Sewing challenges are so much fun. They unite the wide community to make something, share and I feel that much is gained when one take part. I have joined Julia’s mad men challenge from the start (v1. v2) and this is my third year entry.
Let’s start addressing the elephant in the room: I’m not keen on this make. This dress is so blergh!
I like all the singular elements alone but not combined. Like when you put many of your favourite foods together and the final recipe turned out wrong.
The fabric colours are my favourites (navy and forest green). The knit fabric is soft to wear but the outside texture looks like old furnishing. One of the reasons that would give my outfit an authentic vintage feel. The fabric travels well. More than 3 hours on a car and all day wearing before pictures. I even dropped diet coke on it in transit. Opps.
The pattern: Simplicity 2145. I love the blue version of the envelope cover. Wrap and fake wrap clothes are up high on my list of favourite styles. Just check a few: Ultimate wrap, Coppelia, Reese Skirt, DVF, Summer wrap dress…
Cut size 10, lengthen 3 inches on the bodice. The back was still too big so I took 1 inch from CB. The fit was still loose so I added 2 extra pleats on the front and back skirt.
The skirt part of the dress is not what bothers me the most, altho I feel the back pleats don’t look particular flattering. I lack a bit of booty which in theory a bit volume would help.
What bothers me is the bodice front. No, I’m not wearing any extra padded bra either my boobs grown massively from last make.
The excess of fabric, print combination and ‘decotage’ hight give me a heavy top illusion.
Not as bad on the side where I’m back to my proportions.
The pattern wrap goes under the pleat and was gaping so badly. I had to raise the neckline, sewing both of the sides after I finished. Suits the vintage look of the challenge but makes me feel so old.
Leaving it open was an option but I would need to wear a slip underneath and the excess fabric was just wrong.
I have stabilised the neckline with normal bias and worked quite well. I will be doing that again.
The fake wrap was made but removed because was adding even more attention to the front bodice area.
My inspiration for the challenge was the early 70’s so I’m giving you an “old feel”picture.
When I think about my sewing failures they gone though a clear evolution. Before it was mainly “bad sewing”. As my sewing got better with time the failures are turning to be based on my aesthetics taste. I do mess up badly sometimes when trying something new but mostly can be saved by unpicking and redoing.
I’m a lot more critical to what I choose to wear in terms of handmade. Before I was just proud to make something and who cares if it’s all wonky. Now I feel there is a certain expectation from myself and others in the quality of what I make and wear. Well, I’m digressing again. Would I make this pattern again? No. There are too many changes and other patterns I like more. I’m not wearing this fabric again either. Let’s be honest here, you won’t see me wearing this dress again.