Folkwear 237: tango tango tango top


The pattern is Folkwear 237, published in 1986. 

This is not Eighties Does Twenties (although that does sound terribly entertaining), nor is a copy of an actual twenties dress. This is an original design, made in the 1980’s, but thoroughly researched to be evocative of the tango era. 

That’s pretty much what Folkwear is about. Evoking a time period. They’re worth checking out if you wanna get not just vintage, but historical. 


For example, above, research. Stuff about the tango! Wear it and know it!

I am the original owner of this pattern. It was pristine when I got it. I was pretty horrified when I opened it recently, to see the state I had left it in however many years ago. I had cut the paper at a size six. That is a couple sizes below my size. I’d also folded and taped out a bunch of the length through the bodice and had redrawn some lines. Like a maniac. I had used a stretch fabric (it was sheer black, with black polka dots), which I guess explains the sizing down, although not fully. I also remember that I looked awful in the dress, which confused me at the time, but now looking at the line-art I can see that this is not a style that would ever really work for me. 

One of the benefits of being older than you once were: the ability to look at line art and say “nope”. 

This dress would look great on a lady with broad shoulders and narrow hips, which, not coincidentally, was the fashionable body type of the time. 

Anyway, this time around I wasn’t sewing for me, I was sewing for a friend. Just for a nice surprise. After I finished this I stuffed it into a box and mailed it off to her. 



The pattern provides two back options, one with a deep V and a pair of streamers, the other plain. 

I thought the streamers were kind of dumb so I skipped those. 

And by dumb I mean unmotivated: they are sewn into the seam at the back neck. Just stuck right in there. They don’t appear to be the natural extension of anything, in the way that the bow in front is a natural extension of the collar. They look added on. I prefer my odd design elements to have a reason. I understand that the streamers are for dancing, and maybe in that contex they look organic, but I’m still not into them. 

I also made the back V much narrower and shallower than patterned. I wanted it to be a fun detail, not a struggle that involves bra decisions. 


The fabric is a bright lime colored silk for the tie, and a polka dot rayon for the body. Both the tie and the dress itself are patterned to be straight grain, so as a top this takes almost no yardage and is a great use of scraps like these. 

I really like these fabrics together. They are really bright and joyous, I’ve been pairing them up with potential projects for a while now and I’m glad they’ve landed together in this top, for my friend who is really bright and joyous. 


The ties are really long! 

For the size I guessed, while erring on the side of too big, while also making it very easy to take in. The armsceyes are finished with bias to the inside, with the side seams overlocked separately and sewn last of all. This way if she needs it taken in, it’s just a seam, no re-doing the bias. 

The shirt tail hem I drew. It’s not too far from the original lines of the bodice to skirt seam, just less angular. 

Sew It or Throw It:

Throw It! I made such a mess of this pattern, I never want to see it again. 

Good news though: making this top showed me how easy it is to make a tie-front on, like, anything. The last tie-front top I made was pretty involved, with a button front and facings and stuff. This one was simple. So simple I feel empowered to tie-front everything. Tie-fronts for all!!!!

And as far as throwing, there’s a perfectly good, untampered with knitting pattern in there, for the cardigan. So hopefully whoever picks this copy up next, knits. 

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Simplicity 5549: goodnight, bra

The pattern:

This is Simplicity 5549, published in 1982

I know, girls. I’m sad too.

Version 3 Girl is my favorite. I like how her hair is looped up in a realistically low/no-effort bun, it’s a nice contrast to the other girls who look so styled. 

I also like her crazy outfit the best. The pattern calls this pants-type item a “culottes slip”. I’ve seen it more often referred to as “pettipants,” as in the pants version of a petticoat. It also looks like a longer, loonier version of tap pants. Other than as sleepwear I can’t think of much of a purpose for a culottes slip? Too short to be worn as a wool pants lining. Best guesss is they’re meant to be worn under a skirt, to counteract inner thigh rub. 

I didn’t make the culottes slip version though, so whooooo knoooooows. 

A while back I used the bias slip pattern, this time around I made two versions of the bra. 



The pattern provides separate pieces for cup sizes A through C. 

I cut both bras in a B and did most of the construction factory style until all the parts were assembled and ready to go together. Then I finished the bra in the first photo, with the pink at the center front, first. And it was so pointy. What a surprising and weird shape you have, 1982! I ended up taking it apart, taking out a lot of the shaping, and putting it back together. 

