April 18, 2010

Perfect Spring Dress



This dress has morphed into a Frankenstein all its own. Started out with this inspiration, found this pattern, found these two fabrics - of which the winning version I ruined and the second version, well as you can see, does not look like quite like the inspiration though, for me it's just the right fit. So, how did we get here? Let me preface all this by saying that I should have gone to the Anthropologie store and tried this dress on. That would have solved the issue of me sewing something that didn't suit my silhouette. That being said, let's start at the beginning.



The pattern didn't fit the way I wanted it to. Not to mention, I was only pilfering the bodice and not the whole dress. After mocking up a muslin for the bodice, I noticed that the princess seams were all wrong for what I was going for. Moved the darts for that and then did my second muslin. Much better.



Cut it out of the winning sheet fabric. Ruined that by not making the skirt full enough. This looked seriously terrible. However, I will say that the bodice is completely salvedgable and I will probably be looking for a project to incorporate this into, very soon.



Then cut it out of the losing fabric, bleached it (more on this to come), sewed it, and was just about to hem it when after trying it on I found that I really didn't like it. That full skirt looked so....princess-y. Even Mr. S commented that, "It's just not the right look for you, is it?" I don't know that I could tell you what I expected it to look like with that full skirt. I really don't. But for my silhouette and mood, it was too silly for words. That's when I knew I wouldn't wear it and after all this work, I can't just not wear it. Now that would be silly!

At this point I was about to shove the dumb thing into my favorite drawer of unfinished projects. And then I remembered my New Year's Resolution. Had to finish it. It's the principle of the thing. Had to. There you have it.



So here it is. And I sware, if you say one mean thing about it, I'll burst into tears. Be a little tender as my poor fingers have been through the ringer with this one. For me, its a little anticlimatic. Hopefully not for you. Like it? (There is no other option for you but to say yes, so you'd better) I will say that I do like it. I love the tie. That's the best part for me. I tried this dress with a number of different belts and nothing quite worked and then it dawned on me that I really needed that poppy color somewhere. I think that brings the whole dress together. What say you? Also, the bottom part might look a little familiar to those of you who have bought Simplicity 2724. Yeah, its the full skirt option. Did I mention that I love that pattern?

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30 comments

  1. I can't believe you hate it! maybe you need to step away from it for a while?
    I LOVE it! so there

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  2. You poor dear! Well, I DO like it, and I think you look adorable in it, especially with that red bow. Even if it's not your favorite dress, it will be so nice to throw on in the summer. Now tell us more about this bleaching . . .
    I'm in the middle of a similar tortured process, so I completely understand. This too shall pass, right?

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  3. I think it's a winner! I love the fabric.

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  4. Wow, that's a disaster? I hope I have lots and lots of disasters, just like yours. It's lovely and the red ribbon belt is inspired.

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  5. I'm confused, did you change the skirt or is this what you are calling a too-full skirt? I can definitely see the inspiration dress as having a full skirt but this doesn't look like a "Princess-y" full skirt to me. (Ask any 6-yr old girl) I think it looks great on you and is a great dress overall. Also when you said you ruined the other dress I thought you had really ruined it like burned it while ironing or cut into a seam or something. If that skirt wasn't full enough perhaps it still can be saved. Maybe you just need to get used to a different shape on you because I swear this one looks great on you!

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  6. I hate it when this happens. You work so hard and then it is just eh. That happened to me last year. It still looks great on the hanger but on me, oh brother! But you finished it! YAY!!! I think it looks very springy on you and I do love the ribbon sash, they are among my favorites! I agree with Yahaira, maybe step back for a bit, then wear it out and see how many compliments you get on it.
    And please tell us about the bleaching process.

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  7. This looks GREAT on you!! Seriously! And the red tie really is perfect. I know what you mean about not liking something though, especially after all its incarnations. After it hangs around for awhile (and you read all these nice comments), maybe you'll come around, too.

