Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Federico Forquet - a big stinker

Whooo-ee! Federico Forquet, what were you thinking, man? This vintage Vogue dress pattern I started for Pattern Review's vintage pattern contest is uuuuuuuuggly!

I have never laughed so hard as I did when I tried it on and found the weird kangaroo pocket hangs below my crotchline. And I am tall! I have long arms and I seriously have to stretch a little to stick my hands in the pockets.


When my husband saw it, and saw that I was laughing so hard I was crying, he said "wow. There's a lot going on there. Maybe in a solid?"

It kind of reminds me of the time in high school I was sewing with my mom and my grandma in the room and ended up sewing the four seams of two legs together, creating one big stovepipe. I laughed until I thought I was going to throw up.

This dress is actually more flattering in these pictures than it is in person, if that's even possible?
I still have to finish the neckline and armhole facings and hem it, but I can't decide if I should even do that much more work! Should I cut it off above the kangaroo sack and turn it into a top I could wear for work? Ack! Oh, well, at least this time I know it wasn't me, it was the design. What should I do with this? Is the fabric ugly? I'm so at a loss.


  1. Oh my. Because you asked, I admit it seems the wrong sort of print and possibly fabric for this style. The print hides the detail in the neck drape. Perhaps the print in a more 1980s style.

    This style is sooooo Audrey Hepburn. The pockets seem to be in the right place for the era and style actually. Intended more as a style detail and not for use. Pressed crisply - and not very good for sitting, more for stand about cocktail parties.

    Best wishes, Jane

  2. Maybe if you put your hair up in a big bun. j/k

  3. I do agree that the fabric seems to be a little fussy for the design.

  4. It would probably be a good idea to transform this into a nice top because of the print. But I also believe that pattern made in black would look classy and classic.

  5. I love the fabric and the dress... just not together, the details are lost, but the dress is flattering on you!

  6. How about a solid jersey sans kangaroo pocket?
    Agree with Glorious Hats that the print doesn't lend itself to style of dress.
    HOWEVER, the silhouette looks good on you in the bottom photo. Squinch, yes that's a word, your eyes and you'll see it too.

  7. It is a bit "busy" as my mom would say. Love the shape though!

    I have a weekly Thursday blog party especially for people to share things they've made to be worn. Stop by if you'd like!