With the second bra I re-shaped the cups for less pointiness, and rotated them so the non-stretch pink runs along the sides. This puts better tension on the seam: there’s some buckling in that seam in the first bra that isn’t there in the rotated second bra. 

These are just for sleeping, so all they need to do is look nice and be comfortable, they’re not like providing shape or all day support or anything. 

The pattern calls for lace and satin, non stretch, with a simple uncovered lingerie elastic band and elastic shoulder straps. I used satin (two very similar but not identical pinks) and a heavy grey cotton 2-way stretch knit with a nice white flecked texture throughout. Instead of the elastic band, I made a knit band with lingerie elastic along the edges. 

I used these guys for the elastic straps: 


I bought these at a yard sale, run by a friend who was leaving LA to go to grad school for costume design at Yale. I bought a bunch of her random sewing stuff: bags of zippers, this crazy pile of cut-off bra elastic, a dress form, and a costume rendering of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Fun when yard sales include costume renderings by future Yalies. 

Hey. Hey yourself.

There’s a front closure. I had two front closures in my closures drawer, and that’s the entire reason why I made two bras. 


All together these took nine hours, the first one took a little longer than the second as usual. I’m going to divide the time factory style and call it 4 1/2 hours per bra. 

Nice straps. Back atcha.

If you’re wondering what all that stuff is on my dress form, it’s padding. I keep a front closure, racer back, molded-cup bra on my dress form, this is the kind of bra I wear, so this is the shape I fit to. Plus, keeping a bra on the dress form allows me to set the bust point in exactly the right place as per my centerback-neck-to-bust-point measurement. 

The other stuff is men’s tailoring shoulder pads, to fill in the tiny mannequin waist and create a butt. 

Below you can see some crazy elastic piecing and satin strap usage, in my efforts to use up scraps.


Sew It or Throw It:

The cup shape of this bra, as patternened, is so far off from any shape I want to wear that this would be a Throw, if it weren’t for the perfectly good bias slip pattern and the interesting culottes slip and tap pants. 

So, it’s a sew. I like these sleep bras, they were fun to make, they wear nicely, next time I would use basically Any Other Pattern In The World. 

Vogue 7054: pajamas for tea

See if you can guess what year this pattern is from. Guess! Guess! 

This is Vogue 7054 from 1987

1987! Did you guess it? I can see it in the shoulders now that I know, but the illustrator has done a great job of keeping the hair under control. Gives a nice, vague, Veronica Lake-ish, 1940’s Hollywood-ish, fancy-lady-pajama vibe rather than nailing down any specific decade. 

The pattern includes iron-on transfers of the alphabet, so you can embroider your initials on the pocket.


The illustration’s monogram reads FMW which I’ve been trying to figure out. Seems like it should stand for something. I mean, if you’re going to put a monogram on an illustration, it should be a funny secret code for me to figure out. At very least VPC for Vogue Pattern Co. I personally would go for HEY or GRL. 

The recommended fabrics list includes lots of glamorous options like charmeuse, jacquard, crepe de chine, etc. What the list does not say is, “Hey girl, just use an old table cloth,” but that’s cool, I can read between the lines. 


This old thing. Before you become sad about how I’ve destroyed this beautiful vintage hand-embroidered tablecloth, take comfort: it is badly stained. The only reason I have this old thing in the first place is because it was too stained for a friend’s resale, and it was specifically given to me with the instruction, “cut this up and make something.” 

Done! 


Isn’t this quilt gorgeous? My modern-quilting-friend Alison made it, she is @msalleycat on the instagrams if you wanna go see her stuff. 

The pattern calls for 3/4 inch elastic, but I did 1/2 inch instead, with the channel sitting a half inch down from the top to make a ruffle. I also shortened the crotch length by 2 inches total, so the waist could sit a little below the natural waist and not strangle me in my sleep. 


In the photo above you can see there’s a little bit of awkward embroidery placement in the inseam. I’m ok with it. 

And there below you can see where the border ended up. I added some washed muslin at the center back, the tablecloth wasn’t quite wide enough to fit the whole pattern. 


I used the border for the hem, since it’s already a hem. And above you can see the teapot, which is my favorite of the five embroidery motifs. I made sure the teapot would be featured on the leg. 

Sew It or Throw It:

This is a sew. The pants pattern couldn’t be simpler. One piece, no outseam, the waist folds down to make an elastic casing, no drawstring which means no eyelet or buttonhole opening for the nonexistent drawstring. Super easy and fast. This tablecloth version is cozy, doesn’t get tangled up while I’m sleeping, and is surprisingly warm. Bonus: the pantalettes vibe. 

