Not a natural born seamstress
Added May 19, 2011
South West, Unit...
This is my version of Cate. Would I do it again? Definitely not. The instructions for the top could be in Chinese, they wouldn’t be more intellegible – but that might just be me. I found a way to piece it all together.
The advantage of this pattern: few pieces. The disadvange: the instructions and the straps. I think I will have to take them off and replace them with slightly shorter, straight ones and move them toward the middle a little so they don’t keep falling off my shoulders and my bra doesn’t show.
EDIT: I was so annoyed that the straps ruined the whole dress that I took them off and replaced them. Result can be seen in the two last pictures. I am so much happier now :-)
Apart from that, I am not too unhappy with my first ever dress. I love the fabric. I made a bit of a mess of the concealed zip… I don’t have a zipper foot as far as I can see. Next time, I’ll simply anker the zip and hand-stitch the side with the teeth. Much neater and faster in the end…
The title: the project reminded me of why I usually stick to toddler garments and small projects. I just don’t have the patience. Oh well, I will have to pick up my courage again soon as I have two more fabulous fabrics at home for dresses to take on holidays.
thin cotton and a sort of broderie anglaise knit, which added its own challenges with its side-ways stretch