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what patterns are you inspired to sew right now?
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Date: 8/5/10 4:33 AM

I'm finding all these US pattern releases irritating - I'm not interested in sewing a coat, I'm dying for short sleeves and bare legs! So I'd love to know what patterns are inspiring other PRers? What styles are going to be big?

Personally I'm in the mood for dresses right now. I seem to have patterns for quite a few full skirted styles lined up, and am thinking of some light blue linen that I've never sewn with before. What are you planning to sew?

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Date: 8/5/10 5:17 AM

I'm the same as you, ClaireEmily -- I'm thinking of full-skirted dresses too.

I've got McCall's 4769 cut out of tissue but not altered yet. I need a very big FBA before I go anywhere else.


I also find myself tempted by Vintage Vogue 1171:


What I really need is more shirts, and more plain trousers for the office, but they just don't seem very exciting right now!

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Date: 8/5/10 6:09 AM

Oh I like the McCall's - very classic. What's your fabric? The Vogue is I style I've never worn so I'm a bit afraid of collars like that. No reason really that it wouldn't work, and it is a cute style. That's the nice thing about sewing is that you can go a bit more daring!

I was thinking Simplicity 3673 the full version in a lighter fabric that I could wear with a top under for now, and sleeveless for later.
Also I've been wanting to make Simplcity 2588 (short sleeves, full skirt) out of linen since last summer
and also Simplicity 2591

None of these are really on-trend but I guess I don't care. Not loving all that 80's business around now, and it does nothing for me anyway.

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Date: 8/5/10 6:42 AM

Funny, I was going to post about Simplicity 3673 as well! And Simplicity 2591 is on my wish list. We must have similar taste :)

This retro stuff is actually bang on trend, I believe -- maybe slightly ahead of the pack in this part of the world, but I'm certain we'll see more of the old styles coming into the shops. There is a Mad Men-fuelled backlash against the sloppy unflattering fashions of today (yes, 1980s, I'm looking at you) and I believe women will go back to more fitted and feminine styles.

For the McCall's shirt dress, I have a lovely cotton type fabric with a very slight sheen to it, in a faded blue with tiny flowers all over it. I think it'll be perfect, but time will tell on that one!

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Date: 8/5/10 7:59 AM

I have my eye on the shorts in one of my Patrones issues, and actually just cut out the sleeveless tee in the July Knipmode (I don't really do the big 4 patterns).

Oh, and I really want to try a vest after trying a RTW one on a few weeks ago. Also some batwing type tops - them are quite comfy and not too unflattering :)

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Date: 8/5/10 8:22 AM

We must have similar taste :)


Well this is my wishlist taste. Sadly I do wear jeans and a T-shirt quite a bit but would love to wear dresses if I had enough time to make them!!




This retro stuff is actually bang on trend, I believe -- maybe slightly ahead of the pack in this part of the world, but I'm certain we'll see more of the old styles coming into the shops. There is a Mad Men-fuelled backlash against the sloppy unflattering fashions of today (yes, 1980s, I'm looking at you) and I believe women will go back to more fitted and feminine styles.


I find that very interesting. I work on a University campus so mostly notice what 18-25 year olds are wearing and it is really not pretty.



For the McCall's shirt dress, I have a lovely cotton type fabric with a very slight sheen to it, in a faded blue with tiny flowers all over it. I think it'll be perfect, but time will tell on that one!

Sounds lovely. Finding great fabric is really half the battle =)
(sorry about the wierd quote thing - I really can't figure out how to interleave)

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Date: 8/5/10 8:25 AM

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Oh, and I really want to try a vest after trying a RTW one on a few weeks ago. Also some batwing type tops - them are quite comfy and not too unflattering :)

Vests is one of those styles that I do love on other people and in principle but find hard to wear myself. Maybe I haven't found the right one yet! What are you thinking of wearing it with? I white T-shirt 80s style, or more dressy with a blouse?

I;ve seen lots of batwing stuff around at Uni so I'd say that's pretty on trend too.

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Date: 8/5/10 8:44 AM

ClaireEmily, thanks so much for starting this thread. I'm soooo sick of winter! We all must be. I don't sew a lot in springtime, too busy outside enjoying the sunshine, so I'd like to sew a few things now while it's still cold. The thing is, I'm not sure exactly what yet, so this thread is very timely. All I know is it will be patterns from my stash. Nothing in the pattern books has inspired me lately.

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Date: 8/5/10 2:10 PM

I'm sitting here in 100 degree heat, looking at Fall sewing. We are still in the throws of summer here in Virginia. I can give a two thumbs up for the McCalls Perfect Knit Dress #5974 View A. I've never had such an easy, breezy dress. Also get a lot of nice comments when wearing it. I'm still looking for the perfect woven dress. I have to stay away from fitted waistlines, because I'm short/high waisted. There is one I like and made a lot from last summer, Butterick 5024(might be out of print by now)I liked viewB, but I wish it had a little sleeve to it. I'm going to enjoy following this thread. I think "summer" sewing is the most fun.

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Date: 8/5/10 7:08 PM

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I find that very interesting. I work on a University campus so mostly notice what 18-25 year olds are wearing and it is really not pretty.

I bet that's because they don't remember the 1980s themselves. Those of us who were around at the time, even just barely, are generally running a mile from those styles. I know I am
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