Probably won’t ever make the robe, but neither did the original owner. This was an uncut pattern, which is fun to put to use. Makes me feel like I’m fulfilling the pattern’s destiny. 

Simplicity 9905: funnel vision

This is Simplicity 9905, published in 1981. It’s a pull-over dress (meaning no zipper) with buttons at the front, funnel neckline, an elastic waist, and the option of kimono sleeves (which they refer to as “cap”) or no sleeves (which they refer to as “cut in arm holes”). 

I love seeing notes on patterns, this one has a note reading “red plaid cotton”, which, sure, that could be nice. I prefer orange and pink myself. 


The fabric is a pink and orange printed cotton with a sort of watercolor-ish, brushstroke-ish, large-scale grid detail in grey. I found it at a yard sale, I love it, it was made by a company called Soptra Fabric. In the photos above you can see how I had barely enough fabric to cut this thing, and ended up cutting the skirt on the cross grain with the name stamp hiding behind the hemlace. 

I looked up Soptra Fabrics Corp. online, and learned that they were in business from 1941 to 1993. So…this fabric could be from the 80’s? 

Shadowy picture. I tend to chase the shade around the backyard for my photos, mostly missed here.

This is a good little dress.

There’s a leaf on my knee

This dress is kind of hilarious to me, though, because I think my version looks even more 80’s than the original. Like I’ve somehow out-eightiesed the eighties. I think it’s the pink. And the brush strokes. I feel like the eighties had a lot of painterly textiles. Is that true or just my eighties fantasy? 

But yeah, I feel like all the things I’ve made from vintage patterns become modern looking, just by way of being on a modern person in a modern world with modern shoes and stuff, but this guy kinda screams eighties to me. But in a way I can handle. 


Check that out, you can’t even tell the top is cut correctly and the skirt is cut on the cross. 

This is short though, and with a skirt this short I’ll be wearing tights, and with tights it’s nice to have a slip, so instead of a separate slip I made a skirt lining with two different —but totally color matched— pieces of lavender silk I just happened to have in the ol’ scrap bag. 


Isn’t that funny? The back half is a shiny silk charmeuse, the front half is a two-ply matte silk, but they are the same color! 

Oh scrap bag, you just give and you give. Thanks again, old friend.  


Above is the dress out in the wild. My sister took this photo by the chalk wall at our local coffee place. Boy wearing shorts I made for him (post here) and art directing spigot I’m drawing for him. 


This dress took eight hours, which was a bummer because I was hoping for a quick project, but then I have to remind myself that that eight hours includes cutting the fabric and choosing buttons that I ended up not using, and piecing together a lining, so, fine. Eight hours is fine. 

Oh, and I found another real life version of this dress online. I like to do a quick google when I finish a project, to see if any other Contemporary Ladies have tried whatever vintage pattern I’ve just made, and this time I found This! on Bread&Roses Vintage. I like the piping she added to her version, and it’s neat to see it with buttons, since I skipped them on mine. 

Sew It or Throw It: 

Sew it. Although not repeatedly. I like this dress but I’m pretty sure it’s not my new uniform. Next time I would want to make a facing for the sleeves instead of following the instructions and hemming. This is a big, open sleeve, and the backside of the printed cotton shows, which is not my fave. But totally livable for this go ’round. 

One amazing thing about this pattern: the pockets! Are deep enough for an entire human hand to fit inside!!!!!! Why is this so rare in the pattern world?!!!!!! 

Simplicity 5986: again, with a surprise ending

   
The Pattern: 
This one again,
Simplicity E.S.P. 5986, MISSES’ SIDE BUTTONED SKIRT AND TIE COLLAR BLOUSE, copyright 1983 Simplicity Pattern Co. Inc. 

The Fabric: 
The shirt below is where this all this tie front blouse fun started. 
My sister brought this bird print shirt over one day, and was like, “Hey! Can you fix this?” 
She’s my sister, so she’s allowed to ask that. 
And I was like, “Nay. Forsooth: yon shirt is all busted.” 
It was all busted. The seam allowance along the center front (fake) button placket had pulled away from the binding, and the only way to fix it would’ve been to recut and rebind the front edges, which would’ve made the shirt too small. 
I suggested that since it was unwearable anyway she should leave it with me and I would make something out of it someday and give it back. Since the fabric is so fun. I mean, it’s just a regular ol’ poly crepe, but them birds is cute. 

