Vogue 2017, copyright date 1997.
“Fitted, interfaced, lined, above hip jacket has raised neckline, shoulder pads, side panels, no side seams and long, two-piece sleeves with button vent. Semi-fitted, interfaced, line, straight skirt above mid-knee or above ankle, has waistband, side front seams, no side seams and side front button closing.”
I could happily and make and wear this RIGHT NOW – except that I couldn’t be bothered altering that pattern UP so many sizes. When I have lost more weight, though, look out!
I was feeling guilty about my pattern stash – so many patterns that are still in factory folds – but now I look on them as inspiration. As in – I want to wear that!
Just watched Trinny and Susannah‘s show where they fit 1000 women in the right size bra. I cried. Seeing someone transformed by something so simple as actually being fitted properly – wow.
This ties in with my new sig line over on PatternReview.com (and something I have expressed previously on this blog) NO MORE FRUMPY CLOTHES! I’m getting closer to feeling able to try some new things for example – I really really REALLY want to make this dress.
The new things are: I haven’t made anything in knits for a really long time; and – I haven’t ever made anything that looks quite this glamorous. But I’m so sick of frumping around in baggy mens size t-shirts and jeans… I bought a size 24, even though my current measurements are closer to the 26 – but that’s where the pattern range split, and I can see myself using the smaller sizes soooooon.
(Ummmm – at the moment ANYTHING that’s not superfrump = glamorous. I’ll work up to actual evening gowns if I ever have a life that needs them, yes?!)
My excuses for not starting this dress right away, even though I have some lovely stretch fabric that I could use:
- I’m waiting on some thread for my overlocker (woolly polyester) although I could just use the plain thread that I already have, it just would make a slightly less nice seam finish…
- I should buy something cheaper to make up as a muslin first (cheaper than $20 per metre for knit that drapes the same way? Dream on!)
- I don’t have room to cut the dress out (unless I actually – *gasp* made the effort to shift the lounge room furniture and vacuum the floor)
- I can’t sew when I’m tired (well, in that case maybe I should just lie down in bed and never get up again, eh? LIVE WITH IT!)
Hmm. I may have just run out of excuses.