I made this dress in November. I hadn’t blogged about it. These last few months have felt pretty rough, a death in the family, things around keep breaking, etc. I felt like this Moby video. Anyway, my sewjo is hiding. I want to sew, but I don’t want to sew.
The dress was meant to be entered into the pattern review little black dress competition. However, it didn’t seem like just a little black dress. I threw everything at it. Sheath, done. Strappy things, check. Bows, go crazy! Kick pleat? absolutely. I really want to add a bow where the straps meet at the back in the center. My sister said that would be too much. I think I’m going to add one anyway. Take that lil sis. A slightly larger bow than the two at the front.
I converted the bodice to princess seams, but only at the front. I kept the side dart. I forgot why. I made the neckline square, because, well, I wanted something different. I thought about making the straps detachable with snaps, but decided against this for this version. I ended up hand sewing them and they don’t quite look as nice. They look like an afterthought.
I remember watching Project Runway Season 9 and seeing Kimberly’s pink dress on the cutting table. On the runway, the dress made my jaw drop to the floor. I think about that dress almost on a daily basis. I wanted to recreate the dress, but I don’t think I could pull off the top part of it. I decided to go ahead and throw the skirt bow in as another feature to the dress. I converted the skirt to princess seams, but again, only at the front. I added the bow at the right side. On top of that, I wanted a bit of a vintage feel to it. Anyway, I think I should have added some length to the bow section, so the bow doesn’t act weird. I’ll fix it in my next version. I will make a next version, at some point. Looking at it, I’m not sure the proportion is right for my height. Who cares though? It’s a cute detail. However, it can be a tad scandalous depending on how I’m sitting. I would say, for me, this is a strictly standing dress.
I did make a pretty large skirt size. I just added width, so much, I think the size was literally off the chart. It is a little on the side of roomy, on purpose. My goal is to add pockets. I really do not like carrying a purse or clutch.
Since I was in a bit of a rush, and my sewjo was already dwindling, I skipped some finishes. I didn’t fully line the skirt. I massively regret this. The skirt sits all funky because of it. I did wear it for Christmas. It’s not really a Christmas dress, but, whatever. Thankfully no one pointed out any of the flaws. I think they were all distracted by the straps going everywhere, and the bows. Ok, distracted by the overwhelming abundance of design details that were thrown together on the dress. Again, whatever, I like it. Plus, I’m a little proud of trying to do all that in a short amount of time, even though it’s not perfect. When I wore it out, no one pointed out the mistakes. They are usually pretty quick to do that.
I finished before the patternreview deadline, but I had to rejoin patternreview under my blog name, too late to enter the competition. I had joined many years ago with a very old name and am quite embarrassed by it. Plus, my dress didn’t seem like a simple black dress with all those design elements.
The wrinkles are stubborn and do not come out easily. I was afraid to burn the dress like I did the last one, so, some wrinkles remain. It also, unfortunately, wrinkles very easily.
Who knows when I’ll sew again. Even after drafting this post a few days ago, I still don’t feel too motivated. Although, we are hoping to go to a wedding in August, so, I might start sewing for that trip soon.