I heart me some Modwear. Seriously. I mean, I stopped watching Project Runway halfway through two seasons ago and I’m actually almost sorry because I missed out on this guy:
And of course the anti-social rebel in me felt compelled to create a mod dress for TLo’s school uniform. Because that’s exactly what school uniforms need more of: Mod.
In that vein, I attempted to make this dress for TLo. It (technically) conforms to the dress code: sleeves, collar, solid color. Right? RIGHT?
Unfortunately, in my brilliance I decided to not (as recommended) use felted wool but instead use a slubby sort of linen-lookish cotton that I got... from somewhere. (Probably from Fabric Mart in that bundle of stuff that included the Anna Sui Harses-Harses-Harses border print and the surprise pink dotted-swiss voile. Just guessing.)
Anyway, I made the dress very specifically not from felted wool (and given that today –two days before Thanksgiving-- it's 81 degrees outside, that was probably not an unreasonable decision). Which is fine. Until I realized that one of the reasons felted wool was probably a good choice for this dress is that the ruffles on the collar are unfinished. Which obviously works fabulously in felted wool, but not so fabulously in cheap linen-lookish cotton.
Oh, the humanity.
This tragedy might have been avoided by simply overlocking or zig-zagging the edges of said ruffles... except I didn't have any orange thread. And wasn’t about to go and buy some. I could have used the white thread I used on the rest of the dress, but it would have really stood out and possibly made it no longer so “solid colored”. So I didn't attach the ruffles. Which immediately begged the question, then why make the dumb thing in the first place?
I know. It's a good question. A mod dress with no mod ruffles... is just a plain boring dress.
I did make an orange fabric rose pin to stick on the front, thinking it would at least add some visual interest. But it's too heavy and droops in a very unbecoming manner.
Here's TLo, not particularly looking fabulous in said ruffleless dress.
Plus, she wouldn’t wear the white go-go boots.
I've decided Mod is not good for us.
But here’s a Mod-ish blast from the past… if your past includes early 90’s Canadian hip-hop. Mine does.
In our next episode: BurdaStyle... apparently they think we have monkey hands for feet. It's the only explanation for their belief that assembling this dress is possible.