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We made it through 2011, with all of it’s ups and downs, and now we’re looking forward into a bright new year. This trend forecast illustrates what’s to come in the new year while providing you with the patterns you’ll need to equip yourself with—read on!

Mouse over the collages to find the dots which link you to our patterns! Some photos are inspirational images from the runways, and some link to our patterns.







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    Jun 26, 2012, 03.05 PMby PrettyCharlie

    I’d call myself ‘old school,’ but I’ve been told I’m ‘classic and elegant’ (whatever), Perhaps that’s why I think fashion is very much like manners: There are times when polite means effortlessly using 7 pieces of flatwear and times when it means drinking beer from a can. Midriffs in a city outfit don’t make sense, so even on an otherwise lovely outfit they come off as gratuitous & tacky. On a picnic, however, they can be lovely, and both the centre & bottom R outfits would work if they are good on your shape. But outfits like the red & gold striped dress (bottom left) don’t seem to know where they belong and would look out of place anywhere, even if a person liked the style (which I don’t). “Hey! Which one of you kids cut a hole in my dress!” (laughs)

    As for the other aspects of this collection of items, I think the colours are GORGEOUS, and just bcs something doesn’t fit our body type doesn’t mean we can’t objectively admire its design qualities. For example I’d look like a clown in the mustard drop waist dress (top left), but I still admire the way the lines, drapes & colours all work together to create a beautiful thing. Difference is very inspirational.

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    Apr 11, 2012, 01.10 PMby skyturtle

    Hm, I feel so unfashionable! I don’t like the dropped waist, the showing upper belly looks just weird on adults and peplum is so… Barbie :>

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    Feb 12, 2012, 08.35 AMby Itsbeensewlong

    Something for every one which is fantastic…. I love the dropped waist too….. Unfortunately my figure is past the peplum…… sigh….. :)

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    Jan 22, 2012, 09.49 PMby ywelch

    I love the striped dress in drop waist…. how do I get the pattern? (I love them all… )

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    Jan 16, 2012, 10.28 PMby pink-cornelia

    love the ! definitely is going in the to do list.

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    Jan 16, 2012, 07.40 PMby marloncosta

    I’m really digging that 1920´s drop waist thing.

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    Jan 16, 2012, 09.18 AMby dresspatterns

    I Iike the colors!
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    Jan 15, 2012, 04.19 PMby soulfulll

    I also love the drop waist! Excited about the mid drift because this spring/ summer Imma be a baaad mamajama

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    Jan 15, 2012, 12.15 AMby jeweleddragon

    Oooh, so glad to see the drop-waist again!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 12.11 AMby Sarah Evans

    Love the dropwaist, not so much love to belly shirts…

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    Jan 12, 2012, 08.10 PMby angelagerson2

    WOW. I’ve got all mags for this spring ’nd summer. good buy grunge ’nd hello pritty woman.

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    Jan 11, 2012, 09.48 PMby Stitcher75

    Wow! I didn’t know just how ‘out-of-style’ I’ve become! I can do the peplum on the jackets and blouses. Peplum on the skirt just emphasizes my hips! Pastels are good…I’ve always worn them (but after 35 I started mixing in some darker colors.)

    Drop waists? Really? I didn’t like them the last time they were ‘in’ or the time before and I don’t like them now…maybe next time.

    Good thing I sew. I can keep making things that look good on ME!

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    Jan 11, 2012, 12.10 AMby Lucypie

    Oh my. I am so excited that I finally have a season where it’s cool to wear all my favorite colors together – tangerine and lime being the first two. The last time might have been 1985, and I’m not sure everyone shared my opinion on the color mix. Invest in sunglasses, Raleigh, here I come.

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    Jan 10, 2012, 11.46 PMby danyka

    Normally I am pastel-shy, being far more fond of jewel tones and poppy brights, but I could see it happening when mixed with dark neutrals a la that central image in the ‘peplum’ story… I love the idea of the cut-out detail in the midriff section, I think this take is far more tasteful than the belly-button-bearing-hip-spilling midriff outfits of the mid 90’s.

    Personally I hate dropped waists, they seem to make my figure look like a short-legged block… but I can understand the appeal. I’m all for peplums and bold prints – that Mary Kantrantzou (?) dress with the gold bow print is so much fun – I’m hoping some talented artist out there will create a cut & sew pattern for spoonflower in this style. There’s a competition idea, if ever I saw one!

    Nicely collated, Burdastyle.

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    Jan 10, 2012, 07.11 PMby Tina Givens

    Love the dropped waist! Esp that chiffon # with the stripes!!! You have inspired me.

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      Jan 11, 2012, 03.09 AMby lucelu

      The Chiffon with the stripes, drop waist dress is from Chloe’s Spring 2012 collection. I actually prefer a less prim neckline but like it well enough.

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    Jan 10, 2012, 05.18 PMby nouvellegamine

    i LOVE pastels. love them in all their icy winter splendor, love them in their delicate spring easter eggness.

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    Jan 10, 2012, 05.17 PMby stitchandwitter

    Hmm peplums just remind me of mother-of-the-bride outfits. Not sure about midriffs either. But hey – pastels I could do!

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    Jan 10, 2012, 05.08 PMby reginaanne

    I’m with lennert, peplums and drop waists are fabulous. I’m already dreaming of spring and summer dresses.

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    Jan 10, 2012, 03.42 AMby lennert

    Lovely trends… I adore the peplum and the dropped waist look. Nice food for inspiration!

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    Jan 9, 2012, 11.09 PMby greschaktr

    I’m cool with peplums done right but, mid-drift and dropped waist I will probably do without.

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    Jan 9, 2012, 10.54 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    OMG, are you serious? I mean, I know pastels are here almost every spring/summer, but the midrif?? dropped waists I can live with, but I guess I’ll have to go yet another season being un-trendy with my minimalistic style…

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      Jun 26, 2012, 02.41 PMby PrettyCharlie

      Many people would say that minimalist is called ‘classic,’ and it never goes out of style! :)

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    Jan 9, 2012, 09.55 PMby corcoranrobyn

    I love the flowy look, but I don’t need the added volume a dropped waiste or peplum gives.

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      Jan 9, 2012, 10.03 PMby notdeadredhead

      Same here. Some of us are pear-shaped, and peplums placed in the wrong areas just wouldn’t work. As for the mid-drift section, I believe that I went through that during my teenage years. I think I may pass on that as well as any animal print that attempts to come my way. I just can’t work it. X^D

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    Jan 9, 2012, 08.40 PMby Andrea Delesdernier

    I can do without the peplum and mid-drifs; been there done that. But everything is lovely. Love drop waists.

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      Jan 9, 2012, 09.48 PMby LaraGa

      You read my mind!

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