Life behind the scenes of Making the Flame has been crazy, but when I saw this pattern I knew I had to write a blog post:
What caught my eye? It said ‘A/B, C, & D Cup Sizes’. Um…cup size? Does anyone else see a woman who’s missing a skirt??? I’ve been super stingy about buying new patterns lately because I have so many (and they don’t catalog and store themselves), but this is one I have to have. Because. Because!!!! She’s really got no skirt. I’m not sure if this is supposed to be a sexy Mrs. Santa in Vegas costume, or if it has practical application, but it’s definitely joining my collection.
Another pattern caught my eye, by Designer Joi. Has anyone sewn or bought these patterns? I love them, but they’re juuust over the line of costume-ness. I can’t see myself wearing them IRL. This get up, for example, is super cute and wearable–except that the silhouette is just weird. Maybe it would work better without the lace trim at neck and hem, but then it would just be a fitted dress with A-line skirt. Yawn. I do like the boxy cropped jacket, as cropped things fit those of us with short torsos quite well. (Lengthwise, anyway.) The sleeves are a little iffy, but perhaps some creativity can fix that.
M7288 wins the award for most dubious presentation. I like this fabric, but combined with the wiiiide lapels and the cut, it struck me as a little bit 70’s pimp-ish. So I checked the line drawings. *double take* I’ve never seen such unappealing line drawings!!! The proportions look all short and squatty and terrible. So I went back to the pimp photos, and sure enough it’s a reasonably good coat — especially for us pear shapes — but the sewn version and the line drawings have me doubting its goodness. Bonus points that this pattern goes up to 24…..if I had no other coat patterns I’d give view D a whirl, but I suspect that a Sewaholic coat pattern could suit my shape just as well *and* look modern doing it.
It’s not all bad, though. I did see two patterns that caught my eye for positive reasons, including this capelet. I really want to sew the Mimi G capelet (Simplicity 1016), but the cape part is not part of the jacket. Two-part winter protection is too fussy for me, and I don’t want to have to figure out how to join them. M7291 is a good alternative, as it goes up to size 26 and has a collar. It does have a much more casual feel than Simplicity 1016 and there are no sleeves afaics, but in a pinch it could work. Again, though, this is a fill in pattern for something better — it doesn’t really stand up strong on its own.
But. BUT. BUT!!!!! This jumpsuit, though! I love how the gathers have been pushed to the sides and back, and the center front is nice and flat and smooth. I love the pockets and the center front zipper. I love the elastic casing at the ankles and the sleeve variations. I love that it looks good without the sash. (Don’t you get annoyed when a make won’t look good without the included sash???? Total bait and switch.) I love the princess seams. I love that the loose fit in the bodice and the slimmer fit in the hip can balance out a pear shape who wants to play at being an hourglass. (Or a rectangle, if you’re a pear with a belly…the point is to not have your lower half stealing the show for a change.) This pattern goes up to a 22, but hopefully it’s pretty straightforward to grade up…because this is the one pattern I definitely want.