The “Leave it to the Original” Dress
Fabric: Upcycled sheet, thrifted $4
Pattern: Burdastyle's Wiesn Dirndl, $4
Year: c. 2008
Notions: piping, eyelet lace, $2
Time to complete: 9 hours
First worn: August 2011
Wear again? No
Total Cost: ~$10
The thing I loved most about Adey's Blue Garden Frock was the fit. The thing I hate most about my version is the fit.
I have to admit that I was really not feeling this week's challenge. It's not that I wasn't inspired by the creations from the other Sew Weekly gals — it's just that I get really frustrated when I set up too many restrictions for my sewing. Of course, that's a lesson to be learned: make sure challenges to paint me in a corner!
The first frustrating thing about this pattern is that it took me about 3 hours to print, tape and cut it out. Setbacks:
- I ran out of printer ink
- I ran out of tape
- I was missing some pages
- There are a lot of pieces to tape together!
So that so of start really dampened my sewing enthusiasm. I hadn't started until Saturday morning and spent the entire day sewing. By the time I got to the finishing details, I said "whatever" and skipped the zipper and made it fit over my head.
Hence, the poor fit. But really, by then I knew I wasn't going to like the dress since that fabric is just not my color. I just wasn't loving it at all.
But that's okay. Not everything has to be a winner.
And that's why the title is the "Leave it to the Original" Dress. Sometimes, it's better to just appreciate a dress from afar.