Monday, November 29, 2010
Siggghhhhhh. You know that easy dress I was going to make to wear over Thanksgiving weekend? The super simple one made from an existing T-shirt, wide elastic, and a straightforward gathered skirt that seemingly couldn't go wrong?
Oh well. I did get it mostly sewn together with the helpful assistance of my mom, but it just didn't look great on me so I gave it up as a bad job and watched a movie instead.
Here's what I learned: Adding an elastic waist skirt that is a gathered rectangle may not be the way to go with my physique. It looks really poofy at the top, like I'm wearing an upside down brandy snifter. I refuse to wear a super short length skirt, so this may contribute to the weird lines because my skirt reaches to the top of my knees. As I searched for solutions online, I saw Ruffles and Roses made hers an A-line shape instead to counteract that whole thing, so that might be the way to go on Attempt No. 2., however my fabric has a horizontal stripe so I may have to go with another fabric. Also, I could try having less fabric to gather to reduce the poofiness.
Also, the really wide 3 inch elastic that I love is also a problem because I'm a bit short waisted. If I sew it straight together, it fits great on the hip edge but too loose on the rib edge. If I angle it as I sew it together, it fits much better, but it makes the back of the waistband look a bit odd, like a downward pointing arrow. I can solve that one by using thinner elastic and sewing it straight across, I think, but it will look less fabulous.
Why can't these things turn out exactly like my shining visions? So on Thanksgiving morning I had a clothes crisis in the absence of my intended dress and ended up wearing an unfortunate outfit that made me look like a bloated manatee in annual family photos. Stay tuned for Attempt No. 2. This is not going to beat me.