Ugh! Eleven days on duty is offically too many. Oh well, it’s over and done with. I’ve got a few days off so that’s what I’ll focus on.
I finished a dress before the work marathon and didn’t like it much. I tried it on again today and still don’t like it. I guess we’ll call this one a fail. I used McCall’s 5752 pattern and that graphic print poly from Fabrix in San Francisco. The print on the knit doesn’t read quite so horizontally in person, and that slippery poly is a pain to work with. Luckily it’s $2.69 a yard, so experimenting is cheap.
I have much more unflattering pictures of this dress hugging my ass and hips, but those pics are so not going onto the internet, so just take my word for it. My gripes are that plunging gaping neck, the wonky side seams that I can’t make lay flat (poly doesn’t iron well) and the way the material clings like crazy to my butt (junk in the trunk in a horizontal print!). The midriff has this ruched area front and back, and in theory that should be flattering. It’s not, it looks like some sort of marsupial pouch after the baby’s left.
I think this pattern would work better for me with a firmer knit in a solid color or smaller print. A fuller A-line skirt or some gathering at the waist would be more flattering asswise.
Perhaps I’ll try a wrap dress with a full skirt next. I still like the feel of wearing the poly knit, but perhaps I’ll make the wrap in a solid knit color or a cotton knit. The other good thing about this pattern is that it’s super fast to make. So while it’s a fail, it was cheap and fast. Will I make it again, no. I shall have to look around for a dress meeting the criteria derived from the fail points of this dress. Second time’s the charm, hopefully.