This is an outfit - and a day - we're not likely to forget, right?
Well, apparently the pattern companies are worried that we might, because they're reproducing the Isabel Toledo/Michelle Obama inauguration day outfit as fast as they can.
First, they gave us Simplicity 2552, which at least tried to masquerade as a wardrobe pattern - Hey, look, I'm a skirt and a top and a cardigan, and oh, yeah, I'm a dress and a long princess-seamed cardigan with a tie in the front, but I'm not really a knockoff of the inaugural dress. Look, I'm hot pink!
For those of us not swayed by the purple prose - and fuchsia fabric - provided by Simplicity, it was followed up by Butterick 5396, which, to their credit, didn't beat around the bush and pretend to be more than it was.
Their envelope announces, loud and clear, Get yer inaugural knockoffs right here! Looky, looky, you got your dress, with and without sleeves, you got your flattering princess-seamed tie-front long cardigan. And hey, just in case you're really clueless what we're going for here, I'm yellow! (Please ignore the fake jewels they stuck on my neckline; the stylist couldn't find a cool necklace and this was their solution.) Buy me, I look more like the original.
Just to bring it home, did you notice that the model on the Butterick envelope is actually wearing green gloves? We get it, we get it!
Admission of guilt here. I did buy the Simplicity pattern, and it serves me right, because now that I look at them side by side, I like the Butterick pattern much better.
If you're going to knock something off, at least make a quality knockoff. Having had the privilege of fogging the glass case around the original outfit at FIT's Isabel Toledo exhibit, the Butterick pattern is a much better version.
I've been working on the jacket, honestly, but it's going slowly. Some of that is due to the heat, and the fact that I've been trying to organize the workroom again and there's a huge pile of fabric in front of the air conditioner, and some of it is because my organizing urge has spread to the rest of the house and I'm whizzing around getting in my own way and not really accomplishing much of anything.