I once read on a blog about the monsters, i.e projects we made which turned out all wrong for various reasons, but we can’t help but love and keep on wearing in spite of their defects. This is the only monster that still survives in my wardrobe. This little summer dress that I made last year is so utterly flawed that for a long time I was pondering if I really should show it to you. But then, we learn from our mistakes as much (or maybe more) than from our successes. Besides, I wore this dress so many times last summer and this year too, there is definitely a lot of love going on here. I will probably be embarrassed by the end of it, but le blog is not just for showing off, it is also for naming and shaming. Bad Alex, no cookie!!
Anyhoo… The deets:
I got this very pretty rayon in one of my favourite budget-friendly stores in London, Don the Drapers in Shepherds Bush Market. It was some ridiculously low price per metre as it was an end of roll in the remnants basket. So I was not too sorry to hack into it for a project I hadn’t tried before. And by Golly, I did make a hash of it… This was my first stripes attempt and I really did not know what I was doing. It was a combination of a poorly traced Burda Magazine pattern and a bit off grain print, but I should have definitely been more careful with the pattern placement.
The pattern is not complicated at all: a kimono sleeve, waist seam with a drawstring and in-seam side pockets. I cut out a size 38, my usual Burda Magazine size. No particular alterations. Nothing too complicated, right? WRONG!!
Well, here’s just how bad it turned out, and no, it’s not a draping effect, that’s just how crooked the lines are… *embarrassed*
I think I got a bit too obsessed with matching the side stripes and it was all downhill from then..
It does look sort of ok when I pull the waist string, as it blouses and gives the impression that the crooked lines are a result of it.
I did learn to:
– insert a facing on a V-neckline (check out this super cool tutorial on Fashion Incubator)
– add a casing for the waist string
– insert sew-in pockets
In spite of all these issues, I LOVE THIS DRESS! It’s comfortable, light, fun, cool and easy to wear in all sorts of situations, (albeit amidst undiscerning public mostly). I wore last weekend to Sunday lunch with friends in London, enjoying the sun. I wore it last year in France on the beach in Biarritz. I wore it to work on a casual Friday. And I’d probably never wear it to a sewing meeting (though a bit late now, ha ha), but anywhere else, game on!
So, what’s the monster lurking in your closet?
Before I go, can I show you a little cutie that joined my jewellery box menagerie? Just how awesome are those earrings? They are a little repurpose, as they had started life as key rings in the V&A Museum Shop. I got two of them, plus a set of hooks and turned them into earrings.
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