This has not been a good season for sewing. I blame myself. I departed from my Number One Cardinal Rule of sewing. Only use patterns that I know work, i.e., patterns I’ve made before.
But I have to tell you, the allure of a new pattern is so strong. I go to the fabric store and I flip through the glossy catalogues of all these great outfits and I’m like, “I can make that!”
And I can, but I don’t know if it will 1) Fit and 2) Look anything like the picture.
I’m going through a body image crisis right now and I’m convinced I’ve gained 50 pounds. I am a pattern size 10 (which correlates to vintage dress sizes, FYI. I’m a 5-7 in today’s clothing) but since I’ve ballooned out of control, I must be at least a size 14. So I cut the size 14 and surprise surprise, it’s too big, so I have to take it apart and alter it down. I’ll cop to that error.
The rest I blame on the patterns. And my body, which I blame my children for.
My first mistake was going by an illustrated cover. This is fashion drawing and doesn’t reflect real proportions. I should also know better than to wear anything with a bunch of fabric bulk, my frame can’t handle it. I also don’t have a tiny waste. My stomach is flat(ish) but I am not a narrow person, unless you are talking about my outlook on life. FREE PATTERN ANYONE?
I look like a damn whale. I like this fabric and since there are 10 yards of it in the skirt alone, I’m going to try to reuse it to make a dress that I know I like.
GOD! THIS IS SO HORRIBLE! I WANT MY DAY BACK! And my $50 in fabric. I swear, anyone who says they want to sew is crazy. It’s cheaper, faster and more cost effective to buy something at the store, preferably thrift or consignment.
This looks super cute, too. And it’s “easy”. I’ve been sewing for 26 years and I’m still baffled by what pattern makers classify as easy. Sure, I can do it, but it’s not easy. But doesn’t she look all slim and Mia Farrow like? TRASH.
Nice hospital gown, don’t you think? IT’S SO HIDEOUS! And the arm openings are too small so it binds me in the pits. Anyone want it? It’s yours. FREE.
I feel like I have to prove that I actually can sew and aren’t as wide as a Mack truck. I made this last year. Cute, no? I’m going to make something else with this pattern because this dress is great.