This dress. Really? This is how this turned out? Bleh. I really really really wanted this one to work out. To look nice. To actually wear. *sigh* unfortunately, things didn’t work out very well. And I’d basically have to take apart the entire dress to fix the mistakes.
Lets begin with what I like about the dress….
- Fabric: What a pain in the ass to work with, but boy is it lovely and luxurious! This bamboo/lycra blend wrinkles easy and is somewhat heavy, but wow is it nice and cool.
- Cap sleeves: Not only easy (no work!), but cute!
- Skirt pleats.
- Contrasting band at the neck and front.
- Length: I ended up cutting off about 2 1/2″ off the bottom. It is probably where its designed to fall, but since I’m short I needed to take the hem up.
And what doesn’t work about this dress:
- Waist: My big mistake is seen at the front waist seam. When I did my full bust adjustment (FBA), I lengthened the torso to accommodate the additional fabric. I neglected to add that same amount to the front facing and front band. And I did not even realize it until after I put it all together. I mean, I noticed that the front band was shorter than the torso, but I thought it was because I cut the pieces wrong or didn’t line them up properly. ARGH. The front band and facing are kind of fiddly to put in, with a lot of hand sewing. To re-do this piece will be a nightmare.
- Bodice length: I really needed to lengthen the bodice by an inch or more. I don’t really know if I’m long-waisted or not, but I do know that I have never really liked anything (pants/shorts/skirts) around my natural waist. I remember pulling my soccer shorts down to my hips when I was younger I hated the high-waist look so much. Anyway, I didn’t like where the waist fell in the finished garment. Even if I hadn’t made the mistake listed earlier.
- Back gathers: I really don’t like this part of the design. I’d rather have no gathers in the back. My sister likes them though, so it must be just me.
All is not lost, thought. I think I can camouflage the mistakes at the waist with the sash/belt thing, so right now I’m not wanting to rip apart this entire dress and start over.
Oh so many lessons learned.
*Sewing with slinky knit!
*Facings and how to put them in