I've been debating whether to share this finished dress or not, because I have a love-hate relationship with sewing fail posts.
On the one hand, I love to see that everyone -- even the sewists I respect most -- have sewing fails, too.
On the other hand, I mainly look to sewing blogs for inspiration and encouragement. They're a slice of happy in my day.
I don't think I'll be doing fail posts often, but I do think I learned some good lessons with this dress.
First off, I am the first to admit that I'm a bit of a Sewaholic patterns fangirl. Their patterns usually fit me nicely and flatter my shape. So perhaps I was not super judicious in choosing this pattern. I figured if Tasia said it would be a good look for the Sewaholic girl, then it would look good on me.
That was my first mistake.
The top is super blousey and the v-neck is very wide. In addition to this, as you can see in some of these pictures, there is a big lump on the side where the top layer of the faux wrap is gapping really badly. No idea why this is!
The one thing I like about this pattern is the hidden button at the bottom of the v-neck, where the layers cross.
But my normal go-to look is fitted top, full bottom -- and there's a good reason for that. It looks good on me and it's true to my personal style.
I mean, let's be real here. Look at that first picture. I look like a lineman.
My second mistake was this fabric. It's a polyester from Blackbird Fabrics. And there's nothing wrong with it per se. I don't hate polyester as a rule or anything like that. Polyester definitely has its place. But this was not my favorite fabric to work with and the skirt has some major static cling. Which is sad, because Blackbird's stuff is not cheap. I've bought some awesome shirtings from Blackbird, but both of the poly prints I bought just did not turn out. (I bought some of the flamingo print and it got sucked into my serger. It wasn't pretty.)
Overall, I don't think I'll be saving this dress. The look, to my eyes, is very '80s, which is one fashion era that does not suit me.
And I don't think I'll be using this pattern again either.
My plan at the moment is to hack the skirt off, make a waistband and get a little wear out of it that way -- but we'll see when I get to that.
How do you feel about sewing fail posts? Have you made anything recently that just wasn't wearable for you?