April 10, 2011
Thanks Go To Carolyn
This dress kicked my arse. I'm embarassed to say that I might have thrown a temper tantrum when I had the muslin pin fit and I wasn't sure how to transfter it to my paper pattern. I was so frustrated (and over tired) that I might have teared up. But I won!
As I said - this is more fitted than anything I generally wear. Actually - that's not totally true. I do wear skirts and fitted tops, but for a dress - this seemed really fitted and I felt like I couldn't breath.
Friday I threw it in the washer and dryer and realized the fabric had never been prewashed before. Honestly - I wasn't positive it was going to still fit after washing and drying. I did wear the dress all day. with the cardigan and the really high brown wedge sandals.
Wow! Do I have some ugly boy legs going on - full of scratches, scrapes and scars. Self-tanner here I come!
Last week when I showed you the almost finished dress on Lu, Carolyn emailed me and suggested I add some fold-over braid around the collar to just make it pop. Well - we have JoAnn's, Hancocks, and Pacific Fabrics in my neck of the woods. I stopped at Pacific Fabrics on my way home Thursday thinking it would be my best bet. I could not find any fold-over braid, so I bought this tiny blue ribbon that is almost an exact match to my buttons. I added to the collar and the front of the dress that folds back on itself.
The ASG gals were very complimentary of the dress - although it appears that the fabric did in fact shrink when I washed it. Luckily it appears to have only shrunk in length. The only comment I got from the ASG gals was that the bust dart was too high and that I want to make a muslin of the just the bodice before making it again.
However - I know the women who fit this pattern and there is no way they would have left a bust dart that needed adjusting. I wore the dress all day - and except for the fact that it's cotton and wrinkles like nobody's business, I wasn't nearly as uncomfortable or self-conscious as I thought I would be.
Verdict? I like it and will make it again.