Better late than never… a Mondo tribute outfit.

So folkses. I’ve actually had this sweater in my possession (unhemmed, of course) since a few days after the terrible event that I still can’t talk about without tearing up. Freaking amazon hipster stealing the win from Mondo, he of the kneesocks and tapdancing… It took me forever to finish the skirt (and hem the sweater.) So here’s a quick little unveling of my Mondo tribute outfit… First, me winning a staring contest with Lucy the hound.
Mondo-lucy

The sweater is made from my modified Hot Patterns Weekender Cabana t-shirt pattern (served up with a bow here!) This was my first serger project, and let’s just say I was THIS CLOSE to going with a flashdance- inspired neckline. Also, I’m happy to report that I still possess all of my fingers and most of my hair, despite the nefarious serger’s best efforts to rob me of both. The sweater is made from a very squeaky acrylic sweater knit that I got from Joann’s. Not the nicest fabric I’ve ever touched, but polka dotted sweater knit. How could I pass it up?

The skirt is made from a crazy loosely woven purple/grey/black woven. I lined with hot pink Ambiance. I was recently overcome with giddiness, having found a local source for every single color of Ambiance under the sun as well as hair canvas! The skirt fabric is ridiculous. I serged the edges, stabilized with twill tape, zig-zagged extra, treated with general loving kindness and was repaid with an unraveling mess. I have serious concerns that the skirt will fall apart upon it’s first trip out of the house. Live and learn…

The skirt pattern is another Franken-Jenny – the skirt pattern is from Vogue 8648, a dress pattern, with the waistband from the Burda Jenny pattern. The skirt displays some of the tricks I’ve found to make a pencil skirt work, no pockets (obvs), very high waistband that creates an hourglass shape, very textures fabric to hide various lumps and bumps and a lining to make everything slide around nicely. I would have liked to remove a bit more width from the hem (i.e. pegging) – I skipped that due to the raveling issue. The princess seams were holding it together so I didn’t want to mess with a good thing. Now that I see the photos, I am thinking I might hem it a bit shorter…

Here’s the side/back/front views – Mr. Bug and I tried another photo session, it was still pretty weird. Also, have I mentioned how much I hate the lack of light?
mondo-side  mondo-back  mondo-front

And why is this a Mondo tribute outfit? Well, thanks to EW.com and the Heidi K., I can show you…
klum-mondo-dress_300

 

Because I have a more than normal dose of self confidence, of course I like my version better. Followed by the Mondo original (those shoulders! the cuffs!) Heidi’s version, not so much. The lack of sleeves bums me out!
Mondo-backfun

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22 Comments
  • Psycho Sue- Sew Misunderstood
    November 29, 2010

    i love you for this.

  • Tasia
    November 25, 2010

    So fun, I love the big graphic polka-dots! Patty 1, Serger 0.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Anonymous
    November 25, 2010

    I think it looks fab. I haven't sewed since 1971, high school tailoring class – maybe some curtains. Anyway, I don’t sew, but I love your blog and actually consider dragging out the old machine. You are fun and inspirational.

    Gail

  • K.Line
    November 25, 2010

    You are a genius stylist. I love this.

  • Marybeth
    November 24, 2010

    So cute! I like the way you write – you make me chuckle… You're right – Mondo's dress looks better with the sleeves – Heidi listened to Michael and Nina, but I think they were wrong… Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • anotheryarn
    November 24, 2010

    Very cute. I eye that polka-dot print every time I walk into JoAnn's lately. But then I second guess my ability to work with it (I'm still knit phobic), the fabric content and scale of the print on my 5 ft self. So I can't decide if your declaration of "squeaky" makes me feel okay about not getting it or your cute top makes me want to run out and buy that fabric (maybe the pattern too).

  • Joy
    November 24, 2010

    Ha, yes, your version (the whole outfit) is better!

  • tanitisis
    November 24, 2010

    Adorable! I love the thick skirt fabric and the polkadot sweater.

    Would underlining (or maybe fusing the whole thing to something really lightweight) have helped the skirt? I agree, 1 or 2" shorter would be darling for the skirt, though if you don't want to mess with it at this point I understand :)

  • Andrea
    November 24, 2010

    I love the outfit! Look at how cute you are in your pigtails!!!!

  • Karen in VA
    November 24, 2010

    Super outfit…I also love polka dots and think Mondo was ROBBED!! You are an inspiration to me…..

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • The Long & Winding Bobbin
    November 24, 2010

    Love this outfit! polka dots look great on you :-)

  • The Long & Winding Bobbin
    November 24, 2010

    Love this outfit! polka dots look great on you :-)

  • The Long & Winding Bobbin
    November 24, 2010

    Love this outfit! polka dots look great on you :-)

  • The Long & Winding Bobbin
    November 24, 2010

    Love this outfit! polka dots look great on you :-)

  • The Long & Winding Bobbin
    November 24, 2010

    Love this outfit! polka dots look great on you :-)

  • The Long & Winding Bobbin
    November 24, 2010

    Love this outfit! polka dots look great on you :-)

  • The Long & Winding Bobbin
    November 24, 2010

    Love this outfit! polka dots look great on you :-)

  • The Long & Winding Bobbin
    November 24, 2010

    Love this outfit! polka dots look great on you :-)

  • The Long & Winding Bobbin
    November 24, 2010

    Love this outfit! polka dots look great on you :-)

  • Laurwyn
    November 24, 2010

    I was rooting for Mondo too! And I loved this print. It is a polka dot (which is good by itself) AND it is a quirky kind of print…
    The top looks great, especially with the skirt. The skirt looks great too. You make me feel like trying pencil skirts again!

  • Faye Lewis
    November 24, 2010

    You look great~

  • LAP
    November 24, 2010

    Crazy about the sweater top(love how the variegated polka-dots look on the neck binding especially) and I'm crayayzee about that skirt fabric. Even if it absconded with my last piece of chocolate, its tweediness seems that yummy. I think a smidge higher hem would make your calves the most shapely. It's inspired by Mondo, with a major Joan Holloway in charge vibe.

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