Simple Simon and Co is having a You Can't Judge An Ugly Pattern By It's Cover party right now, which I am enjoying oh-so-much. You see, I love me some ugly vintage patterns. I've always had a thing for them. I seek them out whenever I thrift shop. I often visit a local Salvation Army that's just a treasure trove of ugly patterns. I have a whole stash of super duper ugly patterns that I've purchased because I want to see some sort of potential. It really is fun to giggle at some of the awful things that pattern companies have put out over the years. Most of the time it's not the actual pattern that's terrible, but the styling on the cover. Like this McCalls pattern from 1992.
My first thought when I picked this one up was awesome dress for a pregnant jester. In fact, I probably should have made this one up as a maternity dress. But something about it drew me in. Was it the stripe? The buttons? The fact that I desperately love that tent silhouette even though it doesn't always love me? I'm thinking that this might be a really nice dress for me this summer while I'm nursing a new little bub. I can see it in something super drape-y and maybe slightly sheer over some skinny pants. Some nice voile or burn-out. Anyway, the ladies at Simple Simon have invited others to link up their ugly patterns and I have thoroughly enjoyed checking out what everyone has posted. So I'd thought I'd add a couple more. I actually can't find my mega stash of ugly patterns right now. It seems I've misplaced a box or two in all my nesting madness at the moment (almost 38 weeks, friends-- I am so tired of being pregnant). But these two are pretty darn ugly, methinks. I can usually find a redeeming quality in a sewing pattern no matter what the envelope looks like. This one, however, I'm not so sure about.
Will I ever need a shirt with an attached concha cape? Maybe, just maybe.
Any ugly patterns in your stash? Go share them over at Simple Simon and Co.