“Make It Designer” is “Make It Frumpy”
The article “Make It Designer” was a great idea–copy an expensive, elegant designer garment. But I thought the execution left a lot to be desired. The “copy” was frumpy and looked homemade. Threads does home sewing a disservice when they publish things like this. I sometimes dislike telling people that I sew my own clothes because “home sewing” has such a frumpy, penny-pinching-housewife image. The homemadey-looking “copy” shown in this article does nothing to dispel that frumpy image. The hem is wobbly, the side seam looks puckered, the bodice top edge is simply (and unflatteringly) gathered instead of finished (the original is straight), and the circle of fabric draped around the model’s shoulders doesn’t lie flat–it looks silly. The dress looks HOMEMADE–not custom-made, and certainly not “designer.”
With all the talent Threads must have at its disposal, the magazine should have seen to it that this concept was executed better.