I guess the title kinda gives away the punchline, no? I do adore the dress in the photo above. But before I zoom in on its faults, let me step back a bit and tell you why I sewed this dress. Everyone has their least favorite tasks when sewing. Many people complain about cutting fabric, which I actually happen to love. My least favorite part of sewing is fitting. I do not have a straight-from-the-envelope body which is one of the major reasons I started sewing, so I spend a fair bit of time fitting every new pattern that I sew. I also tend to sew a pattern once and, even if I love it, never get around to a next time. Well, recently I had this revelation that if I sewed a pattern more than once, I wouldn’t have to spend time fitting it on any future versions. Duh! So right after I sewed vintage Simplicity 6934 out of purple wool jersey I cut it out in lightweight cotton jersey so that I could have a summer version of the same dress.
So, what’s wrong? First – I decided to use some remnants from my stash for this dress (the rest of this jersey went to samples of my Sew It All TV blouse). I love the pink anchor print and though it’s not the greatest color on me (since it essentially matches my skin) I think it works fine with the white up against my face. The problem is the sheerness of both fabrics. I have to wear a slip under this dress for it not to be indecent and that’s just not something I’m going to do with a summer jersey dress. Second – I put a block of the white at the bottom front of the dress because I didn’t have enough of the pink to make it long enough but I didn’t have enough of the white to make the block go all the way around. And I like the way it looks straight on from the front or the back but the side view drives me nuts.
Fortunately, while taking these photos I had a revelation that I could cut the dress into a shirt and still get wear out of it. I think the fit is great and I love the fabrics and somehow I don’t mind a slightly-too-sheer shirt in the summer. So, it’s going into the mending pile and I’ll turn it into a shirt soon!