I’m very glad Vogue & Butterick seem to have started showing mug shots for their new patterns – at least on their websites if not the pattern envelope. Now they just need to get the model’s hair out of the way, and maybe choose plain fabric in colors that would really show up the style lines! But it’s a step in the right direction in my book.
Doesn’t entirely replace the pattern review communities like Pattern Reviews, Burdastyle, or sewing blogs of course. Fit models are still models with unrepresentative body shapes. Seeing examples of a design on different people really brings the pattern to life. And frequently you get great ideas from their different creative interpretations of the same pattern. But it’s good to see pattern companies taking note of online trends.
What about you? What would cinch the deal for you when it comes to pattern selection? (For a project that is. I know I’m not the only one to collect patterns just because I can!)