Editor’s Picks: Butterick Fall Collection

Have you seen the new Butterick Fall collection yet? There’s something for everyone, especially if you’re looking for wear-to-work options. Here are my five top picks from this collection:

Butterick B6090 dress
1) B6090 dress

Here’s a great case for paying attention to the line drawings. B6090 has great bones, people. Look at the shirring at the bodice and the little buttons all down the front—love it! This dress says vintage-y but in a way that feels fresh—like a starlet walking down the street on a sunny day or a cool girl at Coachella. For fabrics, choose lightweight georgettes in retro prints, or a sheer organza or lace and layer it. Make it more youthful by shortening the sleeves, or turn it into a tunic.

Inspiration for Butterick B6090
Inspiration for Butterick B6090
Butterick silhouette dress B6088
2) Butterick silhouette dress B6088

What I like about B6088 is how it creates this enhanced, genetically-blessed silhouette for you. Its lines help narrow your torso and slim your hips, and seriously, what’s not to like about that. I’d sew it out of black and ivory wool crepe or a decent ponte knit. Or maybe give it extra pow by making the middle part in a bold print or contrasting texture. You can also amp it up a bit by sewing the sleeves in a different color.

Colorblock inspiration for Butterick B6088
Colorblock inspiration for Butterick B6088.
Butterick B6103 riding jacket
4) Butterick B6103 riding jacket

This jacket is perfect for when you need a little rock-star glam in your life. I like all of this pattern’s versions, especially View C with its shaped hemline in the back. (I might make it a little shorter in the back and less skirt-like, but that’s just me.) That gray brocade we show on the model works well, I think, so I’d look for a similar brocade or jacquard fabric, preferably with a little Lycra for stretch. This jacket would also look killer in velvet, right?!

Jacket inspiration for Butterick B6103
Jacket inspiration for B6103
Butterick B6106 jacket by Katherine Tilton.
4) Butterick B6106 jacket by Katherine Tilton

I almost dismissed this jacket as too art-teacher-style for my tastes. But then I was chatting about it with Carlos, our Vogue Patterns designer, and he said he could see it looking very minimalistic and chic in ivory, with simple topstitching detailing. And the next thing I knew I was bookmarking this pattern to order. I can see this made up in a gabardine, denim or wool crepe. Or try mixing different textures and colors for more of a statement piece. As I’m a symmetrical kind of gal, I might use the right front of the jacket and swap it out for the left front, so the two front pieces mirror each other.

Jacket inspiration for Butterick B6106
Jacket inspiration for B6106
Butterick midi skirt B6102
5) Butterick midi skirt B6102

All hail the return of the midi skirt! I mostly wear pants to work but I will be sewing and wearing a midi skirt or two this season. I love that the pleats in B6102 start below the yoked waistline, so you’ve got a less poufy and more flattering waist area. As far as fabrics go, I’d make this in a firm fabric, like a classy silk-wool or textured cotton, or go soft and drapey with a lightweight wool or challis.

Midi skirt inspiration for Butterick B6102
Midi skirt inspiration for B6102

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13 comments
  1. Thanks. It’s always fun to see another perspective. I added a couple more to my want list! And thank you for only positive ideas. I read a lot of sewing blogs and the patterns the young ones hate, the more mature bloggers love. There really is something for everybody!

  2. I’m thinking the top dress would work in a 40s rayon challis for the 40s “Blitzies” out there, and the riding jacket could be very “Downton Abbey” meets Steampunk in a drapey brown wool with velvet lapels and antique brass buttons.

  3. It’s nice to see hemlines coming back down.

  4. 6090 (the first dress on your post) just jumped out at me as soon as I saw the line art. It’s a fantastic shirtdress pattern, and I’m debating what fabric to use.

  5. Lovely collection – I remember riding jackets with long peplums – late 8o’s. Can’t wait for this collection to reach us here in OZ. May have to buy direct 🙂

  6. Those midis sure look lady like and refined. I can see 6090 with black net sleeves and front yoke and an eyelet or other textured black for the dress. I think it would be a great LBD. The long peplum version of 6103 has never been a style I cared for but a version similar to the McQueen velvet would be spectacular and probably give years of wear.

  7. The 1910s Retro patterns B6093 and 6108 are refreshing. Love the jacket! Also like the dress in view A with the short sleeves.

  8. woooo really love the riding jacket and the colour block dress – shopping list just grown 🙂

  9. Oooh, I really like that top pattern, which I hadn’t spotted before. In rayon?

  10. I love the idea of the “art teacher jacket” in ivory! I’d make it in a soft grey wool if my closet wasn’t already stuffed with jackets! Well, there’s always room for one more jacket, right?

  11. Great new patterns for fall. I loved 6078 and 6101 look like that would be super stylish to wear, easy to make, and fun to wear. However, I would probably save 6101 for loungewear.

  12. 6090 is so fantastic. I agree with Jet Set above that it would look perfect in a 40s print. I love the lines of it, so much that I’ve already ordered it 🙂

  13. I love the retro patterns that have been coming out. I pretty much live in the stuff I make. Will there ever be any retro men’s patterns? Maybe a box jacket or a clicker coat or 50s trousers or something? I know some guys who would jump at the chance to have some clothes made for them.

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