20 November 2010

Too. Excited. About. This. Pattern.


Have you ever bought a pattern that keeps you awake at night dreaming about the possibilities of what it could become? Well have you? Of course you have. V8413 is that pattern for me. Every so often a wave of excitement comes over me and I find myself sprinting into the room where my patterns are kept* to... well... just stare at it.

And as with most of the big brand patterns, the illustrations and photos aren't particularly appealing, but just imagine this in a Joan Holloway jewel-toned double knit (thanks Gertie!) with a brooch at the neckline...




Swoon! The middle one with the cowl neckline is actually the exact same design as a cream crepe dress I bought from H&M a few years ago which I absolutely adore, but can't quite squeeze into anymore. But here's visual evidence of me in it a few years ago at a Hitchcock-themed party to celebrate the end of my MA course (I'll leave you to guess who I'm supposed to be. And yes, that is a wig.)...


I've got some other projects lined up ahead of this, but I'm hoping this will be a nice Christmas project to work on. Now all that's left is to decide is what colour to make it in. Bottle green? Aubergine? Mustard yellow? Chocolate brown? Jet black? Help!

* I feel I should clarify that this room has other functions, it is not purely a for storing patterns... although I won't judge you if you do have such a room. I'll just be jealous.

[Soundtrack: 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' - Elvis version]

15 comments:

  1. Aaahh... The Birds! I remember as a youngster, running for cover when I saw a flock of pidgeons fly over head (when we went to town)...LOL Great costume!

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  2. I was eyeing off that pattern for some time -- bought another similar Vogue one instead, so I'll be interested to see how yours turns out!

    I vote for bottle green or mustard yellow, worn with a contrasting brooch. Or even a really rich purple, but more jewel-toned than aubergine.

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  3. hahahah! I LOVE that pattern...it would look so amazing on you! I am agreeing with bottle green as a color...(oh and I regularly stay awake at night and think of pattern possibilities and/or (but more likely 'and') stare at my patterns!) :-)

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  4. Green green! Not aubergine, since your Betty Draper suit is a bit like that colour...

    And I love your Tippi Hedren look!

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  5. I actually own that pattern and I've made the middle version. It's totally fantastic. Just be sure to cut the cowl front on the bias...

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  6. Ooooh, I have to buck the trend and say Aubergine... (there's always one pain in the a*** isn't there!).
    I think if it's a colour that suits you (which it does) then go with it, and you know you'll already have shoes bags, accessories to wear with it. Failing that, you can't beat the classic elegancean versatility of black.
    I like mustard but it's a tricky colour. If you don't get the shade spot on it can end upmaking your skin look sallow. Bottle green will forever remind me of school blazers and scout uniforms, but that's just me!! :)

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  7. Hi Miss Tippi, I think bottle green too, or with your colouring you could pull off an emerald green (very Joan). LOVE the pattern, I just bought the pattern Gertie used for her recent double knit dress with the bow on the front (V8409) and intend to shamelessly copy every aspect of it. It's affecting me in the same way - I have to keep getting it out and playing with it! x

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  8. I love the neckline on this pattern! *sigh* Another to add to my wishlist. ;) rofl. Anyway, I say go with Aubergine--I've been rather smitten with the color lately. ;) But green would be very striking!

    ♥ Casey | blog

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  9. Mustard! It is such an unusual colour to find in a dress, if you are making something yourself you may as well make it totally unique.

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  10. I love your blog, very inspiring. Sewing has been something I've been trying to conquer slowly as well.

    http://ittybittybomb.blogspot.com/

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  11. OOh I have made this dress, I made option F. I love the big collar, but not so keen on the bell sleeves. I put in a zip, but the fabric was stretchy enough not to have one, so would definitely recommend that if you do use stretchy fabric I wouldn't bother with a zip.
    I really like neckline C&D. Go for it!

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  12. MUSTARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With your colouring it'll damn hot! xxxx

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  13. i LOVE the colour mustard. Im trying to decide what colour to make the Burda Marie skirt and i keep coming back to mustard but it really limits what i wear with it!

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  14. Hi Tilly! I cannot find this pattern anywhere! It is absolutely beautiful and I love the finished article.
    If you happened to know where I might find it, I would be very greatful! LOVE your work!

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