It got rejected. I also submitted it to Knitpicks, Interweave Knits, and a handful of other design calls. Each time it would come back, a few months later, unchosen. Which happens. I knew the design was a good one, but it just never was quite what the editing team was looking for.
So I'd wait until another design call came along where this pattern would fit, repackage the pattern, and submit again.
Until last year, with Classic Elite. Over time the design layout had been updated, I'd gotten a new logo and a new company name. The wording had changed (a little) and the name had changed. It was now called Flaming Mamie, after a great swingy song I used to sing at camp.
Let's be frank - not much changed. But this time it was the right time, right place, right design, and CEY picked the design up.
So let's compare the sketch to the finished product:
Puffed sleeves, flame motif, same neckline, scoop neck and false neckline. The flames in this yarn are a little squatter and slimmer- I made them slightly smaller to accommodate sizing. The ribbing along the neckline went away, because I thought the more rustic neck matched the yarn, and I wanted to keep that area a little less busy. But otherwise? Not much changed. The things that made me believe this design was a keeper in the first place remained the things that I love in the finished product.
I love how the sleeves are slightly pleated. I love how the ribbing runs seamlessly into the pattern. I love how the design is slightly retro and oh-so feminine. I love the figure-complimenting look.
I just kept pitching the design until someone saw it's potential. Thank-you CEY!
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