Sunday, January 6, 2013

Love Eileen Fisher - What Patterns Would be Similar?

I love how stylish Eileen Fisher's clothes are and would love to project that image. Most of her tops skim the body but aren't huge. The skirts and pants have a slim silhouette - at least for this year. She chooses luscious fabrics in neutral colors. A simple wardrobe would be easy to put together and would be a good SWAP 2013 for Stitchers Guild!

Can I find patterns that would be similar? I'm not sure but I'm going to try.

Look at the first top on this page. It has a boat neck and simply skims the body. Not too much ease in this but just enough in my estimation. It's  difficult to tell if it has raglan sleeves but I'm interested in copying the basic shape - it doesn't matter to me if it's exactly alike. Would you think Loes Hinse boat neck top would fit the bill? What about M6571 from McCall's? I'm looking at the neckline. The ER shirt looks to be a boxy tee so the side seams on the M6571 would have to be straightened.

Eileen Fisher's Fold Over Maxi Skirt in Viscose Jersey could be made following the instructions at Morning by Morning Productions. The skirt is a very good approximation.

Her bat wing top can be copied with Cation Designs free download of her dolman sleeve pattern. I might use V8688 also. Did you notice there are three bat wing tops on Fisher's site? They look different but all have those sleeves. Even the cardigan at the bottom of the page has bat wing sleeves. Speaking of which....

Eileen Fisher's Washable Wool Crepe Oval Long Cardigan is beautiful. It has the sides cut quite high and close fitting sleeves. Most patterns have enormous sleeves so you might want to plan on cutting those down for a better fit. The back is nicely rounded at the bottom to give good cover to a ...well, a bottom! Simplicity 1945 offers a cardigan with dolman sleeves and it also has a good rep on Pattern Review. Though not like the Oval Long Cardigan, it is similar and could work as an overlayer. You might want to lay the pattern over the bat wing top above to make sure it will layer before you cut into your nice fabric.

Edited to add: I'm not satisfied with the Simplicity cardigan for this capsule. I have quite a few waterfall cardigans already - one more would just muddy the waters!

Have you seen her poncho? I love it and would love to copy it to use as my bridging garment between the two capsules. I'm going to try it - will let you now how that turns out!

Her 25" Knee Length Pencil Skirt - how about Pamela's Magic Pencil Skirt for that one? Sounds like a plan to me! Eileen's is made out of Viscose stretch ponte ie. rayon/lycra.

Her pants this season are slim fitting. What about Style Arc's Elle Pant?

Burda style 7793 is a loose fitting top with cut on short sleeves. A tank pattern is also included and would be good for a summer quasi Fisher top. Burda style 6869 view A is another top that could be used.


Fabrics are stretch silk, viscose (rayon), merino wool, organic cotton and linen mesh. I'm medium to large sized and the outfits would probably look more like their plus sized models. They look like regular sized women to me but I digress.

Colors would be black, grey and white. Now I just need to find a few of those striped scarves or make them myself out of the t-shirt fabric. Add belts and shoes as seen on the site and I'm good to go! (Found at a bargain price, I assure you!)

This page will be updated as I find more patterns.


1 comment:

Luz Kettle said...

Thanks for sharing. Great ideas and patterns to match! ;)