Memorable or Forgettable? Vogue 8570

“Fashion is made to become unfashionable.”  Coco Chanel

I tried to keep this quote in mind while admiring Kate Spade’s new black and white paisley garments.

This snappy print is featured all over the website in the form of a skirt, a top, a dress, handbags and other accessories all seen here.

Fun, yes!

Classic, no!

Would I have if I indulged in one of these memorable pieces of clothing if I were shopping this year? I’d like to think not at $238.00 for the skirt, $238.00 for top, $398.00 for the dress and now $498.00 for a silk dress of the same print at Saks, but who knows…….

Realizing these cute clothes have a short street life, I  probably would have worn  my purchase more than it was intended just to get my money’s worth.

There she is wearing that black and white paisley again….

Fortunately for me, $10.00 of fabric and a pattern from my stash

cured the urge to splurge!

 I found the fabric on Mood Fabrics website and decided to make a tunic version of this pattern I’ve admired for years.  Now I have my own memorable garment for the summer. I hope I can avoid wearing it around the same people repeatedly :)

For now I’m opting to wear a pin at the neckline in lieu of the button, allowing me to change the look for different occasions. Here I’m wearing a pin my aunt made from antique buttons.

I know my tunic is no Kate Spade but it serves the same purpose as the $400.00 dress and I won’t feel bad should it receive an early retirement.
 It is actually one of my best sewn garments inside and out!

Memorable or forgettable?

The clothes – most likely forgettable.  The year –  definitely memorable.

I can hardly believe I’m concluding Month 10.

Best wishes for a great weekend!

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53 Responses to Memorable or Forgettable? Vogue 8570

  1. Emmy Lou says:

    Very cute pattern and love the fabric. I am all for common sense approach to fashion. You excel at it. I think my 32 year old daughter would love this style…..aaawwwh to be 32 again and no ham arms to spoil the effect. I am now off to Mood to see if you left me a yard! LOL!

  2. Heather says:

    I really like it too. And you are right it will be memorable and great for this year. 10 months seems to have flown by – it looks like it has permanently changed your shopping, how much will stick do you think? And do you know what your first purchase will be?

    • Thank you, Heather! It’s amazing how quickly a year passes. I really don’t know what my first purchase will be but I’m definitely buying a black sweater set once I’m back in the retail world. I wish I had bought one before I started this year of no shopping!

  3. Pauline Droy says:

    this looks lovely and actually nicer the the KS version. 10 months – I am still keen to see if you continue after the year is finished!

  4. CherryPix says:

    Another beautiful black and white! Could you just purchase double the amount of fabric you usually buy and send half to me??? I love your fabric choices. That style looks great on you too.

    • Hi Cherry and thank you! Yes, I’ll be happy to buy twice as much fabric from now on if you will buy me airline tickets to the UK for delivery :)

      • CherryPix says:

        Sure…I’ll send tickets and meet your in the UK…we could do all the fabulous markets and Goldhawk Rd in London, catch up with some UK bloggers then keep flying, down to Sydney, Australia (where I live) ;-)

        Imagine an international sewing tour where we took our fellow bloggers to visit fabric shops / textile-fashion museums / short courses in our home towns….then joined the group to visit other places….

        what a hoot that would be!!!

    • Oops! I thought you were in UK all this time. A ticket to Australia would work too! … and the international sewing tour idea is the best yet :)

  5. sue says:

    Great top – wear it to death while you can! :)

  6. prttynpnk says:

    The dress looks like a Lisette pattern- I love lIsette but your Vogue choice is alot more stylish and tailored. I like the brooch closure too- you can throw a pop of color at it if you so chose.

  7. sewbusylizzy says:

    I’m so curious… are you looking forward to the end of the year? How much do you think this year has changed you? Do you think you will revert or are you reformed? Semi reformed?
    I found myself in a clothes shop last week and caught myself thinking ‘cute dress’ and then I thought ‘it’s just a pleated skirt with a double dart bodice and a scooped neckline – easy to make’. I left the shop empty handed with a smile on my face. I’m finding I am much more critical about what I buy and why. That’s a good thing.

