Friday, July 3, 2009

something's missing


While at my mom's I sewed, among other things I can't share right now, this simple simple dress for Thing One from a yard of AMH Good Folks fabic. I used a pattern from the 60s that was my mom's, and in the interest of time and lack of fabric I left off the puff sleeves and facings and used bias tape binding.


My first surprise was that the pattern from years ago when I imagine people were generally smaller and slimmer was actually scaled so big. It is a 6X (yes, they actually sold patterns in single sizes, so much less confusing), which seemed perfect for my slender almost 7 year old. Instead it is like the 6X That Ate A Ten Year Old. I had to take it in almost 2 inches on both sides and it is still too roomy.

The next surprise was the huge huge hem allowance. I guess I didn't look at that before I cut it out, and I was a bit frustrated by that because it might've meant I could have squeezed sleeves or pockets from my fabric remnant if I had cut back on the seam allowance. Also since it is an A-line dress the deep hem also meant I had to gather the edge so the hem would lay flat to sew.

The third surprise is now that it is finished, I really don't like the dress all that much. I don't know what it is. The shape of the dress, the fabric, the choice of yellow for the seam binding. The lack of pockets or some other embellishment. Maybe it needs an applique or contrast pockets.

21 comments:

  1. I really like it actually. Love the fabric!

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  2. I love the dress- cute fabric! You could always make a matching scarf like the ones on the pattern.

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  3. I think it's very cute as is! Seems like when a project throws curves at me, it takes me longer after it's finished to find the love for it again. Maybe you just need some space to forget all the trouble that sweet dress gave you.

    I'm curious, how much did that pattern cost back in the day?
    Ann

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  4. I love it! And I think that pattern is in the stack of patterns I swiped from my Mom's which would mean she made it for me when I was little...

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  5. I have that same pattern!!!

    It is the easiest sweetest little girl pattern and if you add rick rack or an applique..it is even cuter.

    Olive loves her little smock dresses

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  6. sewmuchfun4 (aka Ann),
    If you look in the top right of the pattern envelope you can see the price: a whopping 60 cents! Man, I miss the prices of yesteryear. However I cannot live without my DVR. So. Mustn't complain. :-)

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  7. v8grrl, maybe that is it...I need to make the accompanying smock to go over the dress. hmmmmmmmmm

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  8. I agree that it is really cute, a contrasting pocket with a flower applique on it would be awfully cute though. I think a yellow rickrack peeking out on the bottom would be a nice addition as well.

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  9. I like the yellow ric-rac idea on the hem and maybe a hoodie pocket outlined in that also?

    Leelee

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  10. I think a contrasting pleated pocket would be super cute! It is a sweet little dress :)

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  11. I think it's great, and I love the fabric! A chain fabric store had Simplicity patterns for $1.00 each (limit 10) this weekend, and of course I reached the limit. 60 cents, though, wow!

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  12. i love the dress!! a think it is perfect for a women blouse!

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  13. I think it's perfect - nice and simple, comfortable and cool. The fabric is gorgeous and the yellow binding suits it well. It's so sweet!

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  14. Oh I think that's absolutely precious. Hm ... I wonder if I could alter it for myself ... paired with some shorts? Eh?

    But I'd say definitely yes to some pockets. Pockets make everything better.

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  15. Maybe solid yellow pockets in the front? To break up the pattern of the dress fabric? I would say a wide waist ribbon but I squeeze those kids so I know there is not much room for a ribbon on the teeny bodies. :-) It is very pretty.

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  16. Love it. I say either hem it in yellow or throw a pocket on the front

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  17. I personally like it the way it is. But maybe some yellow ric rac at the bottom would make you feel better? Or a strip of fabric in a coordinating color around the bottom?

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  18. I think it's cute--perhaps you don't like it cause you made it and it was a disappointment to you.

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  19. i think pockets would be great on this :)

    It's not that people were more slender back then, it's that the clothing industry has changed what what sizes actually go with what measurements to increase sales every 5 years or so. They slowly made a size 12 into a 10, then an 8, then a 6, etc. to make you feel good about a smaller number, thus buy more clothing! I wish women's sizing was more like men's!

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