Finally! It’s done! The pink dress of doom is no longer a dress of doom but now a dress of va-va-voom! Or almost, anyway…
So what if it doesn’t look much like what it was supposed to? It’s way better than what it was. Check both out here (if you dare).
After spending way too long with my seam-ripper taking it all apart, re-sewing it, taking it apart again, (rinse, lather, repeat) I finally decided on a course of action which was to take the top part of the bodice from my best-fitting dress pattern and adjust it to fit the remainder of the dress. It was such a simple solution, I’m kicking myself that I didn’t think of, and implement, it earlier. It could have saved me from my current feelings of nausea whenever I see pink.
I made a quick muslin of the bodice to ensure that it would work the way I (eventually) envisaged, and when that seemed to fit the bill, I turned the muslin into the lining.
I had to bring the side seams in rather a lot – 60s style straight shifts look awful on me! Who do they suit? – and reattach the zipper for the 40th time, but once that was done (by hand) the dress was finally complete. Hurrah! I’ll get a photo of me wearing it soon – it’s way too cold here at the moment for me to even consider getting in and out of clothing for the sake of showing off!
I’ve already made two other versions of this, however, each are slightly different from the others. With this most current version, I omitted the pleats right on the sides and it ended up having a sleeker, more sophisticated skirt shape, being more fitted around the hips, rather the usual flare.
As I’ve made this dress a couple of times already it went together like a dream, and took only a few hours (including hand sewing the hem, and hand-picking the zipper). I love those patterns that fit, and just work so easily. I need to get more of those into my repertoire. In the mean time, I’ve a couple more projects on the go, and a few more finished ones that I’m loving at the moment, but at the moment I’m so relieved that the Dress of Doom is off my sewing table, I’ll leave the updates there.