I really hate the buzzword “remix” but it seemed especially appropriate here.
I don’t have to tell you exactly how old I am, but I’ll at least let on that I’m authentically Grunge Era. Generation X. Born between 1961 and 1981. However you want to define it. So I can wear this in good faith.
Butterick 5187 is from 1977 or 1978, I think (it’s not dated; I’m fudging based on information from other patterns) but it reminded me of three Grunge Era essentials:
1) Baby-doll dresses: Raised waist, baggy shape (lack of shape?).
2) Baja hoodies: Hood, pockets, baggy/boxy shape. No self-respecting stoner was without a baja when I was in high school and college. Personally, I hated them, but you can’t deny they were iconic.
3) In this particular example, flannel: Plaid flannel, specifically. Lots of that going around in the Nineties.
If I’m honest, I’ll admit right now that I never actually got into grunge. Yeah, I swiped my father’s 1970′s Pendletons–my flannels were wool, thank you very much–and totally had the look, but really it was because wide-legs meant that we girls with thighs could finally find jeans that fit, and baggy overshirts were a great cover for those of us who couldn’t possibly keep up with my high school’s WASP-y fashion status quo. The only grunge music I had was on a couple of mix tapes given to me by friends; I don’t even remember which songs they were. This was about when I started to get really into roots country and old-time music, so Nirvana didn’t stand a chance.
I made a few changes.
1) No hood. I don’t want to go that baja. I cut the neckline down a little bit because I mostly intend to wear this in the winter, over a henley.
2) I changed the front from a neck split to a button front. This was easy–decide how much overlap I wanted, add half of that to each side of the front, add seam allowance, improvise facing.
3) Pockets. Gotta have pockets.
4) I added a contrast facing to the sleeves so, when they were folded back, they would have (in this case) bias-cut cuffs. The cuffs button to the sleeves for support. I also cut the sleeves wider, again because I mean to wear it over a shirt.
And, yeah–I basically custom-made this to wear with the engineer boots.
It’s actually a whole lot less unflattering than I thought it would be. I think it looks better in real life, even.
For the record: I bought this flannel at Wal-Mart and I think it’s my duty to tell everyone out there to run fast, run far, if they find themselves tempted to purchase any. I had no idea fabric could be woven so far off-grain as this stuff was. I c0uldn’t cut anything on the fold because the grain was so off that the plaid would have run downhill across the pattern piece. Complete disaster.