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Spring into Fashion

Butterick 5750

In “Spring into Fashion” Threads issue 160 (April/May), Connie Crawford shares this season’s leading looks. Here, we’ve selected several patterns you can use to achieve these styles.

In her article, Connie explains that this season is filled with feminine, yet comfortable pieces. Leading colors include pink and tangerine while cotton, silk, and other natural fibers are the fabrics of choice.

Daywear

Dresses define daywear this season with pleats, tucks, and interesting gathers as the highlights.

Butterick 5750

Butterick 5750

McCall’s 6507

McCall's 5607

Vogue 1280

Vogue 1280

A popular daywear pant style has a looser fit and interesting waistline details such as pleats or attached tie-belts. These pants are paired with loose, easy-wear jackets with a narrow lapel or no lapel at all.

McCall’s 6519

McCall's 6519

Burda 7250

Burda 7250

Pleated skirts lead in daywear. Lengths range from short above the knee to a few inches below the knee. Narrow knife pleats in soft flowing fabric, to wide box pleats in mid-weight cottons all have a place this season.

Kwik Sew 3566

Kwik Sew 3566

Butterick 5756

Butterick 5756

Weekend

Feel fashionable and comfortable on the weekends in a simple T-shirt, made in striped fabric, and in sleek, straight or slightly flared pants.

Vogue 8792

Vogue 8792

Butterick 5682

Butterick 5682

Loose drawstring pants become elegant in more luxury fabrics and are paired with lace or soft, silk tops.

Burda 7195

Burda 7195

Vogue 1291

Vogue 1291

For a sophisticated look, pair cropped pants with a delicate blouse in light colors.

Simplicity 1886

Simplicity 1886

Burda 7244

Burda 7244

Evening wear

Soft silks, laces, and embroidery in tea-length dresses give a feminine elegance to evening wear.

Vogue 8766

Vogue 8766

Butterick 5761

Butterick 5761

Create a playful look with full party dresses. Lengths range from above the knee to a few inches above the ankle.

Butterick 5708

Butterick 5708

McCall’s 6466

McCall's 6466

Make an artistic statement with an emphasis on the shoulders. One shoulder and halter styles shine with sleek silhouettes in soft drapey fabrics.

Simplicity 1874

Simplicity 1874

Kwik Sew 3778

Kwik Sew 3778

Simplicity 1881

Simplicity 1881

Check out Connie Crawford’s “Spring into Fashion,” Threads issue 160 (April/May), for a complete review of this season’s leading colors, fabrics, and silhouettes.

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  1. gooddogart | | #1

    on page 53 of the may 2012 threads is a Les copains dress. do you have a pattern suggestion for this look. i did not see one listed online.

    thanks.

    gail

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    annieoconnor | | #2

    Hi Gail,
    Why don't you try Vogue 8020, view A. If you shorten the hem a bit it would be very similar.
    Best of luck!

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