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:
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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.