My look has moved on from the “Japanese Hippie Doomsday Cult” looks I tried when sewing up garments from “Happy Homemade Sew Chic,” a Japanese sewing pattern book by Yoshiko Tsukiori. Yet every so often, like Michael Corleone in The Godfather movies, it pulls me back in.
Today’s fashion explosion shows how premature my look was. Behold, this full-page ad from the Ralph Lauren spring collection was in The New York Times last week:
The colorway is different, but the design is very similar. I got this fabric from Mood – it was sold as a Ralph Lauren panel, about 56 inches square. I made this beach coverup from Happy Homemade’s project P: Pinafore Dress, in August 2015 – that’s a whole 2.5 years before Ralph Lauren came out with that skirt. So I declare myself not just fashion-forward, but fashion-leading.
Take that, Ralph!