okay, before we start: the other day i got literally hundreds of hits on an old post from 2009 the other day. hundreds! i average about 150 hits a day…not 800! so this was quite unusual. i went back & looked at the post to see if there was anything especially incendiary or relevant in it, but it was just a boring “here’s what i did today” post. i couldn’t find anything in my (admittedly very low-tech) stats analysis software indicating where all these visitors were coming from or why. i can only assume the post was linked somewhere, but where, & more importantly, why? if anyone reading this can clue me in, i’d love to know.
moving on! here’s a dress i made in august & have literally never worn.
pattern: mccall’s 6754. fabric: some random striped ponte on sale for like $2 a yard at hancock fabrics.
sorry these photos are kind of blurry, but honestly, the most beautiful photos in vhe world wouldn’t really help this dress. i made this pattern before, with short sleeves, from a blue floral jersey. (see here.) i didn’t love how that one came out either, for pretty much the same reasons: the neckline is way too big, & it came out kind of baggy under the bust. i wondered if it was just a question of the jersey being really stretchy & difficult to work with. like maybe i over-worked it & stretched it out too much. so i decided to try again with this fabric, which is a much heavier, more stable knit.
& i honestly think this one came out even worse! i’m starting to wonder if i just made the wrong size altogether. it just seems too big. i hate the excess fabric in the upper arm & the giant neckline. i think the princess seams fall too far to the sides. i did make alterations (lengthening the front, shortening the back), but i suspect i added too much length to the front & took away too little in the back. here’s the rear view:
oof. yes, i am standing up straight in this photo. my right hip is considerably higher than my left hip due to a weird misshapen vertebrae issue i was born with. you can really see it in this photo. i still don’t really know what alterations to make to try to correct for this. surprise: the sewing blogger community isn’t overrun with tutorials on how to do a “i’m so misshapen that maybe i should just give up & live in a french cathedral” adjustment. if you need an FBA though, they have got you covered.
& to top it all off, the fabric i used is just subtly itchy. it seems okay when you first put it on, but then it slowly becomes more & more aggravating until you just want to tear all your skin off.
oh, &, i pretty much never wear red. i don’t think it suits my coloring. so i really don’t even know why i bought this stuff. i must have just been hypnotized by the sale price. but guess what? even cheap fabric isn’t a bargain if you’re never gonna wear/use it!
so you see why this languished in my closet for six months before i finally got around to writing up this post. it’s possible that the “too big” factor could just be a matter of built-in ease. but the dress i created doesn’t bear much similarity to the dresses on the models on the pattern envelope. maybe i made too big a size, maybe my alterations wrecked the design lines. who knows? at the end of the day, i doubt i will try this pattern again. i like a nice knit dress–especially in the summer (& note: the heavy knit & long sleeves makes this definitely NOT a summer dress, & makes the giant neckline even more impractical because how the hell am i supposed to layer under that cut?). but i’m not loving knit princess seams. i’ve really liked the way princess seams look on me in woven fabrics. but i don’t think this is working.
so, all around, i’d call this one a fail. at least my hair looks nice in these photos.