Hey. Long time, no post. I have an excuse. You see...
Reader, I'm marrying him. (Sorry. I love Jane Eyre.)
Mr. PatternJunkie and I, after 14 years together, decided to finally getting around to making it official. I had no idea that planning even a simple, casual affair could entail so much. So, sadly, the blog has languished. My pattern obsession has not.
I'm on the hunt for the perfect vintage pattern, which may just be Simplicity 1415.
I'd make the sleeveless version sans bow in front, in a nice shade of blue. (I'm pale and white/ivory/eggshell makes me look like death warmed over -- plus, I'm a huge fan of color in general.) For those wonderful peekaboo ruffles I'd use different colored fabrics, maybe even different subtle prints. Polka dots and stripes -- something very Moulin Rouge-ish.
Sadly, I lost the eBay auction for it -- and weeks of trolling the Web for it have only uncovered it in a B29. I'm a B34, and am worried that grading up 5 inches is too much of a task. Writing about it has only reinforced my aching need for it. Please, if you see this pattern running down the street -- grab it for me, won't you?
I suppose it wouldn't be too hard to adjust a pattern for a simple fitted bodice, A-line skirt dress. I'm guessing that the back seam of the skirt simply isn't sewn together, and it's the ruffles that push it into the wedge shape.
Speaking of wedding dresses, I just sold an AMAZING wedding dress pattern from my etsy shop. I've asked the seamstress -- who must have nerves of steel -- to share photos when she's done, but personally I'm worried that this is the kind of pattern that could kill off mere mortals. Behold New Look 6360, which represents 80s excess like nothing I've ever seen:
It has bows! Puffed sleeves! Flowers! Ribbons! Lace! To be exact, it calls for 25 yards of ribbon, 27 fabric rosebuds and ONE HUNDRED AND SIX YARDS of lace!
I can't wait to see this one made up!