Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sew Weekly Challenge: Pattern Covers! Or "I was out drinking last night and this is my brunch outfit"

The challenge this week was to "not judge a pattern by its cover."  I picked this pattern, which I have had for at least five years, from my stash.  Why have I not created anything from it?  Because the model looks angry...and slightly vampire-ish.


I won't lie, I really love seeing patterns with people on the front smiling, or mid twirl, or even drawings - I feel these are "fun" and show me that the clothes are "fun."  This model does not appear to be having a great deal of fun.  She gives a slight smile in two of the pictures, and her posture is unsure or bland.  I also want to speak with whoever did her makeup as they made her eyes entirely too dark for a pastel outfit (in my opinion).  She is fair haired and fair skinned and her eyes draw all attention from the outfit and any other distinguishing features.  I feel as though she went to a concert the night before and came home at 6 am and then her family woke her up for brunch and her mother said, "Why don't you wear that outfit in your closet that we bought you for graduation so many years ago?" and because she was exhausted (and maybe a wee bit hungover), she did it.  These pictures show the result.

And so this pattern shall be known as "I was out drinking last night and this is my brunch outfit."

I decided to jazz it up a little, since I am not able to pull off pastels convincingly, and use a floral fabric that I had just a wee bit of....and here is the result:



I even have flowers on my wedges that match the flowers in the fabric!  I love happy accidents.

I swear the zipper is not this wonky in real life - I think it is the way I am posing.  I love the back of the shirt because it shows off my awesome birthmark.  It literally looks like someone took paint and put a hand print on my back when I was wee little.


A better shot of the top.  I will say that it came out a little more *ahem* busty than I had anticipated.  I am thinking of adding some lace to make my assets a little more discreet...


Fabric close up!  I'm so glad I had enough for this shirt - it feels so summery to me! 


Are any of you sewing for summer already?  And do you have any fabulous pattern covers in your stash?  I would love to see them!

12 comments:

  1. Your story of the model made me laugh so hard! She does indeed look like she was woken up way too early and forced to wear some outfit for brunch!

    I love how your version came out! So pretty! And it looks fabulous on you--very 50's!

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  2. super cute! that color green is perfect for summer and for your hair

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  3. meg, you are so FUNNY! and yay for your vava voooom top :)

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  4. who is this woman she looks cheerful and fun ? :)

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  5. who is this woman she looks cheerful and fun ? :)

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  6. who is this woman she looks cheerful and fun ? :)

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  8. who is this woman she looks cheerful and fun ? :)

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  9. who is this woman she looks cheerful and fun ? :)

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  10. who is this woman she looks cheerful and fun ? :)

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  11. who is this woman she looks cheerful and fun ? :)

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