  

The funny thing about taking apart one garment to make another of a similar size, is that it always looks like there will be plenty of fabric. Even when you know from experience that there isn’t, you still look and think to yourself, “oh yeah, this thing’s got sleeves and everything, that’s tons of fabric for a little top.”
And then you go ahead and rummage through your fabric shelves to find another fabric to piece in because you know you’re gonna need it. Plus you get an exciting idea about how to make an illusion neckline-ish type thing. 
Of the two projects I’ve done now using Simplicity 5986, this was the one I cut first. It was looking so crazy though, with all the piecing, that I put it aside and chose new fabric and cut and made the blue with red dots one first, to establish a control before going back to the fabric that got the whole project started. 
After the dots version was successful, I came back to this one, abandoned my idea of using the waist tie as the neck tie, cut a crew neck, made a fake center front, added some decorative buttons with clever spacing, and bam: it bears almost no resemblance to Simplicity 5986.

 

Look, 5986! Look how for you’ve come!
    
What I Changed From The Pattern:
So much. This one is:

  • Sleeveless, just like with the red dots version 
  • Pieced all to hell
  • No neck tie obvs
  • Crew neck instead of V neck
  • No center front opening, this one pops on over the head
  • No waist darts, used the waist tie from the source shirt, with some thread loops at the side seams to keep it in place
  • Shirt tail hem, just like with the red dots version 

 
   
All French seam everywhere, because they are strong, and fancy. 

 
Ok so those other pictures, with the backdrop, are styled in a For Fun Dressing Up For Camera way, but the picture above was taken before work, aka Styled For Real Life with jeans and a braid. 
And here below is the surprise ending:

   
Surprise! Sheer! Chiffon! The end is black silk chiffon! 
Ooh! How plunging! How daring! 

 
And there’s a bonus shot styled for real life with cardigan. 

Time:
This version took 10 hours 30 minutes, as opposed to the red dots version which follows the pattern much more closely and took just under 7 hours. 
That extra three and a half hours was mostly spent figuring out the best lay out and then piecing. The bodice front is four pieces of bird, one of black jersey, and the back is two chiffon, six pieces of bird. I am crazy for piecing. 

Sew It Or Throw It:
Still love this tie front blouse, even without the tie front. Still a sew!

Simplicity 5986: Step Into My Office, Baby. 


The Pattern:
Simplicity E.S.P. 5986, MISSES’ SIDE BUTTONED SKIRT AND TIE COLLAR BLOUSE, copyright 1983 Simplicity Pattern Co Inc.
Skip the boring skirt and let’s get straight to that blouse.
If tv has taught me anything, it’s that this blouse is the absolute epitome of Women’s Corporate Wardrobe.
Sexy Secretary? Yes. Lady Boss? Yes. Power Mom? Yes.
They didn’t include the model’s legs in this photo because she’s wearing sneakers, you know, for her commute to the office.
She’ll change into her heels at her desk.
I’ve never worked in a cubicle, therefor I had this theory for a while that cubicles don’t actually exist in real life, that they are a workplace myth being kept alive in our collective consciousness by the entertainment industry, because cubicles and bull-pen style office spaces create optimal environments for drama. I shared this theory with a friend, who shared his own theory with me: that cubicles in fact totally do exist, and that I should check in with reality.
So now I know.
This tie front style is also called a pussy bow. Before you go thinking too hard about that one, here’s a picture:

 

pussy bow, as illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa in Baby Animals
I asked my sister the other day if she works in a cubicle, and she was like, “No, but there’s a partition thing…” and I was like, “Good enough.”
So here she is.


The Fabric:
Dark blue silk crepe with red dots. I had three yards of this, I don’t remember why. Am considering making myself a matching one, and then Meghan and I will make a promise to Never Ever Wear Them On The Same Day.



What I Changed From The Pattern:
Not much.

  • Made it sleeveless, finished the armsceyes with bias to the inside
  • Shirt-tail hem instead of straight hem, because shirt tail is easier to tuck in and looks better when left out
  • Changed the double-ended darts (at side fronts and side backs) into open-ended tucks, to give it a softer fit, and to increase the vintage feeling.
  • Two of the five buttons are half-round shanked buttons, and three are regular old flat four-hole buttons. I have seen this happen on vintage garments, where the buttons that will be tucked into a skirt are flat and the ones that will show are dimensional, so I could say it is intentional, and it is sort of, but another truth is that I only had two of the shank buttons.

hey girl, watcha reading?
  
these aren’t her real glasses, theyre just for fun for the photos
no really, what are you reading?
the ties are this long
this book is a prop!
See that book? Its not real! It’s a prop from Bonnie’s Future Sisters, a play written by (our very own) Meghan Gambling, available very soon through Original Works Publishing. I’ll put a link up once the play is published so everyone can buy ten copies each. 

