You’ve probably seen the new Donna Karan Vogue pattern. It’s gotten both accolades (here on my blog, for one) and raspberries around the internet.
It’s totally me, so I bought it at (gasp!) full price. Every once in a while you have to say what the heck, KWIM? Anyway, the pattern pieces are very interesting. I’m taking a pattern drafting course right now, and it’s pretty cool to be able to recognize some of what the pattern maker did her. Notice I say “some” of what they did. The rest? Holy shamoley. I’m scratching my head. Where the heck do you put a FBA in this thing? Well, the best way to figure it out is to make a muslin, which is what I’m going to do. But I thought you would like to see the front-to-back pattern piece. It’s pretty cool:
In fact, the pattern pieces for the entire main body of the dress are very cool and origami-like. It reminds me a bit of an Issey Miyake top and skirt I made (IIRC) 23 years ago. I couldn’t figure out the placement from the flat pattern, so I just slavishly followed the markings and directions. That’s what I’ll do here. The fabric I’m using for the muslin is a sold-out Catherine Malandrino wool jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course). I still have it in black, which You Can See Here. I don’t have enough for a complete dress, alas, so I’ll just make the body pieces and see how it works out. I’ll keep you posted.
On a less happy note, please keep Pam Erny in your thoughts and prayers. Pam is the owner of Fashion Sewing Supply, my go-to source for interfacing and shirt buttons. Pam is also a good friend. Last night, she was taken to the hospital after suffering a seizure. Please send healing thoughts her way, and if you are awaiting orders from Fashion Sewing Supply, please be patient while they work to make her better and get her back home. I’ll let you know as I get updates, but please keep her in your thoughts.