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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Butterick goes old school

The new Buttericks for fall are up and much to my extreme surprise there are a few I will definitely be getting and definitely making (as opposed to the general collecting and dust gathering I am more familiar with).

These are real life clothes.

In fact it has been a while since I have seen a collection with so many wearable staples. (Note none of these picks are the full skirted waisted dresses that I can assume someone, somewhere is making).

A good basic coat - crazily described as unlined which annoys me. If you don't need a lining you don't need a coat. Don't make it easy by making it bad - fortunately adding a lining to something like this is easy. 

But don't you think if either of these coats below were hanging in your closet don't you think you would reach for them? These are the kinds of coats that you put your hand on when the other hand has the car keys.

I think the first coat would be practical and ladylike in a soft wool and the second on would work if it had more buttons.

I also liked this jacket, again another shawl collar, as something you could wear with pants or a slim skirt for a casual suit or just to cover up a T shirt. Again not going to change the world but practical and not every day changes the world, or at least mine don't: 

I also liked, and would probably wear a lot of, these shirt views. I am getting tired of droopy tunics with my pants and these are good around-the-house and the around-the-neighbourhood basics:

Finally here is this unexciting staple but it comes with the FBA already done which is worthwhile. You never know when you might need a shell and you could always play around with the neckline if you wanted to:

Maybe if Butterick could find a place as a location for TNT's it might finally find a home in the BMV corporate model.


Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

I liked that coat too! Also a dress for me and a dress for the grand babies. You can definitely tell The McCall Pattern Company has been listening and is trying harder.

Janet said...

I totally hear you about the droopy tunics with pants. I love the Tilton's but I just didn't get swept up this time. I like the coats too. Thanks for helping me look twice at the jacket (the drawing in lime green….)

Pearl K said...

Thanks for the heads up on the Butterick patterns - I've got five patterns on my list. I don't remember the last time I had that many!

Jane M said...

We are so on the same sewing wavelength. I amine edit a warm but practical wool coat or two now that we are back north for winter. I was pleased to see those first two for the reasons you described. Just like I don't need full dresses with waists I also don't need a belted wool coat. Those two look so wearable and appealing and wrath the effort.

Mary said...

Yes, I agree with you and am thrilled with this season's choices. I like everyday clothes with a splash of urban chic.

badmomgoodmom said...

I really like the tab front shirts, too.

Blue Azure Sewing said...

Hi, I'm really liking the blog :-) I was wondering what the reference for the pattern of the shirt view is (picture 3) as I can't find it on their website and I don't have access to their fall catalogue. Hope it's not too much trouble to ask.
Many thanks,

Blue Azure Sewing said...

Sorry, fourth view I meant, the white shirt. So sorry !

Anonymous said...

Love all the patterns, but will I have time to make them ?