Thursday, July 29, 2010

Contemporary Pattern Lust

I have a confession to make....Lately, I've found myself becoming more and more interested in contemporary sewing patterns. There! I said it!

I used to make everything from vintage sewing patterns, but ever since I've been a member of Burda Style and have been reading more and more contemporary fashion sewing blogs, I've started to lust after several specific patterns. So enamored am I, that I am seriously considering adding these to my pattern collection and swapping out several vintage patterns to make room for them!

I have seen the Beignet skirt literally everywhere on the web lately. High waisted designs really suit my figure and I've become accustomed to making lots of buttonholes, so the bazillion buttons on the front aren't as intimidating as they look!

The Sew Convert has made several lovely versions of the Macaron dress and, of course, I have seen many other versions out there. Again, I think this would suit my figure and the endless fabric combination possibilities are an exciting prospect.

Although I've been gravitating towards more fitted designs lately, I'm still a sucker for a good pair of comfy wide-leg trousers! The plaid version is featured on the Sew Tessuti blog. The only drawback about this pattern? It's from 2007 and is out of print!

Cute and simple tops. I fear that I may have to withdraw my pledge to take part in Self Stitched September because I'm only averaging the completion of one garment per week and I don't have enough handmade clothing to wear every single day of September. I need to focus on simple separates like this top if I want to make any progress at all! The lovely red gingham version is featured on the Bura Ellen blog.

I immediately fell in love when I saw these cute denim shorts on Burda Style (made by DarcyFarcy and featured on the front page for a couple days, too!). I like that she didn't make the bubble version pictured on the envelope, which looks completely odd. I may be able to make these before the end of summer (fingers crossed)!

Another high waisted skirt that I've seen just about everywhere lately. Erica B. just posted her version of this skirt several days ago and it is so incredibly pretty! I like the attached belt that ties into a bow in the front.

I'm not wild about all of the tops included in this pattern, but I do love the view with the dolman sleeves that was made by Satomi and posted on Burda Style. It looks slouchy (that's a good thing), stylish and comfy all at the same time.

A free pattern from Burda Style that I've recently downloaded - the Kasia skirt. And, since it's free, there are many different inspiring versions out there....180+ completed Kasia skirts can be found on Burda Style alone! I already have the fabric chosen to make this. Soon.....

And last, but not least, these high waist Marilyn trousers from Burda Style. I like the pleats at the front and the tapered legs. These are going to be my next sewing project! I have already downloaded it and pieced it together + I purchased some lovely brown herringbone suiting fabric to make them - YAY!


  1. Ooooer, I love the Cynthia Rowley skirt! Monique xx

  2. Thanks for bringing the Kasia to my attention! And it's free as well! :) I second on the Colette Patterns. I've just made the Sencha blouse (which I love) and have the Beignet in my queue. Am a little concerned about the buttons, but mainly because the button hole function on my machine seems to be playig up.