Friday, August 23, 2013

Dress not working for me

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I made a second muslin and solved a few fitting issues, but it's not there yet and I'm giving up on this dress. Sorry to disappoint those of you who hoped to see my version first before making it yourself. I'm looking forward to versions of those of you who can tackle this pattern.

I have spent quite a few hours on it till now and not convinced it will ever suit me well. This pattern is difficult to adjust for curvier figures. I thought I could deal with the pattern alterations but it's too difficult for me. Ann worked on this dress too and gave a comment on my previous post that she thought there were issues with the instructions. I'm not going to go through all the instructions in detail now. If you're going to attempt this pattern it might be good to know this too.

Hope your sewing has better results ;)

24 comments:

Vicki said...

Oh well, many more patterns to try. Could make a cute top with a simple pencil skirt?

Joza Jagodic said...

Tja soms dan wil het niet.... en als er dan ook nog fouten in het patroon staan....
Succes met je volgende project..

Bunny said...

Sometimes you have to know when to "fold them" as we say here. It is a wise woman who knows when to move on. I went through the same with a couple of Marcy Tilton designs. They just didn't work for me so I totally understand.

hilde said...

Wat jammer dat het niets wordt, maar het klinkt inderdaad als een wijs besluit. Genoeg andere projecten, zeker gezien de buit van vorige week :-).

L said...

Like Bunny said, sometimes you have to know when to let it go. There are so many more patterns that will complement and flatter your curves. Thanks for sharing.

Norma said...

There are always more great garments to sew up! This is such a great example of how useful a muslin can be. It allowed you to try on the garment and assess the style on your figure before you spent lots of time and beautiful fabric making something you are not happy with.

Angela said...

This is informative because on Vogue's site, the figure flattery chart says this dress is good for everyone but the non-curvy rectangles or apples. This makes me wonder how accurate that chart really is.

clothingengineer said...

Sometimes projects just don't work out, no matter how much we want them to. Thank you for posting this.

shams said...

I'm glad you didn't have to suffer the pain of ruining a beloved fabric! I appreciate the effort and that you discussed your process. Thanks!

Alex Carr said...

My moto is never give up; never surrender. Having said that, you did everything you could to try to make the design work. It would have been a completed project and an unwearable dress. Raising the white flag was the right thing to do. I look forward to your next project.

Aline said...

Ah, that's a shame. The other version looked rather promising, like it might work, but I agree with you that this one isn't very flattering, and it would be better to spend time on something that's worth the effort. Thanks for showing and sharing your experience with the pattern!

vivienz said...

All that draping and pleating heading out for the hips really doesn't work for we pear shaped ladies - such a disappointment, but better to reach this conclusion at the toile stage; I , too, wonder about the figure flatter charts when I see something like this. Onwards and upwards from here.

Jane M said...

Sewing time is precious so bravo to you for cutting your losses now. I've never regretted quitting on a pattern....and I have regretted using up fabric and time on something that my gut told me earlier wasn't flattering. So many other wonderful patterns are waiting for your creativity.

Gorgeous Things said...

Oh that's too bad! I finished mine and just reviewed it. It was a lot of work, but I was able to do it and I'm happy with the results. It is a very particular dress pattern though, and I can understand getting frustrated with it. I'm rather surprised that I had the patience to work through it!

becki-c said...

I applaud your stamina and talent.
Time for whats next.

Ambitious Sewer said...

Sorry to know that the dress didn't work out. Hopefully the next project will be allot more rewarding.

SewingZoe said...

I'm curious: what did you use to make the muslin. The pattern is designed only for TWO WAYS STRETCH. Very stretchy. Your muslin does not look very stretchy to me. That's why I am asking this question.

M-C said...

So sorry! You're right, this dress makes you look very bottom-heavy, and that's just not accurate. Sheesh :-(..

Ruth said...

Put it all down to a learning process - thanks for trying and I'll be careful of the pitfalls, if I ever get round to making this.

Jean said...

I'm so sorry this pattern didn't work out -- you certainly put a lot of effort into it, but at least it was just muslin and not a beautiful piece of fabric. On to the next project!

Gail said...

Its a shame. I love the design, but sometimes the instructions/design flaws just let you down.

Sewing Princess said...

Having seen the complex construction it's no surprise it won't work if you need to alter it. The annoying part is that you spent time on it... Though I am sure your construction skills improved even further thanks to that.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Seriously, I need your wisdom of letting go of a pattern sometimes! On to the next wonderful project.

Vernelle Nelson said...

You're almost there... too close to give up now. Keep trying. You'll get it just the way you want it in no time at all.