Today we are excitedly kicking off one of our absolute favorite series of the year, the “Ugly Duckling” Pattern Challenge!!!!! I think it is our favorite because it gives new life to some “otherwise never used” patterns that are sitting in thrift stores or attics everywhere…..and maybe the fact that we believe every vintage pattern has some redeeming qualities about it. (Which is probably why we are hoarding so many…)
Take for example a million of these bad 80’s patterns like this beauty that I chose for my ugly duckling (I think I can safely say that because I had a quite a few of these dresses ;). Just look at view C; a high lace collar, drop waisted, curved waistline, asymmetrical hemline, huge puffed sleeves AND ruffles all rolled into one little girls’ dress pattern (never mind the fact that it doesn’t fit the poor girl and—clothes were wayyyy baggier in the 80’s) but it STILL has some redeeming qualities.
Need a great peter pan collar? For fifty cents—you got one! Or a basic bodice pattern? Yep, take away all the other crazy embellishments and you’ve got it!
And here’s what I made…..
Taking inspiration from the lace collar itself I decided to make the whole dress out of lace. I also adjusted the waistline up to a more natural waist (although I really did think about keep it dropped—but I figured with the lace it might not show as well) and then cut the skirt in one piece instead of adding the ruffle.
And the dress was a hit! Nevermind the fact that we did a photoshoot in 30 mph winds…and are trying to block them by hiding behind a public restroom…the dress has been claimed and declared that “she loves it” especially with the gold sparkle belt that we found for $1.97 at Old Navy last week. And I agree with her…I do think it makes the dress.
So dig through mom’s or grandma’s attic and see what you can come up with for your very own “Ugly Pattern.” We have an Ugly Pattern linky party going on here and a contest on instagram as well with the hastag #uglypatternparty—-both of which will have some awesome prizes!!!!
(You don’t have to sew up the patterns….we just want you to take a picture of the ugliest vintage–pre 1989 pattern you can find and link it up!!!)
And we have lined up a bunch of other friends who have their own “Ugly Duckling Patterns” that they have made into swans—and we CAN NOT wait to show you what they have done. You are going to be amazed!!!!