Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Cover Designs! #29: The Other Side of Midnight


Cover Designs is a feature in which I try to match up the outfit on a book cover with a dress pattern and sometimes even potential fabric matches as well. Today's pick is a suitable spooky read for the fall season -- and one by a favourite author of mine -- The Other Side of Midnight, by Simone St. James.

Summary from the publisher: 

London, 1925. Glamorous medium Gloria Sutter made her fortune helping the bereaved contact loved ones killed during the Great War. Now she's been murdered at one of her own séances, after leaving a message requesting the help of her former friend and sole rival, Ellie Winter.
Ellie doesn't contact the dead—at least, not anymore. She specializes in miraculously finding lost items. Still, she can't refuse the final request of the only other true psychic she has known. Now Ellie must delve into Gloria's secrets and plunge back into the world of hucksters, lowlifes, and fakes. Worse, she cannot shake the attentions of handsome James Hawley, a damaged war veteran who has dedicated himself to debunking psychics.
As Ellie and James uncover the sinister mysteries of Gloria's life and death, Ellie is tormented by nightmarish visions that herald the grisly murders of those in Gloria's circle. And as Ellie’s uneasy partnership with James turns dangerously intimate, an insidious evil force begins to undermine their quest for clues, a force determined to bury the truth, and whoever seeks to expose it...

This outfit can be replicated, and modernized, by using some quick and easy patterns! First off, to get that skirt, the Everyday Skirt by Liesl & Co would be a quick copy. Just add a bit of length so that it's below the knee, and this simple skirt with elastic back waistband and pockets is a match.

Liesl & Co Everyday Skirt

Then add a top to copy the lines of the cover image -- the Drop Sleeve Top by the Avid Seamstress is a great match, and it's free! Just sign up to her newsletter and you can download this quick woven top to make this outfit a close copy of the cover.

Avid Seamstress Drop Sleeve Top

And of course, to top off the look you'll need a lovely 20s style hat -- you can find a few at Elsewhen Millinery on Etsy, or try this multiple view pattern by VintagePatternGirl to give yourself some choices. 

VintagePatternGirl's 1920's Cloche with Ribbon Trim

You can enjoy a spooky seasonal read and dress like the woman on the cover while you do it! 


  1. This is such a fun feature - I'm delighted to have found you!

    1. I have a lot of fun putting these together -- so glad you discovered and enjoyed it!


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