Sadly, it reminds me constantly that I have taste that is off the straight and narrow. Usually when Blake Lively is in a fashion faceoff with Helena Bonham Carter and are both wearing a gorgeous Westwood, I always heavily endorse the actress with the bird on her head and the Lulu Guiness handbag shaped like a fireplug.
Ok, that wasn’t really fair, no one ever wears the same things as Helena Bonham Carter…..But , my point is that I am never shocked when the other BORING actress wins the popular vote. Where was I going with this? Do I even know? OK, Ok, I remember. It was about 2 people in the same dress making it totally their own and looking totally different but both totally nailing it. I’m not so into the competing, it’s seeing the same piece worn with a totally different spin. I have a blogger that I just love and we have made the same dress many times and I’ve bought patterns just because I saw her in it and the Coveting Fairy whacked me in the face. You believe in her, don’t you?
Sewmanju, I’m looking at you, Girly! When I scroll thru your posts I’m all ‘got it, want it, dang- she’s good! write that number down, oh, I made that! ‘Go look at her stuff- it’s girly, tasteful and sharp. I’m not sure that anyone this tasteful would be honored with a ‘I made mine because yours looked so good on you- even tho yours wasn’t dayglo metallic zebra…..’
We aren’t going to play ‘Who wore it best’ – since hers is blousey bow fabulous and mine is a somber silver salute to algae. But lets talk about me and mine. I think this is a wonderful everyday kind of frock. I debated making it a tunic length – you know I think everything should be cut to tunic length- I’d run thru the First Ladies gown display at the Smithsonian looking for leggingsworthy dresses if I could- Watch out Bess Truman- I have my pinking shears out! The husband saved this from tunicville- he thought the length was good as a dress- he wasn’t so sure about bright tights with it, but this is like a solid color- you know my solid color kryptonite issues. It needed the tights!!! It wasn’t gaudy enough.
Butterick 5870 went together so easily- I almost let one of the pups inset the sleeves while I watched a Jean Arthur movie, but Bruder hadn’t seen Easy Living yet, so I didn’t bother him. Maybe next time. Hey, this is like a solid color- I’m sorry, I really just can’t get over my personal daring. I’m like Amelia Earhardt, but with less activity and more snacking.
Other than tacking down the cowl neck- I’m a bit cowlphobic. I love the look, but hate how it never stays put. I could sling Flannery around my neck and have less wiggling all day. Hmm….I wonder how she looks next to the Pantone color of 2014- Liver Failure Orchid…… so I tacked my cowl down. The Husband thinks I should make another as a hoodie. Hmm, the lad may be right. I do love a hoodie. These pics were wedged in between work and a charioty event that the husband was taking pictures at. So no, these aren’t my presents and isn’t that just the shame of it. I’m really quite deserving you know.
To me this is just is one more example of a pattern envelope giving you the’ hairy mehs’ when you flip thru the book. God Bless the sacred work of Pattern Review bringing us daily interpretations that rise about the bizarre poses, odd textiles and general beige blandness of the standard envelope and entice us to try them. Go see Sewmanju’s profile– it has hauled me into the Hancock fabric more than once to buy a pattern I just didn’t ever remember seeing.
Ok, now me vs Butterick:
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