Today’s Pattern Story (and Sale)

by Erin on December 3, 2009


Vogue 1875

Can you hear this pattern's voiceover? I can. Listen:

*I* am an individual. In fact, I am unremittingly individualist. I practise (see, look, I use a British spelling, despite being from Iowa) individualism. You might say I have individualismo. Or -ma. Individualisma. That ineffable aura of being ME and ONLY Me. Nobody else can be me, because I am an individual as you can get. Even when I was conceived, I was an individual—nobody even considered that I might be part of a conjoined twin. Look, I must hold my head from the unbearable mental strain of my individualism! (Also, this is my good side.) I should bottle this individualness and sell it. I would call it Indi.Vidual. Because random punctuation is so individualistic! Also, it would smell purple.

Pay no attention to the wannabe over there in pink. If she were a true individualist she would wear black, like me. Also, she only has one piece of asymmetrical clothing! Total amateur.

That said, I totally would have worn this in 1986. If you would wear it in 2010 (because there's no way you're sewing this before the end of the year, let's not kid ourselves here) click on the image and buy it (warning: it's classic Miyake so it is VERY EXPENSIVE) from Wendy at Pattern Stash, because she is having a sale! 15% for Dress a Day readers. Go nuts!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Mandi December 3, 2009 at 10:04 am

I love it! I would wear it in 2010…but I cant spend $75 on a used pattern. But it sure would make me feel like…. an individualist!

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Packrat December 3, 2009 at 10:10 am

Uhh, sorry, Im not thrilled (and wouldnt have been in the 80s) with the armholes on that top. Now, the neckline is to kill for. Well, not quite, but almost!

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paco peralta December 3, 2009 at 10:12 am
Divajean December 3, 2009 at 10:42 am

In the back of my head, I can hear the theme music for Bonjour Jeans ads in the 80s. They had similarly attituded ladies in tight Bonjour Jeans with the phrase Bonjour…. action…. Bonjour… action ad nauseum.I get this is not a jeans related item, but the attitude is identitical.

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evalyn December 3, 2009 at 11:56 am

I was creatively envisioning the expressionistic dance moves that went with the voice-over. On a bare stage, behind a sheet, so as to be totally individual.

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Pattern Junkie December 3, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Ah, but Pink has NO EYES! That is so-o-o-o individual!

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Serendipity Handmade December 3, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Now THIS is the 80s fashion that doesnt make me cringe when I hear the words 80s comeback…. I would have worn this is 1986 too.

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Christy Sews December 3, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Had I seen this in the 80s, I definitely would have worn it (and taken a break from my o-ring bracelets and flashdance t-shirts — and, if I forget, leg warmers). Id sew it now if it was in my budget right now. sigh.

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Cookie December 3, 2009 at 2:21 pm

If it were a long column and maroon, I could see it today on Sela Ward. But that doesnt mean its really my style…

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Nadine December 3, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Is practise British spelling? Who knew! Whats the non-British spelling? (And I totally love the dress.)

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Anonymous December 3, 2009 at 6:29 pm

You mean all my 80s and 90s Miyake patterns are worth MONEY? It makes me sad that those square shapes dont really look that good on me. They look so cool on the models. The sewing details are all really neat, too.

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J. December 3, 2009 at 9:54 pm

omg, i think i did wear this in 1986. i still have a drawer full of miyake patterns; i know ill never sew them again but just cant get rid of them (and this one is tame in comparison to most of the others.)

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Vegan December 3, 2009 at 11:34 pm

The hem on that asymmetrical skirt doesnt seem asymmetrical enough. It seems that part of the difference is the way shes standing, with her left hip higher. So if she were to stand straighter, there would be even less of an asymmetry.But far be it from me to question Miyake . . .

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Nathalie December 4, 2009 at 3:24 am

Ah, the 80s pattern pose… Lots of standing on one leg in order to accentuate the reverse triangle look with the super boxy shoulders…

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Theresa December 4, 2009 at 8:33 am

I am so individual that I will not make or wear this. I know Issey Miyake is very beloved, but everything of his I have seen so far I think is very unflattering. Just my humble opinion. Funny story though — I really enjoyed it.

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Glamour Girl December 4, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Look, I must hold my head from the unbearable mental strain of my individualism!Erin, you are a riot!

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Anonymous December 5, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I think black/grey/white is somewhat disturbed by the lack of facial features on pink.

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