The “Emotional Roller Coaster” Dress
Fabric: 3 1/3 yards teal Robert Kaufman Radiance (55% cotton, 45% silk), about $30 from Brooklyn GeneralPattern: Colette Oolong
Time to complete: About 4 hours this week. Previously, quite a long time. The sewing is fairly quick but the cutting out is a major undertaking.
First worn: Saturday night to a MoMA party for families. Mostly with a cardigan.
Wear again: I don’t know.
Total cost: $30
- The color.
- The fabric is slinky.
- Makes me look like I have a waist.
- No zipper, no buttons.
- The bias-cut swinginess.
What I don’t like:
- Neckline looks like crap. Is there any way to get that point of the v-neck to look smooth and lie flat?
- Fit could be better.
- Sleeves are too poufy on top.
- My slip rides up when I wear it. If I make Oolong again, I’ll definitely line it.
- The fabric wrinkles like crazy.
- The stupid emotional suffering I endured making it.
I abandoned this dress a couple months ago because the neck facing wouldn’t cooperate and the sleeve hem barely squeezed over my upper arm (wouldn’t call it a bicep, because that suggests muscle). Tears were shed. Feeling way too hateful toward the dress, I opted to take a break.
This week I recut and reattached the sleeves, resewed the neck facing, and hemmed it. Unfortunately, while notching the seam allowance of the neck facing, I accidentally snipped the front of the dress! No! More hysterics, more hate for the dress. I squirted some Fray-Check on the snip. It’s wearable, not a complete disaster, especially with a cardigan, but I don’t see myself reaching for this dress often, if ever again.