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Green dress: Fail!

Added May 28, 2010

by verypurplepe...

Tokyo, Japan






I finally understand why Tara pattern is so popular. It is easy and making it was so enjoyable. The green fabric is another vintage fabric from my mother, it is now pretty old and has a lot of little holes. As it is a traditional cloth from one of the area in Indonesia, the width and length were a bit unusual.

I made the dress in size 32, didn’t make any alteration other than lengthening it, and the dress fitted perfectly. I really like it although the neckline was rather low, but it was expected.

But a few hours after the dress was finished, I found out that I’ve made a terrible mistake with it! One sleeve has the right side of fabric, but the other sleeve has the wrong side of fabric on it!!

It turned out that, in my ignorance, I just assumed that both sides of the fabric were the same, no wrong or right side. Well, it was a traditionally weft cloth, of course it has wrong side, duh! The wreck didn’t stop there, the back skirt of my dress is also sporting the wrong side of the fabric. The dress is doomed.

In the picture where I wear the dress, it might look okay. But in real life, the mistake is so obvious! Or at least in my eye it looks so obvious. I have ruined this pretty fabric. Boo-hoo.

Making a mistake is one thing, but accepting the mistake is another thing, the difficult thing. I guess I have no choice other than accepting it. That this pretty dress with perfect placement of stripes and neat topstitching in red thread, the dress that fits me oh very lovely, is so ruined. I will put it out of my sight and make another one because I love this pattern. And I will be very careful this time.

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vintage traditional cloth from Indonesia




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    Oct 8, 2010, 04.00 AMby kikababy

    Novita….haaaaiii from Jakarta!….you know what, your blog inspired me to sew AGAIN! after ages i didnt sew….now i kinda spread the infectious SEWING VIRUS amongs my friends….they’re bought sewing machine eventho’ they never sew and didnt know how to turn it ON …hehehe but now we are learning together….start from the simple one….. trima kasih, kamu SANGAT menginspirasi….have a look at my so-called creation yaaa….

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    Jun 16, 2010, 04.59 PMby smalldose

    You are seriously amazing. Your creations are inspiring and you have a beautiful sense of color. <3

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    Jun 11, 2010, 02.08 AMby krystynjo

    Is the third picture – the one of the seam – showing the mistake?

    Please! That dress is fabulous, and doesn’t look “wrong” at all! Your craftsmanship is to be envied, and the dress is an epic win!

    Had you been using printed cotton the “mistake” would be a fail – and you would have noticed what you were doing right away. I’ve seen other clothing made with handmade fabric that uses several different patterns or the same pattern in different colors. Your dress is a great display of the unique and original fabric.

    I think if you took the word “FAIL” out of your headline people would think it was intentional – and brilliant!

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    Jun 3, 2010, 07.12 PMby Flynn Summers

    I would use a seam ripper if it really bothers you… Cutting it would be too risky, but a seam ripper is just you finding individual stitches, and carefully slicing them one at a time. If you did that I think it could work. You’d just do that all along where the skirt’s fabric is reversed, and then it should be completely detached. Then I’d think you could just reverse it and re-sew. Honestly, I think it still looks fine with the mistakes… Still extremely pretty overall!

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    Jun 3, 2010, 04.23 PMby gedwoods

    Your dresses always stand out from the crowd! A pleasure to look at, every time! (even when there are technical problems!)

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      Jun 4, 2010, 01.10 AMby verypurpleperson

      Dear gedwoods, thank you for the kind words!
      Everybody is very nice about this dress, I’m beginning to love it now <3 <3

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    May 31, 2010, 02.59 PMby thehouseofhearts

    Even with the mistake what a beautiful dress! Whatever you sew is always a huge inspiration to me and the colors and fabrics you choose make me step out of my own box! Great job yet again :)

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    May 30, 2010, 07.34 PMby cface23

    You’re fabric with the dress pattern turned out beautifully! Since you sewed it, you’re eyes may gravitate to the mistakes, but to the rest of us, we just see a great dress!

