I made a dress this weekend, and it was actually wearable! In public! In fact, I wore it all day yesterday. No one asked if I made it (another success), and I kind of got compliments on it. But, before I show it to you, I thought it’d be funny to review my dress failures.
So, you understand why, when I asked what my chances of success were for my next attempt, he voted for failure. I mean, 4 1/2 out of 5 failures? I seem doomed. [Editor’s note: it seems like this curse is solely limited to dresses. I’ve made some fantastic skirts in the meantime, and some other projects that I haven’t exactly finished yet (hello, trouser pants with the weird bunching under the zipper). And my quilting projects have overwhelmingly been a success. That’s comforting, right?]
I had a feeling this might be a success, however. Let’s break it down so you can see why.
I absolutely love this fabric, too. It’s a “stretch luxe jersey” something from Fabric.com (that’s no longer available), and I’m glad that I have a couple of yards in cream. It has great drape, and is just a bit slinky (as in, must wear smoothing undergarments). The only problem with it is that it doesn’t breathe. At all. Never again will I wear this dress for a lunchtime walk in 85* weather. Yuck. But overall, it’s great fabric. I think I’m going to use what’s leftover to make a tank top, if I have enough.
I’m so happy it all worked out! Is the curse lifted? We’ll see. Monday night, I tried to pick out another dress to make, and could not match up any fabric with a pattern (though I have ample amounts of both). I’m still a bit gun shy, I suppose. So, I spent the evening doing a tiny bit of cleaning in my sewing room, and finishing up two projects (that olive linen dress? hemmed, and I hemmed the lining of a store-bought dress that needed a small modification to be wearable).
My next step is to pick out a dress pattern that will look good made out of cotton, because that’s the majority of my stash. If you have recommendations (knee-length, fitted at the waist please), let me know.