Yes, I know I'm supposed to be doing school work, but this is really important! I've already finished half of the essays, but desperately need a break!
Anyhow, there is a new contest taking place this year, which is sponsored by Pattern Review. Contestants may choose any of the "Best of..." patterns since 2005, and make their own version. I own three from the list, but these 2 are my contenders: Vogue 8379 and Butterick 4790.
The Vogue was my first pick, when the list of options was only "Best Patterns of 2008". I was thinking black jersey embellished with hand-stitching and beadwork along the neckline or hem. A lot of work for me, who has never done beadwork on a garment before! Black on black would be so chic and elegant, something that I could actually wear if the judges don't think it's so great.
Today the contest Gods smiled down and more options opened up, and now I am considering the Butterick, which makes me think of Summerset. Could she knock this one out of the park, or what? Oh crap, she just might. Maybe I should shut up now...
The 2-color view is my favorite, and I know it has a lot of potential, but I'm not sure what I would do with it yet. I like the idea of a flash of color inside the skirt, or a really fancy contrast trim. Maybe a more casual version in a solid with some hand-painted embellishment on the skirt hem?
I have until August 15 to enter, so give me your feedback. These 2 patterns couldn't be more different, but what do you think???