Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Pattern Review Contest - Expo '09

A few posts ago, I mentioned my excitement about the upcoming American Sewing Expo that will take place here in Michigan in September. This will be my 3rd year attending, and they've got an all-star cast this year for instructors: Kenneth King, Sandra Betzina, and Pati Palmer, to name just a few.

Yes, I know I'm supposed to be doing school work, but this is really important! I've already finished half of the essays, but desperately need a break!
Anyhow, there is a new contest taking place this year, which is sponsored by Pattern Review. Contestants may choose any of the "Best of..." patterns since 2005, and make their own version. I own three from the list, but these 2 are my contenders: Vogue 8379 and Butterick 4790.
The Vogue was my first pick, when the list of options was only "Best Patterns of 2008". I was thinking black jersey embellished with hand-stitching and beadwork along the neckline or hem. A lot of work for me, who has never done beadwork on a garment before! Black on black would be so chic and elegant, something that I could actually wear if the judges don't think it's so great.

Today the contest Gods smiled down and more options opened up, and now I am considering the Butterick, which makes me think of Summerset. Could she knock this one out of the park, or what? Oh crap, she just might. Maybe I should shut up now...
The 2-color view is my favorite, and I know it has a lot of potential, but I'm not sure what I would do with it yet. I like the idea of a flash of color inside the skirt, or a really fancy contrast trim. Maybe a more casual version in a solid with some hand-painted embellishment on the skirt hem?
I have until August 15 to enter, so give me your feedback. These 2 patterns couldn't be more different, but what do you think???

10 comments:

gwensews said...

The Butterick pattern does have a lot of design potential. I am thinking--the back would be awesome made with 2 layers. The bottom layer out of a solid, and a top layer of a sheer print.

Trudy Callan said...

I have the original of the Butterick pattern. I haven't made it yet. It's on my list. I would also love to make the Vogue. I have yet to make a wrap dress, and I really, really want to.

www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

I love the vogue dress, it is one of my favorites. It is a touch short-waisted, but the alteration is super-simple, so you won't have to spend too much time working on your "canvas" and can work on your embellishment instead. On the other hand, the Butterick would give you a great opportunity for using contrasting fabric...even using a third contrasting fabric as a lining for the skirt that would peek out when you walk. Yes, I am no help whatsoever, I know!!!

Amanda S. said...

I have the retro Butterick in my stash as well. One thing to note is many people have had trouble with it. It doesn't stay in place and pulls forward. I really want to make this dress as well, but am trying to figure out a way to modify it with another pattern and put a zipper on the inner dress. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

BeeBee said...

I like the Butterick, it's so different than what you see walking around day - to - day. And there's a lot of potential for really making it unique with trims, embroidery, bobbin work. Don't worry, I won't be upstaging you, LOL. Though I do hope to be there and see it in person.

Bunny said...

Love the Butterick. This has so many possibilities. Can't wait to see what you decide.

Alexandra said...

I vote for the Vogue ...in black with beading as you suggested. It would take you more places and, while elegant, would be practical as well. I also love that new BWF dress you just completed. I must say, I am beyond impressed at how much sewing you do. You are a real inspiration ...and I thank you for that. Yeah ...for sure!!

Lindsay T said...

I vote for the Vogue and then pushing yourself to try something new.

Susan said...

I've made the Vogue pattern and am living to try the Butterick retro pattern. Both are great choices.

melissa said...

Go with the Vogue. I own that Butterick retro pattern and I love the design, but after reading about this sewer's HORRIFIC fitting problems with it, I've decided it's lovely to look at and study but there's no way in hell I'll be sewing it!