The “What drug was I on when I bought this fabric” bin dress

Do you ever have a little voice in the back of your head telling you to stop, that what you are doing is NOT going to work out?  Today it was screaming in my ear, but did I listen?  No.  The result?  A wasted couple of hours tracing a pattern, making a muslin (yes I actually made a bodice muslin for this disaster ….and I never do that!) and half making a dress that deep down I knew wasn’t going to be a success.

There are two major reasons why this dress was doomed for failure:

1. The fabric

2. The style.

I originally bought this fabric to make one of Kazz’s Back for Seconds dress.  I’m trying to add a little (or a lot in this case) colour into my wardrobe, and I thought this would do the trick. (obviously delirious at the time).  If I had stuck to my original plan, the dress may have been wearable and not so dowdy – but I was trying to be practical and make a dress that would be more”everyday wear”, and one that would fit into this week’s challenge as this fabric would look great with a pair of pink sandals I have.

The end result – dress and scraps of fabric are in the bin!  I took one look of myself in the mirror wearing this half-made dress and screamed!  I have had quite a few sewing disasters, but none as blatently awful as this one – which leads me to the title of this dress – and makes me ask ….. “what drug was I on when I thought this fabric would be good for me?”

Moral to this story?  Listen to that little voice when it is trying to tell you to stop – most times it does know best!

The Facts:

Fabric:  Silky stuff
Pattern:  New Look 6347 view B
Year: 2010
First worn:  Never
Wear again:  Absolutely not

Total Price:  $30 approx



Deb has been sewing on and off since she was 10 years old. Her main sewing goal for 2012 is to challenge herself as a sewer and to "have no fear"!


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  1. I really like the fabric but I understand. When something doesn’t feel right, it’s not going to work. There’s no way to salvage the dress – perhaps turn it into a lining or use it for pockets down the road?

  2. Maybe you could cut it off and make it into a very frisky shell?

  3. Or a flippy skirt?? I would have bought that fabric, because I love the blues and contrast orange.

  4. Aww.. The fabric is pretty. Can you salvage a top, like prttynpnk said?

  5. Gotta say that I too would have bought this fabric too. I like it, but I see what you mean. Separates might work. (You aren’t alone in a ‘unsatisfactory’ effort this week).

  6. Thanks for all the encouraging feedback. The fabric is pretty, just not me, so I’m going to leave it in the bin and move onto my next project – which I hope will be way more successful!

  7. Pretty fabric – what a shame it didn’t work for you. I once put a half made garment in the bin and so that I wouldn’t be tempted to dig it out again I made sure to thrown the remains of my cats’ food on top of it! Sometimes you just know when to give up.