Thursday, June 27, 2013

What was I thinking? The French House Dress and Freebie Friday

Marcy Tilton is an extraordinary person-I love her spirit of adventure, her creativity, her enthusiasm for fashion, and her designs.  I have this pattern V 8813 and periodically will gaze at it, wondering why it isn't hanging in my closet.  I must have planned for this dress 2-3 times, and even brought all the supplies to Design Outside the Lines in Sisters, OR.  for some up close and personal feedback.  "Sew it"  "You'll love it"  "I did this and it is really cute"  on and on and on...from other DOL participants.  There are 15 reviews on PatternReview and the dress is indeed cute.  Everyone looks happy and artistic and creative in their French House Dresses.

But I am not going to sew this dress.  Look, it's simple, the pockets replicate what my hips are already doing.  The short sleeves would highlight the fat part of my arms.  The uneven hanging hem would drag me even closer to the ground (I'm 5'1" or 5' 2" on good day).   I have a  curvaceous shape and I'm muscular.  I kid you not guys...I used to buck hay, I have run a log splitter, I have ridden 30+ miles many times on Woodrow.  So, I really do look best in clothing which highlights the feminine and downplays the "tomboy".  This dress would hide my assets.

Notice how S 2369 (red geometric wrap top) follows my shape while hiding those drooping hips?  Better choice.

V 8390 is also a wrap top but a tad more fitted.  Also a better choice.

One of the changes which come with age is the clarity to know what you want to wear and how you want to present yourself.  I love slouchy beach tees, and lagenlook clothing. I can wear these things in small doses.  For me, the key to loose clothing is to wear a fitted piece along with it.  And that little rule which I want to follow won't work with  V 8813.

How does this epiphany affect you?  I know there is someone out there who would love to sew this dress, and could rock the look.  If you are interested in this FREE pattern, please comment below.  I'll close the giveaway on Sunday at 11:59 Pacific, and draw a name at random on Monday am.

28 comments:

  1. Lagenlook...I had to Google it. Where have I been? I, too, have admired various takes on this dress, but ultimately decided against it, mostly for the reasons you mentioned. I've had roomy garments that I loved - until I actually saw a photo of myself in them.

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  2. I don't want the pattern, I just wanted to say good on you for working out what suits you!

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  3. I don't want the pattern either - would make me look like a clown. Just stopping by to say I enjoyed the post.

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  4. I agree with Katherine - good for you to work out what works for you. I think this dress is very nice on some figures - but not mine. It has too much fabric on the bust and hides my best asset - my hips. I think it's cute, but not for me.

    I like that wrap top on you - especially the second one! (I am not sure if it's blue or grey, but it's really on you.)

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  5. I love the dress but I can't wear it either for the same reasons. I do like those wrap tops on you.

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  6. Mary, you are right - this dress would totally overwhelm you - you probably instinctively knew that already. I always thought it was a big droopy bag myself, and never liked it - it wouldn't work for me, but I can understand why some people would like it. Like you, I prefer simple clothes that allow action and movement. I'd get tangled up in this dress :)

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  7. You've changed the look of your blog as well :)

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  8. YOu know what? I applaud you. I have swayed myself toward makes that are so cute on others that I ignore my figure and look like a well-festooned barrel in them. A wise woman plays her strengths.

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  9. I'm not a huge fan of this look on me either - I feel you can either work this style well, or it will eat you! From what I am gathering most of us have a little part of our bodies we like to 'enhance' and the shape of this dress will deny us that chance - you may well be stuck with this pattern, but it has served itself well in just making us all look and think carefully about what we are making/wearing ... J

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  10. I am exactly the person this was NOT designed for, it would make me look even more like a linebacker than I do already. Good for you figuring it out before wasting a lovely bunch of fabric.

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  11. Great post, enjoyed your thought process. Blog looks good. So does that red wrap top!

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  12. I know where you are coming from - wouldn't work for me either.

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  13. My god, it looks as though many of us are in the same camp. Iryna may have herself a freebie with no drawing! I do believe that it looks lovely on namy women, especially those who are lanky. I've totally enjoyed your comments, thanks.

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  14. You are so right! Recognizing what is "me" and what is not is so liberating. I still make bad decisions now and then, but that's part of learning. With that said, I'm not interested in the pattern, but I so enjoyed your post!

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  15. I would like to try this out, looks like a perfect house/beach dress for me. Your tops are both pretty!

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  16. Interesting post. Obviously made us all think. I love Marcy's designs, generally on others. It is a wise woman who looks at Fashion versus Style and makes her choices based on her style, her body, and her lifestyle. Kudos!

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  17. Hmmm...I'm intrigued by the pattern, but have something similar in my stash. I agree with your post on sewing things that you know work for your body type, like your two tops. I would say I sew like this 90% of the time, but the other 10%... I like to play with new shapes and take risks...just for the fun of it. Sometimes the outcome is pleasantly surprising and other times it is just dismal. I have to remember to keep my expectations at bay when I'm working on a 10% project. Those are all about the journey...and cheap fabric :-)

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  18. Oh dear, I already have this pattern or I would leap at putting my name down for your generous offer! I keep getting it out and looking at it too, and I just don't know. It "looks" great on the envelope. I wish I had your clarity of vision when it comes to assessing what styles suit me and which don't!

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  19. I agree, it is the rare person that would look really good in this dress. not enough shape. Not something I would ever make. The wrap tops looks fantastic on you.

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  20. I too applaud your wisdom, Mary. You definitely rock these two tops.

    It is interesting to see how great you look in your wrap to - a super bad look on me. I love Marcy's little French dress and have made it twice. I may make it a third time.

    I will say one thing about the pockets, however. I don't believe that they add to generous hips at all. The dimension is shaped more to the front, not to the side.

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  21. It's so nice of you to offer this pattern. I know it's not for me, whew, it only took decades for me to figure out (and it's a continuing process) what shapes and styles not only fit me but are styles that are comfortable for me. I have made too many garments that had me tugging at them this way and that, then never wore them again. Brilliant to figure it out ahead of time! And oh you look lovely in those two wrap-style tops.

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  22. I would enjoy trying this dress--I don't care whether it flatters me, but it has a lot of scope for creativity with color blocking, or pattern matching, and trims, and those are things I want to start learning to incorporate in my sewing.

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  23. Good for you for making the right choices of pieces that you look great in.All too often in the past, I've sewn something because I just had to try that pattern and the thing just hangs in my closet.

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  24. Good observations! I just started cutting this dress out this weekend as part of my "use the stash" effort, but I do have some reservations, so will keep my fingers crossed. very into dresses right now, so comfy in the heat....

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  25. The tops you highlighted look GREAT on you. It is important to figure out what will suit . . . and what will not. Part of my ongoing journey. Thank you for the post--it's a reminder to always examine the line-drawings and visualize how a garment will actually fit one's body.

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  26. I am SO with you on the loosey goosey clothing! I think I would like to wear it, and imagine the ease of style and floaty comfort, but I always end up looking like I'm wearing a mumu three sizes too big!

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  27. I'm late to the party here (just catching up on blog reading) but I applaud you on making decisions about what works for your body! I love my version of this dress, but I had to tweak to daylights out of it to get there!

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