sure it would work on me, so it’s also in the maybe pile.  I can’t wait to see someone else make it up!

So those are my favorites!  I also like the belt pattern, but I’m not sure I need to make belts when I can buy them so cheaply.  In addition, there is a really pretty watercolor Anne Klein dress, but I’ve had bad luck with Anne Klein – both the patterns, and the clothes.  The other new designer is Vena Cava.  I sort of liked the little slipdress, until I realized that the ruffles were only on one side.  I am strongly in favor of symmetry (although I know that asymmetry is very “now.”)  The other dress is sort of shapeless, which won’t work on me. I’m not in love with any of the non-designer patterns.  I usually like the “very easy very Vogue” dress patterns, but there aren’t any this time (as though I needed more dress patterns!)

Overall it’s a good collection – not too much crazy, and at least three patterns that I need. I am not buying any fabric this month, but after that I will look for a sateen to make the Donna Karan dress!



10 thoughts on “Vogue patterns, Spring 2011

  1. Oh, I SO love the Donna Karen 1220, too! My favorite, by far. And I had the same thought as you – a rich red cotten sateen – which, amazingly (not really) I already have in the ole stash! Here is the fabric I have:
    Except I have it in ‘Merlot’, which doesn’t seem to be available anymore. But this ‘Dark Red’ looks delish, too! 🙂
    Thanks for the unending inspiration!

  2. Love 1224! In fact, love it so much that I’m already shopping for fabric. I have little experience with knits and I never know if I’m picking the right fabric. Do you think that either of these fabrics will work (content ok?):

    sorry I can’t seem to shorten the links…

  3. I’m super excited about these new ones as well. If you like everything else about the Vena Cava dress, you could always put the ruffles on the other side for symmetry. Also, I have begun to wash my silks in the washing machine after reading lots of other bloggers who do so, and it washes up very well. Silk is a really strong fiber. I’m not sure why it’s got a reputation for dry clean only.

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