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Ode to Pretty In Pink

I have loved the movie “Pretty In Pink” since I first saw it 25+ years ago.

pretty in pink

You see as a child, I was in love with fashion design and routinely called my Barbies by the name Andi.  So this movie brought together all of my childhood loves.  It was meant to be.  The only thing about the movie that bothered me was the dress at the end.  I watched the movie last night and it continued to disappoint.  She had all of those great materials and could use them in any way she wanted.  And this is what she decided on?  Really?

the dress

The Dress

So I thought, what would I have done differently?  Here are some ideas I threw together.  And remember, it was the 80’s!

the material list

The fabric list

3 styles

3 ideas

2 styles

two more ideas….

homage to the original

staying truer to her original design- with some slight modifications

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Dusting off my Pattern Making Skills

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I have a tunic that I love.  You can dress it up or dress it down.  Wear it with leggings or skinny jeans.  I bought fabric over a year ago to make my own version of it.  I decided it was time to roll up my sleeves and dust off my pattern making skills.  I used the tunic to make a rough pattern and adjusted as I went.  The only issue I ran into was that I did not have enough of the polka dot fabric to prepare true bias cut binding at the armholes and neckline, so it is cut cross grain and isn’t as soft as I had hoped.  Overall I am happy with the end result and ready to make another one!

the inspiration

the original inspiration

tools of the trade

tools of the trade

copying the original

using the original to make the rough pattern

patterning

pattern taking shape

pleats

getting the pleats aligned at the front

fabric choices

the fabrics

sewing

yes, that is a Brother Project Runway sewing machine

test assembly

Test fit to make sure it is balanced and fits

frt detail

detail of the front bodice

end product

completed tunic with tee and necklace – throw on some leggings or skinny jeans and voila!