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  8. I actually adore it. You're right, the tie does tie it all together (hehe) and keeps it from looking washed out. I think it would be so much fun to wear in the summer with a nice pair of sandals. Also: your photos are great - did you take them or was it the Mister?
    -Chedva

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  9. Oh, I hate when a project has so much baggage that I can't look at it objectively anymore, which sounds like what you're going through with this one. But truly, this dress is soooo lovely and as always your photos are gorgeous. I agree that the red tie at the waist really makes it look like more of an outfit than just a dress. Love it!
    P.S. I'm just a recent new reader and commenter, but I gave your blog a shout-out on my blog the other day: http://stacyverb.typepad.com/stacyverb/2010/04/weekend-countdown-sewing-blogs-1.html

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  10. Jayne:
    I had such a great time. When can we do it again?
    Although you have reservations about the look, you still have the eye and personality to 'make' the dress. You wear the dress just as much as the dress wears you. The Sash does save the light hues of the print.
    Kul

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  11. Oh, it's so pretty! If I didn't know there was a sad story behind the dress, I couldn't see anything wrong with it!
    LOVE the red ribbon, it keeps it from being too sweet and simple, and highlights your tiny waist. It really looks stunning on you and your photographs are gorgeous. Just give it a bit of space, and I'm sure you'll love it all over again!

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  12. The dress is perfect! I love the bleach effect and that tie makes it the perfect spring dress! Oh by the way, I did receive the Spring Egg kit. It's adorable! I haven't had a chance to make it, but hopefully soon. Thanks so much for sending it!!

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  13. I think its really beautiful, I enjoy the scoop neckline very much!

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  14. I am not just saying this! I love it! It turned out fabulous and just right for you!

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  15. I don't know why you hate it so much. It looks great on you! Maybe its cause you spent so much time on it and it was annoying you. Leave it for a few days then go back and wear it and I am sure you will love it!

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  16. Yes, I agree! It will pass! I think I'm due for some easy stitching.

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  17. Oh thank you! I think the process was more of a disaster than the dress actually turned out. I'm a little sick of thinking about it. Time to move on. Hip hip hooray for a new project.

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  18. Originally I had a gathered skirt on the bottom. Very big looking and perhaps it was just the gathers hitting right at the waist that made it look wrong. The last version has the full pleated skirt option from Simplicity 2724. It's much slimmer at the waist with the fullness coming out toward the leg. A little more flattering for me. Thank you!

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  19. Oh thank you! I think the dress is growing on me. I don't really hate it. It's just that I've been working on it for so long that its been a little anticlimactic.
    The bleaching process will be my next post. It's kind of cool I think.

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  20. Yes Mr. S was the infamous photographer this time and since it was warm and so nice we went outside. Thank you.

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  21. I think you are right. In a few days everything will look so much better. Thank you!

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  22. Well, I think that's certainly NOT a disaster! I swear I'm not saying this to please you... Perhaps when you look at your dress you can just see all the laborious process for now... but just wait a few days and you'll see that it's really pretty and really spring-like :)

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  23. This dress is really adorable. Sorry, for you that it was such a hard progress on getting there. But it was worth it, it looks absolutely gorgeous!

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  24. Sunni, I think you look stunning. The fit is perfect, the print and colours suit your colouring, and the red belt is pure perfection.
    The pictures are amazing too. I think you have made a complete winner, and if you don't think you'll wear it, I vote that you put it up for sale so one of your dear readers can buy it from you!! xx

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  25. Well I think it looks fab! Lovely and fresh and summery, I hope its warmer where you live than where I am!!

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  26. I love that the back is pretty too. Awesome. I love those full skirts but I have hips and they don't alway work on me...
    Beautiful job, great fabric.

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  27. Are you a crazy lady?! It's so beautiful! I cannot believe you don't think you'll get heaps of wear from it! It's the perfect dress for so many occassions, and you could have so much fun trying different colour cardigans or shawls with it for chillier evenings. Awesome work

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  28. Hello, I have wondered how much fabric (in yards of meters) have you used for this dress?
    P.S. I love your blog.

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