    • Hi Lizzie!
      I’m looking forward to having a choice and not feeling pressured about sewing. I’m not sure where this year will lead and will let things unfold naturally, but yes – at the moment I’m feeling quite reformed from blowing $$$$$$ on clothes!

      • sewbusylizzy says:

        It’s an inspirational journey you have taken and I hope you continue to share your sewing adventures and the odd shopping indulgence too.

  8. Patty says:

    You hit the nail on the head with this one! Cute!

  9. Tracey says:

    As always, fabric, pattern and fit are right on the mark! The top is too cute and you will be happy to have it in this blazing heat!

    I too, would love for you to continue your blog after your year of sewing. Whenever I see a ruffle,, I think of Miss GoodbyeValentino!

  10. Lori says:

    Very pretty style and fabric, I like the tunic length, too. Ten months with no buying is amazing, good for you.

  11. Becky says:

    I hope you keep sewing after this year. Your creativity and interpretations of fashions you have seen is so inspiring. I think your style improves those things that you would have bought in the past. I hope you have enjoyed doing this because I have certainly enjoyed watching you!

  12. Gail says:

    I love black and white and your fabulous tunic is no exception.

  13. Cissie says:

    So cute! Love the back,too! I’m guessing that you’re going to find it hard to return to retail. I know that I’ve been able to do very little in the past two years. I only succumb to really well-made RTW. And usually things that are difficult to replicate, I do hope you’ll continue on this journey as it is so inspiring to so many!

  14. Becky says:

    I think your version is adorable! It looks so well made too.

  15. Carolyn says:

    I love your interpretation of the inspiration garment. Great job.

  16. katy says:

    Love this one! Looks great on you.

  17. Andrea says:

    Hi… I noticed you use a lot of 100% cotton fabric. How do you care for the fabric to keep it from fading or getting limp? Do you have to iron everything? Dry clean or do you wash?

    I love this last top! I am starting to get inspired to sew again. Right not I am altering clothes from losing weight – yeah!!! Although alterations is not my favorite thing to do.


    • Thank you, Andrea! Many of the cottons are blended with lycra which of course is a huge help in retaining shape and color. However, I line almost everything I make especially 100% cotton garments. It makes the world of difference. I prewash the fabric before sewing and then wash in cold water. Congratulations on your weight loss!

      • Andrea says:

        One last question. What type of lining fabric do you use? I’m going to Mary Jo’s today!!!

      • It depends on the fabric….. sometimes poly/cotton batiste and other the silky polyester stuff. Mary Jo’s has two types one of which I prefer because it has a slight texture making it easier to handle. Have fun!!

  18. You obviously have always had an eye for quality in clothing. Now you can really create that quality on your own. I find, as some have said, that it is hard to pay for items that I know I can make (especially) easily. Did you imagine that you would become a talented sewer in the process?
    Your projects are all really exceptionally well done (imho). What an inspiring journey you have been experiencing! Thank you for bringing us along.

    • Violet – Thank you so much for this lovely comment! Thirty years ago I bought my first “good” dress and was hooked on quality clothing though I couldn’t always afford what I wanted. After taking the Couture Dress class I have more appreciation for high end RTW and am trying to aspire to that quality with my sewing but it’s not easy for me. Fitting is the hardest part for sure!

  19. Wonderful! Isn’t it great to be able to sew something up , wear it as much or as little as you like, and know you didn’t spend a fortune? Love the top!

  20. sarah says:

    I found your blog through the couture class on Craftsy. I had so much fun reading all your posts over the last week. Congrats on 10 months! It has been inspiring!

  21. Opal says:

    I love your top, it looks great on you. Your sense of humor put a smile on my faceq.

  22. Karen says:

    I like your version much better than the Kate Spade ones! It is so attractive -and foregoing a button for a different choice of pins every time you wear it is a brilliant idea! (Plus – no buttonhole needed!)

  23. sewellen says:

    I love this! Great fabric, pattern, everything

  24. Myra says:

    This is so pretty! You did a beautiful job on this on! Will you continue to do you own clothes after this year?

  25. Kari says:

    I LOVE that fabric!! It’s perfect for the pattern!

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