Ever worked through a project with some (or lots) of doubts, and get to the end and think why did I make this? I don't do it often - sure there's lots of time I finish making something and wonder what I was thinking when I see the finished garment on me, but I usually start out thinking it's a great idea. My latest project however gave me misgivings from the start, but I ignored my inner voice of reason due t my overwhelming desire to make a new dress. Of course I should have listened to myself, because now I'm finished I'm a bit ho hum about it....
And I should have known better too, because my latest dress is one I've made twice before a long time ago and didn't like how it turned out. In fact the only time I liked how these two dresses looked was when I was pregnant - since I'm not pregnant anymore that should have been a major hint to me. I made New Look 6429 which is a faux wrap dress with a full skirt:
and I used a green and blue floral knit that I purchased only a few short months ago to make this:
I chose this dress because I knew it would be functional as a nursing friendly dress. To make sure the neckline would stretch far enough to pull it down for access I sewed some clear elastic around the neckline instead of iron on stabiliser which is what I usually do for knits. Doing this also had the added advantage of hugging the neckline in to my chest so that nothing untoward is on display.
Loads of people have positively reviewed this pattern (which now seems to be OOP), but I just find it rather frumpy on me. Perhaps it's because I raised the neckline, or it's just because I like structured dresses in woven fabrics that feel like they are holding me in, but this is the main issue I have with this dress:
The side profile is horrible! Those gathers across the stomach area under the bust that other ladies who have made this dress seem to love just look poufy on me making my mummy tummy look worse than it is. It looks ok from the back though, with the skirt falling in nice ripples:
It is simple and easy to make, and took hardly any time at all which are not good reasons to make something but at least are a consolation prize when things don't turn out as well as you want. But since this dress works and is functional, and I always seem to have a baby hanging off my hip which distracts from how the dress looks on me anyway I've still worn this a few times in the last week. So it's not a complete failure I guess!