It was this dress that brought me to a low point, last week.
Looks cute, doesn't it?
Here it is without the belt:
I spent 3 long days on this, creating a horrible back pain as a result.
It was part experiment, part overambitious undertaking, but mostly a learning piece.
My objectives for this project were:
1. make sleeves;
2. create a bodice + skirt bottom dress; and
3. use up these 2 pieces of quilting cotton.
Sounded simple, right?
The bulk of my time and effort was spent on setting in the sleeves. On hindsight, that was energy well spent, as I know that it was practice that I needed.
I was feeling proud with my sleeves finally settling in the way I wanted, only to receive a negative feedback. ("This cloth makes you look like a granny.")
That extinguished my enthusiasm. Almost. Got to finish what I started.
What brought me to an aggravating low, was the stage where I realised the 'true waist' of the bodice was a teeny bit way too high for my liking.
To rectify that, I had to make an extension; the elastic casing was the result.
Adding on the elastic band casing and trying to figure how to attach a skirt bottom was the challenging part. I had to figure this out by myself. Mind you, I am a still new to garment-making and learning from patterns as I go / went along.
It wasn't a great idea to wander off and try sewing without a pattern and instructions.
I also could not decide what type of skirt I wanted. Pleated? Gathered? Shirred?
I tried all methods, tethering on my last bit of determination, only to finally settle with a fully gathered skirt which had gotten me feeling all wretched because I lack the technical know-how.
Seeing light at the end of the tunnel, I stitched the skirt hem and the neck.
Here's what it looks like inside-out:
Thank you all for your encouraging words.
After a few days of rest - away from this experimental dress - I dusted my elbows and knees and got back to sewing again.
But will I ever wear this "granny" dress? We'll never know...
You must realise that I am on a dressmaking adventure.
When I have a craft urge, boy do I latch on and never let it go. This I-want-to-make-my-own-clothes itch has got me good; I hope you can bear with me. After this overambitious piece, I headed back to something basic for a 'comeback'. I'll show it to you soon!