And in the what were they thinking category…

And in the what were they thinking category…

I LOVE Vogue Patterns. They are one of the few pattern company’s with some creativity and originality. I look forward to the new pattern designs that come out every season. Imagine my surprise when I received notice of their new spring designs yesterday. I was happy to see that they have a lot of new patterns from designers this season. However, I go to the site and…. wha? Vogue? Is that you? Bear with me as I proceed to massacre….

Pattern #V2940 or the ‘Maternity Syndrome’

You know that when the skinny model is looking hippy in the photo, it probably is not going to be a very flattering outfit. Unless, of course, you are 96 pounds. No only that, but their color choice for the dress on the left is…weird. Model on the left also looks like she is about 6 months along.
Vogue, please!! I’m not pregnant and I don’t want to look like I am!
Where do I begin? This dress reminds me of the pods in The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (original, of course). It has pockets. Just to add to the bulkiness around the hip area, (like this dress needed more!).
I like the jacket, though. What I can see of it. But not enough to be stuck with the useless dress pattern. Thank god, they stopped photographing dark outfits with dark backgrounds!
I’m not too much of a bow or flouncy person but I do like them if they are not overdone. Someone should have told Oscar to stop at the sleeves.
Top 1 – is a pirate shirt. It’s definitely a contender for Jerry’s puffy shirt. I would not wear the top out to dinner. Those honking sleeves would most definitely end up in my soup. I wonder how much material is required JUST for the sleeve!

Top 2I am not, nor have I ever been a circus clown. I don’t want to LOOK like a circus clown.

Top 3 – This is basically Top 1 without the sleeves. A definite maybe out of the bunch.


Oh god, 80’s flashback – no, please!

If I was having a power lunch in Manhattan in the near future, perhaps I would consider making this….

All is not lost…..


This dress looks cute, although I would definitely choose a different fabric…
And this has some definite possibilities

4 thoughts on “And in the what were they thinking category…

  1. My ultra-feminist friend feels that the empire/maternity styles are in sync with the current political climate: specifically the Supreme Court's ruling restricting abortion. The message is that women are supposed to be/stay/are most attractive when pregnant. The empire style, when worn w/ a very short skirt, also becomes a little-girl look. Neither is exactly empowering in the patriarchy we inhabit. It's a plausible theory: the history of fashion as it reflects and/or relates to history in the making is a fascinating study.

    Beside all that, how many of us can wear that style??? Not I, said the little red hen…

  2. Well, er, usually I don't go looking for fabric that I feel looks particularly weird. I am guessing you are referring to the fabric on the model on the left?
    Why, in all that is holy do you want it, why? It looks like a leprechaun blew up on it. Seriously if you DO find material like it and make something, I would love to see the end result. You might try ebay or fashionfabricsclub.com. The material needs to be drapey, so I would go with a silk crepe or rayon. Other than that, it really depends on where you live and if you have fabric stores besides Joann's near you.
    Use Joann's as a last resort…always.

  3. Hello,
    I love your blog!
    I was wondering if you knew how to find the fabric for that pattern that you didn't care for, V2940. I'd really love to find that fabric and have been searching for it online, at JoAnn's, etc… but do not know where to look!
    Thanks!
    address is vogue@sirisudweeks.com

  4. Michelle, you are hilarious! I had just about the same thoughts when looking these over. Love the cocoon comment… yep.

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