It’s fair to say, that not all projects work out how you expect. Some exceed expectations, and others are downright disappointing. Unfortunately, this dress falls into the later category.
I had really high hopes for StyleArc’s Lacey Dress, but I just don’t feel good in it. It’s hard to know exactly what’s ‘wrong’ with this dress…. and I’m coming around to the idea it’s probably a combination of several of the following things:
- There is excess fabric in the upper chest
- The waist seam is a little high (or is that the style?)
- My stripe placement doesn’t match my style… maybe it’s a little too dramatic for me?
- The dress length is on the long side for a ‘showing your pins’ kind-of-girl like me
Rather dwelling on the result, let’s focus on the fabric and the process…
As soon as I laid eyes on this striped fabric we were in love. The colours, the wide stripe, the drape, the composition (95% cotton/5% spandex) and the fact that it was a whopping 175cm wide. Needless-to-say, I was at the counter and taking some home with me in the blink of an eye.
I always use fusible stay tape on the necklines of knit fabric to stop it from stretching out when adding a neckband or facing. In this case, I also added stay tape to the side seams of the front and back pattern pieces as I was worried that the weight of the skirt might drag the bodice down.
I’ve mentioned it before, but it worth repeating again, I treat stripe matching as a competitive sport. For this make, I used a walking foot and I pinned EVERY SINGLE STRIPE. Sure it takes time, but the results are totally worth it!
If I’m matching a long seam, I like to make a start and then pull the sewn portion of the seam around to check progress. In this instance, I was totally on track, but if you’re not, then there is much less unpicking!
As much as I love a matched stripe, if I can avoid matching, I will. In this instance, my super wide fabric allowed me to eliminate one of the side seams in the skirt portion of the dress.
I’m sure you’ve noticed, but I bet you’ve just been too polite to say anything… I have VERY pale and pasty legs. When cutting out a project with light and dark stripes, I always ensured that the darkest stripe is at the bottom of my hem. A cream stripe and pale legs… trust me, it’s not a good look!
And the apples… well Sharon and I were taking blog photos in Daylesford last Friday and we took the opportunity to visit the #applestore. I’ve been a longtime reader of @foxslane’s blog so it was nice to drop by, buy a few kilograms of yummy organic apples and snap these photos. If you’re in the area… go buy their delicious apples!
Pattern: StyleArc’s Lacey Dress
Fabric: Striped knit (95% cotton/5% Spandex) from The Cloth Shop
Alterations: My wide fabric allowed me to eliminated one of the side seams in the skirt (less stripe matching)
Outfit: The beads are hand-me-downs from my Mum and the Funkis clogs were purchased second hand in ‘as new’ condition
Photo Location: #applestore at Daylesford Organics… see also @foxslane’s blog. Side note: It’s very difficult to photograph during the middle of a very hot day!