The “When Life Gives You MuuMuus…” Dress
Total Cost: ~$1.25
When was the last time you were looking at a modern-day Simplicity, McCall's or Butterick catalog and said "wow, they really have their fingers on the pulse of today's fashion?" Usually I wonder how they manage to even make the vintage reissues looks so dated and, well, 90s (I believe Butterick is the biggest culprit of this crime; at least Vogue is trying and I think succeeding in appealing styling!)
So imagine the train wreck that would a 1992 Simplicity muumuu pattern! I remember 1992 and I don't remember many muumuus being worn around. I remember high-waisted jeans and prairie dresses and vests and other bad clothing choices, but muumuus? Not so much.
There are uglier pattern envelopes out there: I believe I even have some of them. However, as the muumuu tends to be the punchline of ugly dress jokes, I couldn't resist Simplicity 7830. I chose the rick-rack view, knowing full well that I wasn't going to be applying any rick-rack.
As you can imagine, muumuus, without any fasteners or structure are fairly easy to construct. There was the dress front and back, the yokes, ruffle sleeves and yoke lining. A little gathering is all that is needed to add some (and I use this word lightly) "form" to the dress. Without the belt, the dress is a full-blown "Boca Raton 5:00 Early Bird Special" muumuu. With the belt, I dare say it looks quite young and, I dare-say, almost stylish! I chose to pair the dress with a $2.50 belt I bought at the Goodwill because it provides a needed contrast.
You want to know a secret? I'm wearing the muumuu now. Hello shuffleboard!