You Can’t Judge An Ugly Vintage Pattern By Its Cover
By Amy Mayen
You see, we have been Spring cleaning. We remodeled Bella’s bedroom over the weekend too. So I was telling her she really didn’t need all the stuffed animals that infest every inch of space in her bedroom. I literally get claustrophobic in there…the wall close in & I feel like the stuffed animals are going to attack me…
I’m getting off track. So as I’m telling her to donate some of them to make space, she looks at me and says, “What about your patterns mommy? We could make a lot of space if you went through them and donate some.”
Gulp. And that is how I ended up getting rid of my ugliest patterns, just days before the ugly pattern link up at Simple Simons. To get rid of them was like ripping out a piece of my heart, but being a mother means I have to practice what I preach.
Fortunately, I did keep some uglies. And I’m going to share them, and tell you why they made the cut while the less virtuous patterns are now up for adoption at Goodwill.
Take a close look at this one. See the big bow and draping on the back of the black dress? That’s hot. I’d wear that now.
The Little Mermaid, in front & to the right- she can die. That dress is a monstrosity. But see front left, the dress with the peplum? That’s in right now. Change the bodice & shorten the length-and you’ve got a winner.
At first glance, these 3 dresses can die too. But, if you follow trends closely, or if you’ve been in the fashion industry for any length of time, you can predict future trends with some degree of accuracy. I know that the high waists, skinny jeans, & peplums we are seeing all over the runway will give birth to the dropped waist in next years Spring collections. So despite the boxy shoulders and gross under the knee but above the ankle length, this one made the cut.
I don’t think this will be a wedding dress. Ever again. But I see a totally redeemable bridesmaid dress on the left. Imagine a light, flowy Spring dress. …maybe it has a sheer overlay? The ruffled cuffs would be the only thing I’d modify.
This was one that got moved from the keep pile to the adoption pile about ten times. It’s the damn bib thing on the bodice! Something about it speaks to me. I’m the pattern whisperer.
Really, the cuffs are a no no right now. The shape of the dress is completely unflattering. But look at the sweet button placket on the shoulder! I honestly have no idea what to do with this one. I’m not an expert at drafting, so why I couldn’t part with this one is beyond me. What do you think? Should I have tossed it?
If you enjoyed this post, check out my Ugly Patterns- Children’s Edition!