Simplicity was super swell and sent me this new Plus-sized pattern to try out. I immediately took to my bed as they say and after 3 days of weeping, I reconciled myself to them thinking that I was a plus-sized gal (seriously- who thinks that?!) and found a lovely orange border print that I had gotten super cheap. Now I’m not anti-orange, but in my neck of the woods it implies a devotion to a particular cow college that features a blinding plastic orange paw print and tiger motif. So I avoid it. But I want to join the tangerine tango bandwagon too, so I cut out this hardly obnoxious fabric. I chose view A- I loved the semi-Rowley sleeves and the neckline promised much flattery to my little collarbones. The other views made me think too much about that duchess that stole my child groom away. I just know his mother would have wanted us to be together.
The instructions as always were very easy to follow and the results pleasing. But something kept stopping me. I am not sold on this skirt shape for my size- it came out far too close to my body. You know I don’t go to work in dresses and if I do a dress I like it to resemble a group of small children playing parachute. This cut kept reminding me of something- someone. Someone I found soo cool when I was a kid. a sassy career girl that I was fascinated by that had her own apartment, a career in advertising and a whacky handyman. This shape reminds me of the styles I found so sophisticated when I was a child- Ann Romano!
So I really love the top half of this, but the bottom just doesn’t fit my lifestyle and maybe isn’t the best hovercraft for my tuckus. I am basically a flashy top and neutral bottom kind of filly on a daily basis. So I’ve followed the lead of several other bloggers and started cropping patterns- so for Simplicity’s sake, I give you the pattern as they intended but without the horror of how it flattens out my caboose:
As always, I feel that leopard is the ultimate neutral. I was pleased to see how well this matched my Betsey Johnson carrot necklace- great huh?
There was one other predator at play in my sanctuary….
photo credits: meadhawg, pattern review,google images