Time:
I estimated 8 hours, and it took 6 hours thirty minutes. That’s a pretty encouraging time frame: if you think in terms of an eight hour work day, this is a one day project. So it could be made one day, worn to the office the next.
Or one could spread that build time over three weeks, like I did.

Sew It Or Throw It:
This is a total sew. It’s a classic look, it all goes together nicely, and it really showcases the fabric.
Meghan reports that within ten seconds of arriving at work in this shirt, she had received multiple compliments.
Which probably happens every day no matter what she wears, but still, I’m pleased.

Oh! Vintage pledge! Bam!

  
My pledge is to use one pattern from each of the vintage decades that I own, which is 1940’s-1990’s, and this takes care of the 1980’s. I thought the 80’s pledge would be a hard one to pull off in a good-looking way. Pleased to have been wrong on that one. 

Simplicity 5510: Tulip Sleeves And Puffed Sleeves. Together At Last.

   
 

the pattern:
Simplicity 5510 MISSES’ PULLOVER TOPS, copyright 1982 Simplicity Pattern Co. Inc.
I like the part where it says, “One-Yard Tops.” I like to imagine that at first it said three-quarters of a yard, but then they were like, “3/4…or like maybe 7/8… 15/16ths… ok whatever let’s say One-Yard, Tops. But like not more than that. For sure. Definitely. Pretty sure. Yes. Sticking with One.”

the fabric:
Same sheer white knit as that good old totally boring t-shirt I made earlier.
I figured while I had all the machines in white I might as well keep going.
View 4 is the obvious winner here.
I mean just look at View 4, how the illustrator has caught her immediately post finger-snap/head-slide/hip-pop.
But this sleeve, both gathered and tuliped, is a match made in not heaven.
Why why do I always fall for puffed sleeves. I know they are way too adorable for me to pull off. But I keep trying them. Will I learn? No.
Just look at that illustration. You can see right there, in black and pink, how the seam allowance rolls out and kicks up that puff in the dorkiest, most juvenile way possible. But I made it anyway.

   

   

  

pattern observations:

  • There is a notch on the sleeve pattern that shows where the overlap stops, and another that shows the shoulder seam on both the sleeve underlap and overlap, but no notch for where the underlap ends. This, I can say from experience, would not fly with any Union seamstress. If I had made this pattern, I would immediately have a stitcher at my table wanting to know exactly where the underlap is supposed to end. 
  • There is a lot of gathering in front of the shoulder seam. More than I am a fan of, but to the pattern’s credit it’s very clear about this fact in the illustration. I shoulda just seen all that puff and recognized. 
  • The pattern instructions want us to stabilize the shoulder seam with seam tape, as opposed to the more common Nothing, or failing that, Clear Elastic. Maybe clear elastic wasn’t readily available in 1982. 
  • The shoulders are really broad.
  • This shirt felt like it took forever to make.
  • It’s about twelve inches shorter than I like my shirts to be.
  • It’s also really loose and boxy, but that’s my fault: knowing how soft this fabric is, I should’ve stretched it on the table before I cut it.
  • I tried doing the binding at the neckline backwards. My thought was that it would look awesome, but instead it looks backwards. So that’s good, now I DEEPLY UNDERSTAND why we don’t do bindings backwards.

Sew It or Throw It:
Throw it.
I don’t really believe in fabric regrets, because making something is always better than not makng something, but in this case I really do kinda regret that I made this shirt, instead of just taking that sheer knit and cutting it into a totally simple unhemmed rectangle and wearing it as a scarf all winter. Maaaaaaaybe stamp printed with stars. But maybe just plain. I really like this knit and I don’t really like this shirt.
But like I said, making something is always better than not making something.
But it’s still a throw for the pattern. Someone out there is adorable enough for those puffs, it’s just not me. 

So which was her favorite? Which is YOUR favorite?

Party People, maybe you remember this post? The one about that time when I texted the picture below to codename “Meghan” and asked which was her favorite?
And she answered right away and then I made it for her?

