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New vintage reissues!

Butterick and New Look have released their Spring patterns.  New Look doesn’t have anything I’m interested in, but there were a few patterns I really liked from Butterick, including new vintage reissues!   Here are my picks:

5605 and 5603 are the new vintage releases.  Both are on my spring/summer sewing list.  I like the open back on 5605, and both the version with bows and the tie sleeves on 5603.  Either could be a day dress, though on the site 5603 is made up bridesmaid style.  I love 50s dresses!

5606 is the second infinite dress I’ve seen this year (there is another in the spring Burda patterns.)    I was obsessed with the infomercials for the infinite dress in the early 90s, so I’m pretty sure I need one of these.  I do wonder how it looks from the back – the panels appear to wrap from back there, and unlike some infinity dresses the dress isn’t strapless.

There are also these two new Suzi Chin patterns:

The product shot for the trench dress isn’t so good, but the drawing is super cute.   The trench dress seems to be having a moment right now, and this one looks cute (the modeled shot is less cute, but look at the potential!)  I already bought the new McCall’s trench dress pattern, but I will probably get this one as well – it is quite different.  I also really like the halter-neck dress above, but I won’t be buying it – halters do not flatter me, but if they work for you I think this is a cute option!  Love the pockets in the pleats.

Fridays are a day off for me, and I spent my day off at the eye doctor’s.  I went to a new doctor, because my old office was one of those places with multiple doctors, and I felt like they never knew who I was.  I was very excited that the new doctor had a special camera to take photos of my eyes, rather than use the dilation drops – so much better!  Eye doctors are fond of trying to convince me that I should get lasik, but I’m not so sure I’m down with that.  Yes, my eyes are bad (left eye is -9, and the right is -6.5.)  I just don’t like the idea of having surgery on my eyes, and then possibly still needing glasses.  It’s true that I would like my eyes to be more even (I have the hardest time with glasses for that reason!) but I’m not sure the investment would be worth it for me.  I did get a new glasses prescription (still waiting on my try-on frames, the company was mentioned in the NY Times and they are slammed with orders!) and a new type of contact lenses to try.

On the way home I stopped at Joann’s to see if the new Vogues were in for the sale.  They were, and these are my choices:

I already have fabric for the two Tracy Reese dresses and the Donna Karan knit dress.   I also saw the new Burdas, which looked very nice.  I have yet to make a Burda pattern (I only own one) but maybe this will be the year!  I might go ahead and start spring sewing soon – I will be ready when warm weather finally arrives!