Mrs. Roper and the Reverse Mullet

No, I’m not writing children’s literature … I’ve just started naming all my newest creations.

Those who know me best know that I have an, ahem, interesting personal style. Yes, I like trends and what’s going on in the fashion world. But I also like lots of color and pattern. Recently I wore a beautiful, multi-colored Scout tee that I had made years ago and a friend exclaimed that it was so pretty and she wasn’t used to seeing me in such bold colors and patterns. I was shocked! Had I accidentally become … a NEUTRALS person? (No offense to all my beloved friends who love neutrals … we just all know that’s not me.)

So when Kimberly from Straight Stitch Designs asked me to help test her newest pattern (have you noticed I kind of love pattern testing for Kimberly?), I said yes! And dug into my craziest fabrics.

First up is what I call my Mrs. Roper top. Because doesn’t this look like something made from one of Mrs. Roper’s housedress/caftans? (I evidently have a thing for her. It’s not the first time I’ve referenced her in a handmade item.) I bought like 4 yards of this fabric for $4 or something from a thrift store. It’s definitely 100% polyester. Which means it’s highly flammable … but also, spit-up and food spillage just wipes right off. So, I’ll take it.


The bias cut of the Bryant Dolman not only provides beautiful drape, but it also allows for patterns to be highlighted in such an interesting way.


And I personally love a drapey, slightly oversized top. It is flattering, feminine, and COMFORTABLE.


Then I got all excited about making a second Bryant out of this fantastic tie-dye rayon jersey … and after cutting out the front, I realized that I didn’t have enough left for the back. I know, I know … measure twice, cut once, blah blah blah.


So I improvised with some lovely chiffon I had in my stash for the back of my Bryant. And voila! The Reverse Mullet was born.

You know … party in the front, business in the back.

This one has a slightly different fit as the pattern is intended for knits, but the back is a woven. Still, I find it rather flattering and a fun mash-up to a great pattern.

Thanks for having me back, Kimberly! Grab your own copy of the Bryant Dolman while it’s on sale!