Like I was saying, there isn’t that much to work with. But I really do think that you can find something redeemable AND usable in just about any pattern—even if it’s a tiny tot tulip bikini top.
First, take the bottoms and sew them up to use for bloomers. (Which I did and I followed the original instructions which had me make them in a way that I had never made bloomers before so that was interesting.)
Second, take the exact tulip pattern from the top and use it as an embellishment on something else.
Oh! And I forgot to tell you that the tulip on the dress is also a pocket which will probably be put to good use this summer.
So that’s that. My favorite ugly pattern and what I made with it.
I love thrifted patterns. They have not only taught me how to sew but they have made sewing clothing affordable for me—at 25 and 50 cents a pattern I can afford to try as many different styles and techniques as I like.
Especially if I combine a thrifted pattern with thrifted fabrics and notions, which I did on this dress.
(The main fabric cost $1. The tulip fabric came from my scrap bin costing $0. And, the buttons came in a random sewing junk bag for 75 cents. Making the grand total for this outfit, after adding in the price of the patterns $2.50. Not too shabby.)
Hooray for thrifting! Hooray for sewing!
And…LONG LIVE UGLY PATTERNS!!!!
PS—In completely unrelated news—I am writing this post the night before you will read it. When you do read this I’ll be at the hospital with baby Ruth. She’s getting tubes in her ears and I am freaking out. I know, I know kids gets tubes in their ears everyday. But those kids aren’t my kids and those days aren’t today and I just don’t like stuff like this.
I’m sure I’ll up date how she is doing later in the afternoon over on Facebook.
Wish us luck.