Posted by Ethne~
I’ve had some fun with my dress re-styles, and have had lots of ideas thanks to one of my fave blogs – New Dress A Day. But I’m no regular clothing seamstress, so there’s no guarantee of perfection – or even a wearable item. I told myself from the beginning, though, that if I make a mistake, I'm only out $1.00, not a whole paycheck.
This is a woeful tale of failure – inasmuch as anything that’s fun could possibly be a failure. More like a misfire. Flop. Accident. Mistake. Miscalculation. Botch. [I'm an English major – we love descriptors.]
The dress at issue had some potential (Shaun disagrees). It is something of a red and ivory houndstooth pattern, and looks like it was handsewn (I feel guilt for botching it). I had visions of shortening this a little: professional, shorter, fitted, and pairing it with an ivory cardigan sweater, ivory tights, and cute shoes for work. But it wasn’t to be.
First, I measured the length to shorten, and miscalculated COMPLETELY. It’s way too short. What the heck? A perfect lesson of measure twice, cut once my friends….
Second, I tried to fit it a little closer to my figure and my size – flop. It makes my pear shape (I’m not complaining that I have curves, but I do wear clothes that flatter my figure) look Fruit of the Loom-ish. Terrible.
Now I have kept the fabric that I cut off, and I can rip out the take-ins that I performed so they could be re-done. It’s potentially salvageable, but now I’m gun-shy (pardon the term) and my zeal for this re-style is lost.
That’s where you come in, Friends! Collect your genius on my behalf and post suggestions for fixing the dress. I still would love to wear it with cute tights and sweater to work. Plus, you could ease my guilt for hacking the work of some unknown fine seamstress.
If you comment, I will fix. (And as an aside, if I ever have amnesia, I command you to show me Field of Dreams again for the first time. LOVE. IT.)
Personally, I find the fact that I ruined this dress as entertaining as something I get right. I hope you do too. J Plus this could be our first sequel!