I’d just like to preface these photos by saying that I find myself accidentally dressing like Peg Bundy all the time.  And it’s not my fault.  I have red hair and I love leopard prints right now….so it just kind of happens naturally.  However, these photos are completely on purpose.

My friend Megan T. sent me this Peg doll as a birthday gift and I would have been remiss had I not done my best Peg for some photos.  I did all I could to heighten my hair.  I backcombed my little heart out.  But sadly, the 90 degree weather and 8000% humidity worked against me.  I can’t say it’s my finest performance, but I’m not mad about it either.

If I’m being completely honest, I can’t say I’ve ever actually watched an episode of this show.  I’ve only seen clips and photos of Mrs. Bundy’s epic wardrobe.  So I had to google for some phrases from her.  I’m an impostor, I know.  I do, however, LOVE Katey Sagal on Sons of Anarchy.  So does that get me the slightest amount of brownie points?

Okay, let’s talk the Xfactor pattern.  Which is why I’m here, isn’t it?

The X Factor Crop & Dress is an adorable pattern that gives you drastically different garments depending on the options you choose. You can create a cute, trendy workout crop or rash guard. Or you make a fit and flare dress that is comfortable and flattering.  The options include: crop / dress length, vneck / crew neck, short / three-quarter / long (hemmed or cuffed) sleeves, or tank top.  Mix and match to your hearts desire…you’ll probably love every single combo from this uniquely cross-front style top!  (You can read more about it on the P4P blog HERE if you wanna.)

My version here is obviously the crop top, and I mixed it with the vneck and the sleeveless option.  I actually took the skirt portion of the pattern as well, and added a waistband.  (Which I believe is also an option in the Xfactor Hacks post HERE.)  I wanted to up the saucy level a little bit, so I simply knotted one side of my skirt.  Otherwise it’s truly just a half circle skirt.

The construction of the Xfactor top is a lot easier than it looks!  It features a seam down the front middle, to allow for that magical criss-cross at the bottom hemline.  Once you see how it goes together you’ll be amazed at how easily you can make it happen for yourself.  Maybe just without the big hair.

Or with it.  Your choice.

Here are the deets, for your own Peg Bundy-esque look:


Patterns: XFactor Crop + Dress by Patterns for Pirates

Fabric: Abstract DBP from JoAnn Fabrics (sku: 400173941566)