Tip’s Thoughts: McCalls Fall 2019

It’s that time again! McCalls didn’t wait that long after releasing the early fall to give us these fall patterns did they? Let’s jump in   I have NOT been feeling the 90s trend making a comeback. I was a teen in the 90s and I truly did not need to relive some of those…

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Tips Thoughts: Vogue Fall 2019

Let’s jump right in! I’ve been wanting to make a raincoat for a while now and I think V1460 would be perfect for one. This thing is a bit of a fabric haul requiring between 4-3/8 to 4-7/8 yards of outer fabric, plus 3-1/8 – 4 yards of lining, but I think it will be…

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Tip’s Thoughts: Vogue Summer 2019 Release

Alright I’m back again with summer patterns, this time from Vogue.

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Tip’s Thoughts: Simplicity Spring 2019 Release

It’s that time again! Pattern release review time! Simplicity recently released the Summer 19 catalog.

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Tip’s Thoughts: McCall’s Spring Patterns

So first of all I have no idea how long these patterns have been out because McCall’s homepage still shows Early Spring as the newest patterns and these are definitely a new bunch. Regardless of when they released I’m going to review them so let’s jump in. First up as usual my likes: M7917 is…

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Tip’s Thoughts: Spring Patterns from Simplicity

Finally, Simplicity’s Spring patterns have posted! I’m not sure what took so long because Mimi G and Gertie have been teasing their new patterns for weeks. Speaking of Gertie, she has moved over from Butterick to Simplicity. I have no idea why the change occurred since both companies are now under the same umbrella. Nevertheless…

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2019 Burda and Vogue Spring Thoughts

Both Vogue and Burda have released their spring patterns and I’m sharing my thoughts again. First up Burda! As usual let’s start with what I like. There’s something about the double breasted trench dress view of 6321 that appeals to me. This style dress is a hot trend right now, thanks in part to Megan…

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2018 Spring Patterns Review

I’m starting to have a weird love/hate relationship with patterns. I’m a pattern sewists, sure I draft somethings, but I’ve found most things I dream up or see and want to recreate can be found in a pattern. Or at least I can use a pattern as a starting place and make some mods to…

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Newly Released Avalon Shorts by Peach Patterns

I’m bringing you another new pattern I had the opportunity to test, The Avalon Shorts by Peach Patterns. This pattern is a simple & chic pair of easy-to-wear, pull-on shorts designed for woven (non-stretch) fabrics. They feature side pockets with facing, elastic casing waist and optional decorative ties. The Avalon Shorts also offers 2 alternative hem options.…

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Simplicity 2017 Fall Release

I tend to only do these pattern release reviews when I love a new collection and this is true for this years fall release from Simplicity. This year marks Simplicity’s 90th anniversary and to celebrate they have been bringing back many vintage patterns. Now I haven’t sewn any vintage patterns and they are not necessarily…

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McCalls 2017 Early Spring Patterns

I can’t believe that it is time for the spring (even early spring) patterns to be released. This has been a crappy year for me, but the one good thing is that it passing quickly. I’ve barely sewn any winter wear and the spring patterns are coming out. Oh well good thing I can multitask,…

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McCalls 2016 Fall Pattern: Mixed Feelings

I don’t typically do pattern release reviews, but I felt McCalls did such a great job with their Early Fall 2016 Collection that I had to share my thoughts. (missed it? click here!) Sadly I don’t have the same feeling about this Fall 2016 Collection. Still there were a few I will grab and some…

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McCalls 2016 Early Fall Patterns

I have been eagerly awaiting McCalls Early Fall Patterns because this release was to include the first Beaute’ J’adore patterns! I follow Beaute’s blog and I love her style and the way she is able to take a pattern and transform it into something totally different from the pattern photo. I haven’t purchased many patterns recently.…

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