The latest collection by Simplicity has just hit stores and I have to say that I think it’s a pretty solid release!  It’s a nice mix of transition pieces, costumes, and vintage reprints.  Let’s take a look:


S8413 – This simple tank dress is not something I feel I need to add to my collection, but I am liking the kimono inspired jacket.  I can see how this would be a great transitional piece though, easy to layer as the temperatures change.


S8414 – Cynthia Rowley.  The Cynthia Rowley patterns are usually quite popular, and I think this design is very on trend.  It’s not exactly my personal style, but I could see this being a popular pattern come fall.  The large number of pin tucks on the line drawing make it look like it would be a fun, but precise sewing project.


S8415 – A simpler take on the same style as the Cythina Rowley design.  I’m predicting sheath dresses with sleeve flounces will be everywhere this year.


S8416 – This might be the new definition of a mullet top, because it’s definitely business in the front party in the back.  I’m not sure how I feel about the shirt with the ties down the back (I’m seeing straight jacket), and the fully open back would feel very exposed, but I could see putting lace or some sheer material in the pleat on the back to give it a bit of interest, add coverage, and keep it cool during the transitional season.


S8417 – Ruffly boxy top.  We’ve seen a lot of these.  Moving on…


S8418 – Ok, I know we’ve had a lot of bomber jacket offerings lately, but I really like the lines on this one.  Pockets would be nice, but they shouldn’t be too hard to add.  Love the raglan sleeve though.


S8419 – Simple draped shawl/cardigan pattern.  Looks very simple, but would be nice to play with some pretty draping fabrics.


S8420 – It’s a pretty basic skirt, but it has lots of pocket options.  Not the most exciting thing, but if this is a good silhouette for you, you can get a lot of variation and detail with one pattern.


S8421 – More basic skirts.  Good for new sewers.



S8422 – I was all set to say I’ve got enough legging patterns, but I LOVE the details on some of these.



S8423 – I was thinking these tops would be great for working out it, but then I saw the sleeve on the black top.  I know it’s probably just a figure skater thing, but I hate when I have saggy armpits on sleeves.  Not that I couldn’t correct that, but I’ll probably just stick with the patterns I’ve already got and give this one a pass.


S8424 – This is a nice mix of patterns for dance wear.


S8425 – Another set of some pretty boxy looking pieces.  However!  There is no sleeve flounce so that’s a bit of a relief.


S8426 – Mimi G. Style.  I’m OBSESSED with this pattern.  I’ve seen it advertised for a while now, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of it.  Love the silhouette, proportions, and fabric mixing options.


S8427 – Mimi G. Style.  Nice to see one of the designers branching out into men’s patterns.  It’s a pretty standard shirt, but the collar has some interesting shaping that gives it a touch of unique style.


S8445 – 1950s Vintage Reprint.  I always love seeing how many fitting darts are on these older patterns, Especially when comparing to the newer patterns that are such simple rectangles.


S8446 – 1950s Vintage Reprint.  Love the waistband detail on this poodle skirt – it gives it a unique take on a common reprint/costume classic.


S8447 – 1940s Vintage Reprint.  I’m sort of obsessed with this Rosie the Riveter vibe going on here.  It’s not common to get a pants reprint, so I might have to scoop up this pattern.


S8448 – 1950s Vintage Reprint.  Swoon.  I’m in love with this dress!  It’s absolutely stunning.  The vest/bolero cover up I could leave, but the neckline of this dress is gorgeous.


S8439 – Not a reprint, but the inspiration could definitely fit it in with the vintage collection.  I really like the crossed top bodice; lovely mixing of fabrics on the model.


S8438 – Dottie Angel.  The Dottie Angel patterns are never quite my vibe, but if this is your style, there are some fun pocket options on these skirts.


S8435 – Madalynne.  I do like how this would achieve a tank like top that will prevent ribbed knit fabric from rolling up.  However, the crotch area looks awfully narrow.  Again, probably a weird skater thing, but I like having a bit more coverage on that region.  Even if this is intended for other things to be worn over it.


S8436 – Madalynne.  Another bra/underwear set by this designer.


S8437 – Madalynne.  A strapless bra/thong set.  I’m just wondering how well the strapless bra would actually work?  It doesn’t look to have a lot of structure, but its a bit hard to tell in the photo.


S8431 – A Black Canary inspired DC Comics Bombshell look.  Love the top and the skirt, even if they weren’t being used for a comics inspired costume.


S8432 – Another DC Comics Bombshell pattern.  The bat logo on the front is super cute.


S8433 – A third DC comics Bombshell.  This one is for Stargirl, though my first thought was, ooooh, Captain America.  Yes, Marvel and DC fans, you can start leaving hate comments now.


S8434 – The super popular Harley Quinn. Lots of cute accessories in this costume pattern too.


S8444 – Lolita costume pattern.  I’ve never really had a desire to try Lolita fashion, but some part of me can appreciate the fabric and effort that goes into making all those frills.


S8443 – Lolita accessories.  They do pair well with the previous pattern.






S8428, S8429, S8430 – The kids patterns are actually pretty cute.  You can definitely see the adult trends trickling down into the looks for the younger set.







S8440, S8441, S8442 – Lots of stuffed toys in this release.  The penguin is pretty cute, but just look at this lama:

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You guys I wants the lama!  It’s so cute!

Yeah.  Might have to get the lama.

And that’s it!  I’m pretty excited by the Mimi G. jumpsuit and the vintage patterns myself. What do you all think?  See anything that gets you inspired to sew for fall? Or has the barely arrived summer prevented you from wanting to even think about sewing long sleeves for a few months yet?  Feel free to discuss in the comments!

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