Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ah, Yes, Another One!

Is the Flying Nun getting married?

You ask, is this also a costume pattern? Sorry, NO.

So, if not, what is Vogue trying to sell? This pattern came out in the 1970's so they must have been aware of the 1967-1970 running TV show and Sister Bertrille. Right?

Note: Okay, research has revealed that Sally Field's costume looked nothing like this, but still...

Daughters of Charity cornette

But get this, the veil/headdress/cornette/wimple contraption isn't even a part of the sewing pattern? So, why Vogue, why?! Why come out with a wedding dress pattern that evokes a celibate nun's habit? I just don't get it.

The envelope illustration is a much better representation of the dress. However, it still gives off a futuristic very Star Trek or Star Wars circa 1977 (the original) vibe. You know, "Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope ..." But then, the Star Wars costumes in that first movie were also very medieval influenced.

It was probably good news for the modest brides that it was evidently designed for because there is no hint of skin visible, not even that tempting and highly scandalous wrist area!

Images: Mom's Patterns, © Fayrouz Hancock /


Serenity Love Sincere Peace Earth said...

A wedding dress? Who is this chick marrying? Jesus?

Anonymous said...

This was my wedding dress pattern when I married in Christmas 1970; and yes, the pictured head-piece was indeed included in the pattern --it was a wired double-sided "veil" stiched to a pillbox-hat, which I didn't fancy.

I sewed my own dress--without the train-- from this pattern. It was in satin-lined lined white velvet; however I didn't like the included nun-like head-piece (pictured), and elected instead for a little"druid-style" varigated holly wreath with white ribbons falling waist-length down the back. (I wore my hair in a bun, which was pretty unusual for the era--however my friends (bless them) said I resembled Audrey Hepburn and that I looked gorgeous in an off-beat sort of way.

In retrospect (2010) think I looked like "the Ghost of Christmas past" but that it was a classic "neo-mediaeval" look which, by my old wedding album, suited me; and that look has in the photos aged well in a classic and dignified style. I was at the time 23 years old, 5'2", and weighed 97 lbs at the time, so this style suited me well. I do not regret opting for this "severe", and at the time, "avant garde" style.

"Aunt Raven" now aged 62

lsaspacey said...

Aunt Raven! Thanks so much for your comment. I would love to see a picture of you in your dress, if that's possible? I'm sure my readers would love to here this story too. PLEASE!?!