Posts Tagged 'just wrong'

When Vintage Patterns Go Wrong

Time to chalk up another learning experience.

I’ve been working on a muslin of this adorable 1940s Mary Dunbar toddler dress. I love the sweet little scallops! I could just see it made up with a pink and white stripe fabric for the main body and a light breezy floral print for the scalloped sections with coordinating buttons down the back. I almost used this pattern last year, but I decided that the scallops looked too intimidating and I put it back into my pattern drawer. This year, armed with new knowledge about sewing curves, I decided to give it a try.

1940s Mary Dunbar 2013-02-24 003

Unfortunately, this pattern is more flawed than any pattern I have ever used — and believe me, I have used some really crazy patterns.

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Most Unflattering

For the last year or so, I’ve noticed that trendy tops are becoming more “drapey,” “flowy,” and “breezy.” Scrape away the floofy designer talk, and you’ll see what this really means: shapeless. I’m tired of it. REALLY tired of it. Those styles work on certain body types, but on others (including mine) it adds frump, obscures the curves that give your body definition, and creates the illusion that you’re hiding a good 10-20 lbs. underneath.

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