My mom hated it and kept calling it "It's a Mistake" but I thought it was so edgy and cool. I never made it because I couldn't sew that well and she refused but I still have the pattern and see it as a victory of sorts. After that, my style was set. I was into that whole "french schoolgirl" look in the eighties with the dropped waists and fussy details. My mom made a dress that I loved so much, it was one of those Vogue Paris Designer patterns and I wore and got compliments on it even after my dog chewed a hole in the back yoke (it was a print, I did a patch job and wore sweaters). I wish I still had that pattern, I could see wearing that right now. Which brings us to today. I was talking to my pal Julie and she thought this
|Simplicity 1939 Cynthia Rowley Collection|
dress would look good on me. I've always thought Julie should have been a fashion stylist because that girl has got an eye for style (I wish she'd get on Polyvore,but I digress). Anyway, I wasn't convinced, but she told me someone had reviewed it on PatternReview and on her blog. I thought I'd check. The dress looked great on prttynpnk, much better than the model, plus once she said that her fashion influences were Cheryl Tiegs and Mrs. Slaghoople (Wilma Flintstones MIL) I was hooked. Julie was going to give me her pattern but I picked up two the very next day. One for me and (maybe) one for my fabulous niece. I realized I like the dress so much because it reminds me of my old "french schoolgirl" dress with a different kind of dropped waist and equally fussy details. It makes me wonder if Cynthia Rowley's mom made her that dress back in the day too.
In the meantime, I'm off to muslin. Wish me luck!