Welcome to Peplum Palooza AKA the Butterick Fall 2014 Collection.
This morning while sipping on my hazelnut coffee, my morning read was the Butterick fall collection tread on Pattern Review.
I find the opinions so entertaining, I wonder, does the Mccalls Company read those new collection treads on PR too?
Just like the first look on the runway, the first pattern in a sewing pattern collection tells you everything you want to know about what you are about to witness.
Did you gasp out loud? I did.
And if you are thinking, “ what is wrong with this dress?”, EVERYTHING!
Let me illustrate:
An asymmetric peplum with center pleats on an A-line skirt, first you have to get past the “dowdy effect” then you must have a boyish figure because nothing here is going to help balance off your shape except for a really defined waistline and a contrast color belt.
It’s so bad that they had to showcase it in a “busy” houndstooth print to disguise the “horror” of those center pleats.
It is truly bad.
This pattern should have been a View of B6087.
The skirt is the only difference and it doesn’t really warrant it being a pattern by itself, it’s to basic.
Someone mentioned on the PR tread that they would be happy when the defined waistline and gathered skirt look goes away and I can see why, I have no problem with it but when every other dress has the silhouette, it just boring/old very fast.
This silhouette is everywhere from fashion bloggers to mainstream clothing stores, it has lots of potential in terms of fabric choices from holiday evening wear duos like brocade and taffeta to summer combos like cotton and georgette.
But in their defense, (after looking through their color block dress selection) Butterick was due for an updated version of a colorblock sheath.
The colorblock design is very flattering on this one and the trend is not going anywhere anytime soon.
I thought of B6089 has either a Denim or Leather Dress.
Those seams just beg to be topstitched with a tonal leather contrast like this one worn by Rosario Dawson, WOW!
The dresses in the "fall collection" is very "Summer" to me.
Like B6091 which is a classic, I may even get it, but looks like it should have been released in their Spring or Summer collection. I think its a cute shirt dress though, great design lines.
A couple commenters on PR noted that they didn't understand why they used a pattern fabric for the pattern photo for B6090 because it concealed the design lines of the yoke.
This dress reminds me of Carolina Herrera's dresses and what she does, is use alot of vintage design details in conjunction with modern prints and that is how I personally like my vintage, with a modern twist.
This dress would be stunning in all white or red.
I like both of Gertie's patterns.
I like the pencil skirt version of B6094, that back detail is beautiful, it would look spectacular in black with a white lining for the holidays.
And now we get to the Peplum Palooza!
I can barely stand it.
Apart from 6087, they had to do, not one, not two but "5" peplum patterns!
Vogue Patterns gave me hope but back into the rabbit hole they go again.
Obviously, someone out there is obsessed with peplums because they keep releasing new patterns and people must be buying them for them to keep doing that.
But it gets worse:
I didn't think it was possible to make an ugly colorblock jacket...
That high low blazer, really?
These have got to be the worst outerwear selections I've seen in a fall collection in a while.
But hold on, it gets worst:
I mean....... I have nothing, absolutely.....
Thanks Kelroc for letting me know that the collection was out so I can put the review out there.
Good looking out!