Amazing that it’s the July edition already! I suspect this issue is a slow burner, nothing spectacular but several patterns for separates that might prove useful. Having worn only t-shirts for most of my life I’ve recently decided that I should try to wear more casual blouses made out of woven fabrics; not only do they look more stylish but they tend not to get as tatty quite so fast.
Incidentally this issue has lots to “useful tips” about how to cover upper arms, small bulges and flabby thighs (is it the first time this has happened? I can’t remember seeing similar tips in previous issues). I must admit I find this a bit off-putting; I don’t want to make something because it covers up some of the less salubrious bits of my body, I want to make things that are stylish and look good on me.
Dress 131 also caught my eye as it’s very similar to LK Bennett’s Davina dress, which has been a mainstay of their collection for the last couple of years and looks very sexy on almost everyone. When I saw the picture I assumed it was made of a crepe or similar but actually it’s been made out of seersucker. Actually I’m a bit puzzled about seersucker as I thought this was a thinnish cotton material with puckered stripes running through it, suitable for lightweight summer shirts and so on. Sometimes you see references to seersucker suits in American novels and the slapdash seamstress referred to a seersucker social recently. Does seersucker mean something different in American? I think American muslin is nearer to what I would call calico than English muslin which is a very light cloth and dupion seems to get called dupioni elsewhere.
Lastly I also liked dress 109 which looks very similar to something you might find in Cos (even the colours are right). If the weather warms up I might make this!
Many of the plus size dresses are also lovely, but as I can’t fit into them and have no pattern grading skills I’ve chosen to pretend they don’t exist.