Added Jun 21, 2010
This dress was inspired by all the backless/peek-a-boo back dresses I’d seen popping up online during the late winter. I love the look, and it seemed perfectly suited to the hot Florida summer. I used a 1940s dress pattern for this–one I’ve used in the past –and just modified it to suit my design needs. The main fabric is a thrifted “mystery content” material I found when my mom was visiting; I think it feels like a rayon blend, but I never did do a burn test, so I have no idea! I really wanted the contrast band along the neckline, but kind of wish I had echoed it in the skirt as well. It’s not a huge deal–I just have to wear a white belt to balance the band in the dress (yes, I am a freak about making sure things are visually balanced).
I have to admit, I’m on the fence about this one. After all, not every project goes smoothly, turns out exactly as envisioned, or even is something I love in the end–and being realistic about that is good for putting the lessons I learned in perspective. I don’t really like the skirt; part of this is the length (I think I need to shorten it about 1″), and also the gathering (I might figure out about redoing that too–but I think I serged the seam…). I feel like it makes my hips look about 10 times wider (it doesn’t look bad in the photos, but it real life I think it does). Also: the bodice style isn’t the best for the open back. (Mental note: next time I do a style with a peek-a-boo back, use a bodice that has a lot more fitting–it won’t bag under the arms!)
So this one isn’t a total success–I learned a few things (especially about how tricky doing a “winging it” dress while on the road is! Mental note #2: save those drafting projects for at-home sewing.), which is always useful in any project that doesn’t turn out like my sketch. After all: how else do we learn than to hit a few bumps along the way and make a couple mistakes? The key, for me, is not letting my perceived “failures” (which I hesitate to call this one, because it isn’t) get in the way of progressing or killing my sewing mojo!
rayon blend, ric rac
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