Today I’m going to be that person on pattern review that I just hate. I love getting new patterns then checking out what others have done with it on PR or Flickr. Except, when I really need to know what some Big4 craziness really looks like without all the editing, photoshop, weird poses, smoke, mirrors and palm trees. Like this one:
Wanda, I love your cruiseship handbag. I do. But it is distracting me from noticing that you have marsupial pockets. Oh, you meant to do that.
So I haunt PR looking for people who have dove in before me and tried out a new pattern. Then I see that someone has altered the snot out of something so much that it is barely the same pattern and no help at all.
OK, so I am loving my new dress- I tried to get out of my print rut and try something different and I was worried at first that it has a little housecoat feel, but I think adding the little tucks at the neckline and the buttons and tapering the waist in a bit helped that. Do you think? I am still weirded out by this pocket placement- it feels clumsy or like a very low set hoodie. Ah. Lowrider pockets. How on theme!
The front tucks started as a fix to the gappy neckline that resulted from little me thinking a center front seam just had no purpose and distorted my adorable par-cheesey print fabric. Then I just liked it more than the slashed neckline and kept rolling. Design option or miscalculation? You say tomato, I say tomatoe….
I used to feel great shame if the pattern didn’t look like the envelope- I took it to mean that I couldn’t follow directions. Like PR was judging me with that question on the review template. I always feel like putting in ‘No! …and I’m really, super sorry!’ Now I think it’s more about personalization.
Ok, more details. I skipped the back zip, removed the center seam, no lining, I created a neck facing once the tucks were set and oh, hey, thats all I changed. Next time I’d like to try the slightly funnel-necked version. What do you think? Is it a marsupial housedress?
Now. Lately I have read alot about blog comments seeming too kind, or just repetative and not very informative. So, let me tell you- I love some constructive thoughts, it’s a big help. On the otherhand, if you just wish to repetitively praise me, let me make this easier. Please select A, B or C and drop it in the comment both.
A- Damn, Anne- your proportions are practically willowy in this! When is Colin Firth leaving his wife for you?
B- Never have I seen such raw, gaudy talent outside of the Chanel workroom
C- Why do they not let you grace the covers of all big4 pattern envelopes? They are missing out on huge revenue.
Oh! I forgot-
D- All of the above and a german chocolate cupcake is in the mail!
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