  

Right?
Which one was it!
Which one did she pick!
Was it the one you’d’ve chosen???
Oh the suspense is killing you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Before I tell, I’m going to draw out the Killing Suspense a little more with some backstory:
When I decided to make something for “Meghan”
—ok lets get real, codename “Meghan’s” real name is Meghan—
I went through my patterns looking for 1)dress 2)tiny waist 3)flared skirt 4)bodice with no sleeves but at least somewhat of a shoulder seam rather than straps, aka No Bra-Straps On Display, aka Work Appropes/Play Appropes.

These being the qualities I’ve observed as her jam.

Right, so, top left there we’ve got New Look 6487, no copyright but soooo 80’s. This is the one I thought she’d go for. She likes the 80’s. As is the norm for people who were too young to dress themselves in the 80’s. Anyway.
This one could totally be cute if made up in a non-shiny, non-velvety, non-partytime fabric. Without those sleeves of course. The sweetheart neck and pointed waistline have potential. Maybe.
But nope! She didn’t go for this one.

Top right, we have Simplicity 3876. No date but someone helpfully wrote “early 1960’s” on the cover. Thanks for that, Helpful-Yet-Duh Stranger.
This is the ringer. I just threw it in there to make her laugh. But! This too could be really cute! The dress itself, without a petticoat underneath to create that totes hilar helium balloon silhouette, could be good! And the visual contrast between the trim at the waist and the trim at the hip might be kinda hot and vavoom?
But no, this was not the winner.

Bottom left is Butterick 6157, also not dated, COME ON PATTERN COMPANIES! GIVE US SOME DATES, JEEZ!
Anyway. This one is kind of a dark horse, like, I never even really notice it in my pattern box and then suddenly it’s in my face like HI! I’M CUTE! YOU LOVE ME! and I’m like “Whoa I do love you where did you even come from?”
I’ve had this pattern for years. Happens every time.
But this was not the winner either!

So by now you have figured out because you are totally clever that Meghan’s immediate, no hesitation answer was, “Bottom right, pink one.”
Which is McCall’s M6754, copyright 2013, FINALLY SOME COPYRIGHT DATES UP IN HERE THANK YOU MCCALLS.
Post with lots of pictures coming soon!!!!

It’s like a super high-stakes game. Don’t think, just react. 

 
I texted this picture to someone, let’s call her “Meghan”, and asked which one is her favorite.

“Meghan” didn’t waste any time with annoying questions like, “why?” “what are you talking about?” or, “who is this?” No hesitation. She immediately named one, so that’s the one I made for her.

Which one would you choose?

Which one did she choose??

Stay tuned!!!

So exciting!!!!

Butterick 3645, Vintage That Can Stay In The Past

the pattern
Butterick 3645 Fast&Easy, copyright 1986 Butterick Company Inc.
Fast&Easy. Heh heh. Luckily I am not twelve, or I would feel compelled to say “That’s what she said”. 

   

Ok. I got this pattern at a thrift shop yesterday. I was flipping through the pattern box, came across this one, and Recoiled In Horror.
Recoiled. Horror. Gasped audibly.
I mean, it is so, so, so bad. It manages to be both infantile and dowdy at the same time. How is that even possible?
I dared myself to pick it up and then got angry at the body-denying boxiness and then decided to take it as a personal challenge. I could make this thing right, I could fix it! Shorten the skirt by about three feet, make it up in a sheer, re-arrange the blouson, definitely steer clear of versions B and C…
So I bought it. 79 cents. And then got it home and noticed that the reason it’s so awful is that it’s a maternity dress. Speaking of Fast&Easy. Omg, who said that, go away terrible twelve year old!
 

 

Which still makes me feel angry and sad for past pregnant ladies, I mean, why the bib, Version B? Are you having a baby or are you turning into one?
And why don’t the cover-art ladies look even a little bit pregnant? Shouldn’t they, to best illustrate the pattern’s belly-accomodating lines?
Reminds me of reading Gone With The Wind when I was way too young for it and getting to the part where Mellie has to hike up her corset over her pregnant belly to disguise it so she can leave the house because it wasn’t polite to be pregnant in public, and I remember putting the book down and being like ‘what the actual fuck?’
People would be like, “You are too young for that book, you won’t understand it,” and I’d be like, “I understand that everyone is dumb,” and they’d be like, “touché.”
Anyway, all I’m saying is that I think it’s a positive statement about humanity that nowadays pregnant ladies are allowed to look pregnant.
sew it or throw it?
Throw it. It’s day has passed.