New Simplicity Costumes for 2015
Look out Cosplay.McCall, Simplicity has opened up a can of Cosplay whoop ass, and what great timing too. Simplicity has released a handful of Cosplay related sewing patterns for autumn of 2015 and I'm pleasantly surprised at what I see. It's rather interesting following this month's earlier post, McCall's Caters to Cosplayers, where I discussed McCall's recently debuted, and rather anemic, Cosplay website. Simplicity has certainly stepped up their game with these pop culture influenced patterns! Let's take a look at what they have to offer.
Misses' Costumes with Built-in Knit Bodysuit
If Simplicity wants to rock the Cosplay scene, then releasing a Sailor Moon inspired pattern was their best decision. I'm not a Cosplayer but I've known many, and I think all of them started their hobby by Cosplaying as a Sailor Scout. Compared to McCall's 7101, this pattern is far more accurate in regards to its original source of inspiration (even if they don't have the licensing, we can clearly tell what it is). I like how the pattern description calls these costumes anime-inspired, as if it could be any other anime lol.
Misses' Super Villainess Costumes
I don't know if Batman fans will swoon or cringe at these. I'm not a exactly huge fan, so from an outsider's perspective I think these designs are decent. The Harley Quinn costume is the most successful and visually pleasing, the other two could use some tweaking. I really like the bustle and the underbust in this pattern, but when I consider the entire collection of Simplicity costumes, there isn't much that actually separates this pattern from the Steampunk patterns. It suffers from that "generic sexy girl" costume problem, where it's always the short skirt and corset combo. I'm not against that personally but I feel that the styling of this pattern is what's selling it. You could probably create the same thing using any old costume pattern, hell you might even own something like this already! I'm interested in seeing how the construction holds up, so I'm looking forward to reviews of this pattern. If it has better construction overall I wouldn't be opposed to owning it.
This is a corset-skirt rendition of Dr Who's iconic Tardis or Dalek. I've had friends who were big fans of the show and would probably gush over these, but as an outsider I'm not seeing as much potential in this pattern for different characters. In this case the skirt and bustle layering looks off to me, like it doesn't sit right. The corset and capelet looks cute though.
Misses' Cosplay Costumes
Sick of the corset-skirt combo yet? I might be... Like the Batman pattern, this costume is on the more generic side and can be fashioned to suit other characters. For example, a Steampunk Tinkerbell, that proves my point entirely lol. The underbust cincher on Snow White doesn't look as visually interesting as the other versions in this pattern. Her whole look is a little plain for me but perhaps that's a good thing for those who are just starting out in Cosplay.
Misses' Dark Faerie Costumes
I included this one even though I don't think it's very pretty. It's actually very ugly lol. Simplicity is way too reliant on the corset-skirt thing, aren't they? I think this pattern demonstrates that the use of just a corset and skirt don't always equate success. This pattern looks poorly constructed and not worth the price.
Misses' Victorian Circus Costumes
Now compare this dark faerie to the previous one and you get way more bang for your buck. This pattern includes a cincher, blouse, skirt, pants, gauntlets, boot covers, I can go on. Whereas the last pattern only had half of that. This goes to show that it's important to shop around. I just love that this cincher has a little peplum, so cute!
Misses' Flapper Costume
Arkivestry makes another appearance in the Simplicity costume collection, this time with flapper outfits. It's a jump from their previous patterns which were mostly Boho Trad Goth. It sort of saddens me to see them return only to do something entirely different in style. I guess I was hoping for more contemporary Goth fashions... If you're really into the flapper thing this could suffice but construction wise it's very costumey (something Arkivestry patterns are known for). My friend is going to a 1920's themed dinner at some point, this probably would work okay for her.
Misses' Medieval Fantasy Costumes
I'm not sure if this pattern is supposed to be referencing anything in particular, it looks pretty generic. I'm disappointed that it doesn't have more renditions, most costume patterns do. I like the dress on the left but the one on the right looks like an alligator handbag. It's so boring and lack luster, I don't know why they didn't give it a belt or an overskirt, or dare I say a corset; it just looks very underdeveloped.
So there you have it, some costumes are new and shiny, others somewhat underwhelming. Comparatively speaking, if I had to crown a Cosplay winner I'd give it to Simplicity. I think this is a sign of things to come and that perhaps we may see more male and female Cosplay costumes in the future. I still think that McCall's has some potential too but I feel that design wise they're a little dull overall.
What are your feelings? Any costumes you like or dislike here?