Friday, June 13, 2014

Strike Two

 Hello everyone!

I have been moping around the last couple of days, unsure of where to go from here, with regards to sewing.  You see, I had a great plan for my white affair event that occured this past Sunday.  I was going to sew this dress:

Mccalls 6955
It is a nice, simple dress with a fitted bodice, and skirt cut on the bias.  I knew when I looked at it that I was in love!!  And to make it even better, there are only four pattern pieces.  FOUR!!  So, I started sewing last Monday, but the fabric I chose just raveled everywhere.  It was horrible to sew with.  I should have known then that I was going to have a problem.

I decided to switch to an easier to sew suiting, and all was well--until my dress did not fit.  I still can't figure out what happened.  I used Fit for Real People, sewed a size 10, and made my adjustments to the pattern pieces.  Yet when I went to line up my bodice with my skirt, it did not line up at all.  I went over everything time after time and I still haven't figured it out.

So, somewhere around last Saturday evening I decided to give up.  I knew my white dress wouldn't happen for this event, and I would have to try again for something else.  I woke up Sunday morning a little sad when my son came up to me and asked how my dress was going.  I said "Oh,'s not going to work out.  Mommy can't figure out how to make it work, so I have to wear something else."  He says, "That's ok, mommy, I know how hard you worked on your dress."  I realized as soon as he said this that I needed to hear those very words.  Another dress for another day--that is what I have been telling myself.  And hey, I didn't have to break my RTW fast, or show up at my affair in the buff, so that's a plus!!!

The event was nothing short of beautiful!!!  Most all of the decorating was done in white, and the atmosphere was so clean, pure, and lovely!  My friend and I provided all of the food for our table, and we had a lot of food!!  It was a delicious way to spend the Sunday afternoon--great food, great company, great fun.  

I ended up digging a mini dress out of my closet that was, ahem, mostly white.  It isn't what I would have chosen for a white affair, but it had to do so I wouldn't break my RTW fast.

My friend rocked a gorgeous all white peplum dress!!  She looked stunning!  Overall, all of our hard work setting up our table, combined with our busy week, was totally worth it.

In hindsight, if I had it to do all over again, I would have sewn a knit dress.  I am still having a hard time fitting my body with woven fabrics, and haven't figured out how to make darts work for my boxier shape.  Also, fitting my back has proved to be a big challenge.  I use my homemade dressform, but I may have to have my hubby double check my measurements.

All that said, I have been moping about what to do next.  This week I have been busy with vacation bible school, so I haven't thought about sewing too much; however, once I get out of this funk I will be back with a new project.  I am definitely going to finish my New Look 6210 dress.  I have seen some wonderful versions popping up in blogland, and I know I would wear it often once I finish it.  

Thank you for all your comments and suggestions on dresses for this event.  I really did take them all into consideration.  

I hope to check back in again soon...

Stay sew-filled!


  1. Oh no! I hate it when fabric ravels. It makes it a nightmare to sew and sucks your energy.

    You didn't have a me-made white dress but nonetheless, you looked beautiful for the event (and you had a fabulous time!). You should focus on that. The wovens will come with much trial but it will be worth it!

  2. You looked very beautiful at the event. I love that McCalls pattern; once you figure out the fit issue you'll end up with a very lovely dress for another event.

  3. Awww sorry it didn't work out as you'd hoped but so glad your little one was able to help you see perspective! Those little people always manage to do that :)

    Very cute look you decided on and so glad the event went well!

  4. Awwww...I'm sorry it didn't work out too! But now you have me wanting to make a white dress! :)

    What your son said was super sweet!

  5. I'm sorry your dress didn't work out. I've suffered a lot of failures with wovens lately too (even with patterns that worked for me in the past).

    This means it's time to sew some knit dresses :)

  6. All the makings of an experienced seamstress in progress! Hang tough!!!

  7. I was thinking NL6922 might be perfect for an interlock knit. I made it three times, two times in an interlock-type stable knit and once in a lightweight knit, but I don't like how lightweight that knit is.

    So, it's a knit without sleeves and a very breezy design. :)

  8. Kyle, I love the idea of a breezy design!

  9. I'm all for knits lately. I'm tired of having failures because of pattern companies and their varying amount of ease.

    I'm so proud of you not breaking the RTW Fast. I bought my boys some shorts, but had a hard time doing that. I knew the fit and quality wasn't what I could do. They didn't even get the plaids lined up!


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