Named Clothing released a highly stylized look book inspired by Royal women with 8 (EIGHT!) new patterns beautifully displayed in glossy magazine fashion. Paper Cut Patterns also released 10 new patterns styled in a nautical theme. Collections take me a while to absorb. I love the cohesive presentation and the pretty pictures, but it takes some processing to evaluate which of these patterns I'm actually interested in. Of these two mega releases I'm drawn to the styles above. We all know I heart wide leg pants, and I'm intrigued by the wrap construction of the Astrid Wrap Pants from Named. I also love the idea that the lowly turtleneck is going to be a fashion statement, but I'm not sure I need a completely new pattern to make one. I love the loose fit and the subtle peplum of the Papercut Moana. It seems like an easy wearing summer staple.
Deer and Doe released a much more manageable group of three new spring patterns with a total of 5 variations. I wasn't so hot for this collection until I saw Katie's Meliot and realized I must have it. Along the same lines as the medium release is Colette releasing two simple patterns in each month's Seamwork magazine. I love the styling of this month's issue, and honestly I've been wondering when the bolo tie was going to make a comeback for a while now (not kidding).
I like the focused attention of the single pattern release. I revel in inspiration posts, sew alongs, and styling ideas that a thoughtful individual release garners. It's pure sewist entertainment even if I don't buy the pattern. A single patterns release with lots of tester projects completely eliminates any uncertainty as to whether a new pattern is for me. I will be revisiting the Named lookbook, but probably won't drain my paypal account just yet.
How about you? Which new spring designs are on your must-sew list?