I’m only happy when it rains- on my Victory


I was very tempted to title this post: ‘Nicola meets my little fat-rolla’; because I’ve been speculating that perhaps this pattern company, tho lovely is just not geared toward my frame.  Look- even the model is exercising! nicola-version1_00f16bb5cf76b5674c8d88e2a62ed54557

I love Victory Patterns and I have really enjoyed seeing other sewcialists makes. I made the Anouk previously- it was  a size grading job a little beyond my abilities, but it is sooo pretty! I’m rambling. I know. Ok, here we go. You know looking glamorous is all about your setting. While waiting for the rain to stop, I broke down and posed in my husband and his brothers makeshift brewing area. Boil and bubble- I’m like a white trash Lady Macbeth over here.  rainy1

I’m actually very pleased with this- I think it’s flattering, tho maybe a narrower belt would be better…you think?  Since I can’t arrange a narrower me.  By the way, this according to my husband should be my signature vanity lighting. Rain and steam. Nice. My pores are amazing here, aren’t they? rainy2

This is another fabricmart sale fabric that followed me home- look- floral animal print- grr! Cuz baby, I am vicious! I didn’t do many changes to this- I only did 1 dart on each side on the back and that was enough to get my caboose covered. Here’s a casual spin to show the lining. rainy4

This is one of those dreses that for me is more decorative than functional- I ride a desk chair all day, with intermittent parades to different departments, so wrap dresses always seem to need a lap robe after a few minutes- or perhaps a well- placed dachshund to hold it in place.IMG_5750

This make has given me the courage to try another Victory pattern- in a wild moment I bought them all! So if you think there is one that would lend itself better to my girlish contours just let me know- before the glow of this success wanes- or I wake up! Here’s my ‘What are you wretched crumb snatchers next door doing in my lilacs?!’ face….rainy3

photo credits: Victory Patterns, Google images, meadhawg

86 thoughts on “I’m only happy when it rains- on my Victory

  1. It’s great on you! Perfect colours, great cut, and I like the sassy lining choice! I got to meet Kristiann, the designer/owner of Victory Patterns, at our Toronto meetup, and she was lovely… Somehow even that hasn’t quite pushed me to try any of the patterns yet though! You might just change my mind about that, though… keep the great Victory makes coming! 🙂

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  2. Oh, I like it! Such pretty colors! I agree that a smaller belt would probably look better – the one in the photos seems a little casual for the dress. But I do like it with a belt. =)

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  3. mrsmole says:

    The Hazel and Roxanne remind me of maternity fashions from the 60’s and the rest are way too skimpy even on the thin models. OK they go to size 16 but what is that in the real world? I love your lining and it really jazzes up the whole look even when flying open. The sleeves look comfortable and alluring and good for occasional hot flashes. The mood effects of the rain and steam just add such a cool dimension! Who can carry of an animal head wrap as well as you?

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  4. Just perfect on you…print and colors great…lining so you!! Absolutely very flattering. You can always go with a thinner belt or chain for another look. Great job …. very cheerful amidst this very rainy weekend

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  5. Love your wrap – the fabric is wonderful and so you – flowers and fur! Love the colour too – very vibrant. I think the way you have styled it is excellent and will help with keeping the lap flap modest.

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  6. Oh, this is gorgeous! I do think it is tres flattering. My sewing devil has been whispering in my ear to buy all of the Victory patterns too. The devil’s name is the same as my daughters.:)
    ~Claire

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  7. Marsha says:

    I’m shocked–yes shocked–at how great this looks on you! Looking at the pattern at the Victory site, I would have thought it would look like a robe on anyone larger than a size 4. Since my proportions are similar to yours, I might give this one a try. You should ask for royalties–especially given your queenly demeanor in some of the pictures.

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  8. You certainly have nailed a look that suits you and that turquoise colour is a perennial favourite. I agree a narrower, finer belt would be just perfect. I’ve had a look at these patterns and there is one which I think would be spot on for you, the Satsuki, I particularly love the flounce front v neck, the shaping through the body and skirt and of course the sleeves – its a beaut.

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  9. That is fabulous on you. I love that print. I have that pattern too, though it hasn’t risen to the top of the queue yet. I’m happy to see that it worked so well for you!

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  10. Shar says:

    I love this on you and the fabric is perfect! What a versatile style – I think there are so many ways you can change it up. I like the thick black belt for a more casual style. A thin brown belt or chain (as someone else mentioned above) could be a more dressy look. I haven’t tried Victory patterns yet, but maybe after I see a couple more of your makes I might.

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  11. It’s beautiful, I love it!! I think maybe just a shinier, more delicate (i.e., dressier) belt would be better, since the dress is very light and flowy, but think the width is fine. I know what you mean about wrap dresses (and skirts). For me, I mostly wear them on a summer Sunday afternoon, since they do tend to open after a bit.

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  12. You look fabulous. The colours, the mist, the umbrella; I swoon.

    I think the thicker belt looks good; I’d have to see the thinner belt to be sure, but the thick gives a more cinched-in look. But then, I like the corseted look. Maybe if it where a different style of thick belt? Like an obi?

    I just bought the Chloe, although I’m going to have to lengthen it a lot to make it wearable for me. I’m not super fond of the rest of the patterns, but maybe that’s just the way the models were made up — your dress is making me rethink the Nicola!

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  13. Oh, I do really rather like this!! Great fabric – the colours are perfection for you. And it has just the right amount of floaty-ness! I’m calling it a win, in my view! 😉

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  14. You are such a sexy little minx in this dress!! 🙂 And I’m seriously lusting after some of that fabric, awesome color and print! I’d say go for another Victory. 🙂

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  15. It’s fab! I can’t wait to see what you do w/ the others! I bought one and have been sitting on it because I hate taping crap together…

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  16. Floral animal print, you say? I didn’t even know that existed but it is freaking awesome. It looks fabulous. I also love the double animal print with the leopard print scarf in your hair.

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  17. I love a breezy dress that can be worn over tights and a tank. That’s my favorite way to dress when I really don’t feel like dressing but need to look presentable. Great fabric choice too!

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  18. rory says:

    You just make me so happy when you post! Yet another hilarious post with a gorgeous outfit. Just what I needed for a Monday morning. The dress looks gorgeous on you.

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  19. I’ve been wanting to try Victory patterns too. I ALMOST bought them all one day one a whim but somehow was able to contain myself. I really love this dress. It looks great on you, so much so that I didn’t even notice your pores! :)>

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  20. Gorgeous! The print is lovely.
    I know what you mean about wrap dresses at work. It’s best if co-workers don’t see your bits and pieces…
    But the way you paired it with leggings is perfect! Great job!

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  21. What a lovely complexion you have, in any atmospheric conditions. The dress looks terrific on you, but the wrap business would drive me crazy to wear. Perhaps you could apply a strategic dachshund with velcro?

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  22. weel, your husband is right…you look SO pretty! The dress, the color of the dress, the style of the dress. I think wearing it makes you feel pretty! Well done!
    btw, I like the look of the chunky belt.

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  23. Oooooooh, I LOOOOOOOOOOVE this on you! The style looks great on you, and the print is FABULOUS. I love the steamy photos, too– you look like a lady gumshoe out on the case!

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  24. this is gloriously swingy fluttery perfect on you! i love those colors, miss macbeth! and i know what you mean about a narrow belt. often i’ll look at my photos and think: maaaaaaybe the belt doesn’t need to take up 1/3 of the ratio….

    i’ve always wanted to buy the whole victory range. you must feel like a kid in a candy store.

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