Hot! The “Miz Mediocre” dress

The Facts
⁃ Fabric: dark blue jersey, checkered cotton (for bias binding and undercollar)
⁃ Pattern: Miz Mozelle
⁃ Year: 2011
⁃ Notions: self-made bias tape, elastic, button
⁃ Time to complete: 4-5 hours
⁃ First worn: November 2011
⁃ Wear again? Yes.
⁃ Total price: about 10 euros

I usually take my time when I need to take photos of a garment. I put on more makeup than usual, I do my hair, I style the garment a bit, I find a spot I like, I set my camera the best way I can and then I let the autoshoot go until I get a few photos I’m satisfied with (sometimes it takes more than 200 shots!). I’m a Capricorn and a perfectionist, so that’s the way I like to do it.
That is, unless it’s -10°C outside.
Yes, northern Italy is currently covered in ice, and one of my first thoughts when this apparently mild winter started to change, was: “How I am going to take photos for the blog?”. I’m very sorry to say that today’s photoshoot suffered terribly from the dire weather but that’s what I have to show you: frizzy hair and painful facial expressions.

It doesn’t help that I’m not too thrilled with my dress, which I probably would have never finished if it wasn’t for this week’s theme. It was made in November but needed the hem to be shortened, and it waited 3 months for it.
I was so excited with this pattern when I bought it and then so disappointed when I made it, although I don’t really know why.
One thing I’m definitly not crazy about is that the keyhole at the neckline is too big, and every time I lean forward you can see my belly button. I also don’t like the neckline on me, for some reason, although the collar is quite cute.

So, a meh dress pictured in meh photos… I’m not too proud of myself this week, but at least I got rid of my only UFO!




Paunnet is actually Anna, an Italian girl who thinks that sewing is the best thing in the world. In 2011, she started a blog to document her sewing adventures.


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  1. Ohhh I love the dress! I don’t think it’s ‘meh’ at all. The color is beautiful and I love the plaid accents.

  2. Hi Paunnet, I love the dress, with the keyhole maybe try a lace insertion?

    • That’s a great idea! I’ll definitely try, thanks for suggesting it!

      • I was going to suggest putting some of the plaid fabric behind the keyhole, but others have beaten me to it! I quite like it, and the plaid bias gives it extra personality.

        It’s been snowy and cold here for months (it’s Montreal, so that’s normal), but the dry crackling cold is starting to get to me. When I was taking my photos this week, I had to stop between every set and brush water into my hair to keep it from sticking straight up!

  3. Very very cute. The dress looks adorable against your snowy, northern Italian landscape. The plaid finishing touches are perfect!

  4. It’s cute! And I can totally relate about the photos thing. It sometimes takes more time for me to sew, set up a shot, and style it than it does to actually make the garment. :)

  5. I think the blue and white in the photos is lovely and I would call your expression “serene” rather than pained. :) I also really like the dress.

  6. I love the sweet simplicity of it and how easily wearable it is.

  7. I love the sweet simplicity of it and how easily wearable it is. The fabric contrasts are perfect.

  8. I really like this dress, Anna! I can imagine the keyhole is a bit annoying if you can see your belly button and like Krista’s suggestion for putting lace behind it.

  9. Oh, I think this is lovely! But I must say, the bodice isn’t as fitted as many of your other creations, which may be why you’re not wild about it? I don’t know, I’m sure it’s comfortable and I think it’s adorable, so I hope you save it, just to make me happy. Kidding! You should also make yourself happy. But mostly me.

    • That’s definitely a downer for me, as I definitely prefer fitted bodices, but the keyhole is what really kills it for me. I’ll still wear, although I won’t be on heavy rotation. Thanks for the comment :D

  10. I don’t think its meh at all! I love it, but I know how sometimes we are dissappointed when others can’t see the flaws. Great to have a clean queue.

    • That’s something that always surprises me, how sometimes I don’t like something at all but it still receives many compliments (and viceversa…)

  11. I like your dress, the colour is lovely. That must be annoying about the key hole though.

    • Yes, it’s such a pity! And I was even careful not to stretch it while sewing the bias tape, which means it’s already very big in the pattern design…

  12. We all agree, the dress is just lovely and, that snow looks stunning. The photos and the whole mood is dream like. – Thank you for sharing your world with us!

  13. Totally sweet dress and the photos are stunning, not meh at all!

  14. These are really great photos. The varieties of blue give a real art-like feel. I do like the look of your dress, the colour is intense and the check bias tape is cute.

  15. I’m going to chime in with the rest of the ladies. The dress is very pretty and is an excellent color and fabric choice. You are very brave to stand out there in the ice. It looks so cold! Hope the weather warms up so you can wear it properly.

  16. I love these pictures–they kinda look like something out of VOGUE. As for the keyhole, perhaps you could remove the collar, drop the neckline down just a little bit in the front, re-attach the collar and thus shrink the keyhole a little bit?

    • Thank you, Tina, you’re too kind!!!
      I appreciate the suggestion, but that’s way too much work for a dress I don’t love all that much…

  17. I love the dress and the photos and being a Capricorn too I know exactly where you’re coming from, maybe overtime you will learn to love this dress it really isn’t all that meh :)

  18. This is such a pretty dress with a great color choice. I know you’re not fond of the keyhole insert but I love it so much that it made me look up the pattern. You’ve done such a nice job selecting the plaid I definetely feel inspired to purchase this pattern and take a try at thsi dress too!

  19. This is so not mediocre! I love it!

  20. These UFOs bring out the self-deprecation, huh? You look fabulous, and the dress is cute.

  21. Your backdrop is stunning :) I love this color on you, and I think the dress fits you well – the collar is fantastic!

  22. I just linked over from your Red post. I don’t know how I missed this last week. Loving this dress. Very cute! I hear ya about the weather, outside photos in February in a cold climate are difficult. You managed to look cute anyway :D