It should have been so easy! It was a pattern that came free with a sewing magazine that I picked up a while back on a trip to the U.K. I like the shape with the darts back and front and, who knows, I might even get around to making the jacket one day. The fabric was bought locally in France – a rare event – and was reasonably priced but a good quality cotton.
What could go wrong?
Well, almost everything as it happened.
It started off well with lovely neat french seams and I even managed a perfectly acceptable invisible zip insertion but then I decided I didn’t like the facing around the neck. It made the neckline seem stiff and seemed to be pulling the top of the dress out of shape. That’s when it all started to go horribly wrong. Pear shaped, in fact.
I took off the facing and replaced it with bias binding. Then I didn’t like the way the binding had gone on and, anyway, it turned out that it wasn’t just the facing pulling it out of shape there were other issues too.
The darts were pulling on both back and front. Crosswise and downwards. The back was pulling tight either side of the zip.
In some places, it was too big – around the neck for instance and in others, it was too small but only on one side.
Basically, it didn’t fit me.
This trauma was a while ago now – I’ve only just been able to bring myself to blog about it – so I can’t even remember the amount of different fitting issues there were with this dress and the more I messed around with it, the worse it got and the more I hated it.
So I decided, on this occasion, to admit defeat and might give it another go in the Spring (‘perhaps the silly cat will make a muslin next time’ I hear you say!!) but, in the meantime, the fabric has already come in useful here and there and will continue to do so as it’s that sort of fabric – a good blender.
To get back on that
horse sewing machine before I got too depressed I decided to make an old favourite – Kitschy Coo’s Lady Skater dress – which (almost) never fails me and found this knit fabric that I bought in Toulouse before my fabric fast began. It sort of reminds me of a splodgy impressionist painting.
This time I remembered the clear elastic at the waist – my favourite Lady Skater dress (below) has to be pulled down over my body like putting sausagemeat in a skin because I forgot the elastic last time and just used twill tape to stabilize. Never again. But it is my favourite so I persevere and hope I never have an accident and have to be taken to hospital wearing this dress because they will have to cut me out of it.
Clear elastic – a complete pain to attach but worth it – trust me!
The Lady Skater shows you a nice easy way to attach the neckband to the dress – only one shoulder is sewn up – and although you need lots of pins and risk your overlocker’s blade every inch or so (or is that just me?) the results are nice and neat and you feel a little glow of pride (probably also just me.)
So now I’m back on the sewing horse again but I’m in knitting mode at the moment – with a bit of patchwork thrown in – so, although I’m going to make one of these in plain purple for Mlle. T. the Younger, after that I might not be sewing any more clothes until next year. Although I never say never. Unless it’s something like ‘I’m never (knowingly) going to eat an anchovy again’ or ‘I’m never going on a sea cruise because I know I’ll get hideously sea sick and I don’t think I’d like the onboard entertainment’.
Do you persevere with projects that go horribly wrong or do you always try to put it right?