The “Indecisiveness Rules” Dress
Fabric: 3 yards rayon, from stash
Pattern: Simplicity 4573, from stash
Notions: Embroidery floss, bias tape and a zipper from stash, $0
Time to complete: ~15
First worn: September 2012
Wear again? Yes
Total Cost: $0
I really took stock of my clothes last week. Lots of summer and spring garments…. and hardly anything for fall and winter. Since I am trying to sew with material from my stash, I decided to go with a long sleeved dress.The weather here in Missoula is still pretty nice, although smoky as can be, so it’ll be a while before it gets worn.
Due (mostly) to a ton of indecisiveness on my part, this dress took forever and a day to get done. I’ve never really sewn with rayon before and was seriously concerned when I tried the dress on. I noticed that there were obvious holes where the needle had sewn the fabric together, almost as if there was too much stress on the seam. The front of the dress fits really well, so I don’t think it’s excess stress?? I used a universal needle, which according to google, would work…but maybe that’s the reason? Since this freaked me out, I went back in and hand stitched some of the seams really, really well.
I also had trouble with the sleeves, though maybe this is common for woven garments with sleeves? I can only lift my arms to below armpit length, any higher and the dress lifts up. Does that make sense? I noticed that for a vintage pattern, the sleeve ease is not the normal monstrosity….could this be part of the problem? I checked the back and it seemed to fit well across my shoulders but who knows…. I’m still indecisive about parts of this dress. For instance, are the embroidered buttons too freakin’ huge for the front? Should I make them smaller? This dress makes me crazy and is still giving me a headache!