You all know I LOVE the BHL girls and been their oldest tester. So one day inevitability I would be asked to test a pattern I didn’t like. well, that’s Sabrina*.
I did test it and reported the fitting issues I have encountered (now fixed). The test pattern looked horrible on me. I hated and the dress was chucked on my recycling bin. Not something that happens often but it’s more likely to happen when patterns are on their testing stage and why is so important for testers to sew it mindfully to find errors.
To make the pattern interesting to me (I honestly feel Sabrina is a bit too boring- BHL girls have so much potential), I drafted large pockets and distressed the denim* I received part of the testing process.
Distressing denim was quite fun and easy. I only needed a cutting mat, a craft knife and a rock. Quilting ruler optional. I used “pedra pone, a Brazilian native stone. Works brilliantly.
Once I knew where I wanted to distress, with my quilting ruler as guide to my craft knit, I sliced the fabric.
The distressed result will vary accordingly to how often and the strength you use the rock in a back and forward motion.
The fabric selvage was added within the pocket top and princess seams.
Looks like the distress seam is a trend flash back from the 90’s. Marques’Almeida just launched a collection for Topshop similar to the vision I had for my dress.
Giving another thought, I chopped the dress, removed the whole extra back panel (inc the zipper) and used an elastic to create a skirt.
As a skirt is wearable enough. Hopefully I can see versions that would change my mind but so far I haven’t got inspired to give Sabrina another go.
Thank you for reminding that’s sometimes that is no way around things that needed to be said. Honesty is the best policy and I appreciate that you guys agree!