Tuesday, 30 April 2013

A dilemma

If you're taking part in Me Made May then you've probably been getting ready for the month ahead. I've busy making sure all my items are freshly washed and ready to wear. I have managed to avoid temptation and kept to my 20:20 plan instead of panic sewing. This hasn't been easy as I know that I have holes in my wardrobe and have spotted some already but that is one of the reasons I signed up - to spot the actual gaps not just perceived ones. 

Anyway, while checking my hand made items I came across the dress I made on a course. It is McCall's 2401, made from quilting fabric (the only fabric I could get my hands on as I got a place at short notice), is nicely finished and the fit is still pretty good (I have lost a little weight since completing it). I have worn it just once since finishing and I didn't like it. It seems a shame for it to languish on the hanger so I thought I would give it another go and wore it yesterday to see if it could feature in the month somehow. 

McCall's 2401 (2)

And the problem remains. I am just not feeling it. It makes me feel slightly frumpy, older than I am and I am much more conscious of myself in it. Not a good feeling! And it is how you feel that counts right? I can't work out if it just the length and I should take it up a few inches. Or if I find the print too much for a dress. Or what it is.

McCall's 2401

So, please help me. Should I take it up? Make a separate from it? I could see a top or a skirt, although I don't think I have enough fabric for both unless I add a waistband. Or do something else? Here is a close up of the fabric, see why I think it could be the print?

McCall's 2401 fabric

All ideas welcome. Leaving it as it is isn't really an option as I can't see me wearing it again. If I don't do anything I can see it landing in the bag destined for the charity shop. 


14 comments:

  1. I know how you feel = it's so annoying when you just don't like something! I could see your dress as a skirt with a plain black or dark pink top to bring out the colours in the print.

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    1. I can see that too. I'm going to need some more tops!

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  2. I agree with Dottiedoodle, I think it would make a really pretty skirt. There's nothing more annoying than not "feeling it" for something you've made, is there? Particularly when you're not quite sure why!

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    1. Indeed, normally I can fix it if I'm not happy but this one was beyond me!

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  3. It's a gorgeous dress, don't give up on it! I personally find that little ditsy prints just don't work on me, they make me look bigger, so I stick with big bold prints or block colour. You're right, there is something a bit frumpy and unflattering about it but it's not beyond saving....I think you need to shorten the sleeves a little to make them more capped-looking and take the hem up a teeny bit so it sits just above your knee. Add a pretty leather belt or a thick black belt and you're good to go.

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    1. I never thought about a belt - what a great idea! The print is a little different for me, generally I don't go for small, ditsy prints but when I have it has ben with mixed success!

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    2. Fab! A belt will really help break up the print a bit, and give a little more definition to your silhouette. Hope it works, it would be such a shame to give it away after all the work you put into it.

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  4. When in doubt I always take it up and wear it with opaque stockings, but I do like the other ideas of adding a belt ??

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  5. I agree with the ladies above. Belts always do the trick for me! they nip you in at the waist and break up the pattern. Try that first before you chop it up, save on all the added hard work after all :D

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    1. I'll definitely try the belt and pin the hem a little higher before picking up my scissors!

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  6. Maybe shorten it and pair it with a really cute wide belt..or it would look cute as a skirt as well.

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  7. I agree with the others. Either shorten it and wear with accessories (try a nice chunky necklace too!), or try a skirt. As Laura says above, altering the sleeves might be another option. Hope you make it work for you!

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  8. I was thinking shorten it slightly, make the sleeves a little shorter and add a cute belt...then I saw all your other comments and obviously I am not alone! Hehe!
    I know and hate that exact same feeling! Good luck, I hope you manage to convert it into something you are happy with!
    Xxx

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  9. I think what it's missing is contrast - the basic shape is ok (though I agree, it could also work a little shorter) but either trying it with a nice big belt, or if that still doesn't quite work, skirt/top and then wear it with a solid colour...

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