Every spring/summer I long for the perfect cotton dress and start my annual search for the perfect pattern and suitable fabric. And so far, every year, I never quite achieve it. I look at all the wonderful dresses you all make and showcase and I want to be like you.
This year has been no exception. I found this happy fabric in the local shop and images of the perfect summer dress materialised in front of my eyes. I've had the pattern for a while - I believe it it OOP now but still available from Vogue's website if you're prepared to part with $30 hard earned.
For the summer dress version - I dropped the sleeves - Yes me going sleeveless, what ever next? Shortened to just below knee and lowered the neckline into a scoop. In other words my usual mucking about with a pattern. The pattern classification is 'easy' so I reckoned a few hours at most. You start off thinking a quick and easy to make cotton summer dress - I'll be wearing this tomorrow - and what happens? Nightmare - that's what. Four days of frustration, disaster, mistakes and horror. What should have taken me a day at most has now run into its fourth and believe me, last day!
Sewing and construction went fine, straightforward and relatively simple and then I tried it on.........
|"Take off my dress!" Esmerelda snapped at Quasimodo|
Really baggy bodice, ill-fitting skirt, armholes that cut into my skin, neckline too tight. Nothing was right about this.
The bodice was attached to the skirt three times! The neckband has been sewn and removed, sewn and removed etc until I was ready to turn this into a skirt!
Front darts - I hoping the fabric is so busy that no one will notice the darts.
Arm holes - I'll wear a cardigan.
Loop & button closure - I'll make sure the cardigan covers this at the back.
Mis-aligned centre back - I sewed some grosgrain ribbon that was hanging about around the bodice seam and cleverly positioned it to hide the join. Failing that the cardigan will cover this as well.
Not one seam allowance is finished; no lining inserted; a machine sewn hem (I usually slipstitch); and one p****ed off sewer! And the reason I went to all this trouble instead of just throwing the whole thing in the box for another day is this............
Tune in soon for the BIG REVEAL.
I hope this made some of you feel a little better about your sewing skills because I seem to have lost mine! Ruth