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    May 30, 2010, 03.13 PMby suribabe

    You’ve done a great job.. Wrong or right side its still looking great. Well done.

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    May 29, 2010, 08.39 PMby storres56

    Mistakes and all…I think it works well.

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    May 29, 2010, 08.44 AMby pixelink

    to me, the fabric is perfect to mix up wrong and right sides and looks intentional… wear it with the same spirit as when making it, it’s beautiful!!

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    May 29, 2010, 03.04 AMby sertyan

    The matching of fabric n sewing on this dress is so well done I would think u r making a statement with those wrong sides of fabric. U should definitely wear it out the house it is too pretty no one would think of them as mistakes

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    May 29, 2010, 03.04 AMby sertyan

    The matching of fabric n sewing on this dress is so well done I would think u r making a statement with those wrong sides of fabric. U should definitely wear it out the house it is too pretty no one would think of them as mistakes

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    May 29, 2010, 03.04 AMby sertyan

    The matching of fabric n sewing on this dress is so well done I would think u r making a statement with those wrong sides of fabric. U should definitely wear it out the house it is too pretty no one would think of them as mistakes

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    May 28, 2010, 11.10 PMby stefanisarah

    I really like this on you. Vivid colors and great woven details. Where is it from in Indonesia? If I were you, I’d be too scared too cut into this thing, especially if the fabric dimension is pretty unexpected. But you managed to match the stripes despite the dimension and the fabric flaws.

    After a close inspection, I finally realize that the back skirt is inside out. It took me 5 minutes to figure that out. I hope it’s a good news for you. I think this dress could make great pillow covers as well.

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    May 28, 2010, 10.44 PMby 1teta

    i think it looks like you wanted it to be different. think it looks great!!!!

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    May 28, 2010, 09.08 PMby tamezdc

    I really didn’t notice the mistake, but I understand that when one notices it, that is all that matter. Well, at least we all learned a lesson. You should still wear the dress around the house and fell really sexy in it.

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    May 28, 2010, 07.24 PMby fairyprincess

    The quirky factor of your ‘mistake’ in my opinion makes the dress even better! Nevermind that some of it is the ‘wrong’ side of the fabric… you meant it to be that way ;)

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    May 28, 2010, 07.21 PMby mmaldonado

    “Oh my face always looks sad in pictures, I don’t know why LOL. People always say why I look sad, but I smile in my heart!”

    you know, same thing happens to me, I look so depressed in pictures, and also in real life T.T but I’m not that sad at all! Dunno, I try to smile more but in pictures I don’t really like my wiiiiide mouth open smile… xD

    btw: the dress is beautiful as the fabric, and one can make mistakes, and accept it, I think the hardest part is that you think your ruined the fabric, but nevermind, there are a lot of beautiful fabrics, and of course, I think you’ve learned a lot by making that mistake =)

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      May 29, 2010, 10.13 AMby verypurpleperson

      That’s so funny! When I first saw your picture in flickr, I thought that you looked sad too. I’m sorry! I have to grin widely if I want to look not too sad. It feels so unnatural doing it, but in pictures I look normal. How strange.

      Thanks for the comment, it was indeed a learning experience :)

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    May 28, 2010, 07.12 PMby gray

    (P:S far too critical. I think it looks really fine. I doubt anyone would be looking at the pattern somehow with this great derss!! Only how wonderful you look in it)

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    May 28, 2010, 07.10 PMby gray

    What happend to creativeness? So what it is the wrong side!! Have you seen the jeans with the ‘fake paint splatters’?? Come on!! Anything that cute is just fine and if anyone says anything just sniff and say it was ment to be that way. Exclusive designer. (I tell you everyone will start doing it!!)

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    May 28, 2010, 06.41 PMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    YOU ARE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF!!! i can understand why though as your creations are usually meticulous and we all enjoy them so much. maybe you’re more upset by this one because it’s your mom’s fabric, but this is no fail. the fabric is so vibrant and dynamic that i can’t notice. i know i know, YOU NOTICE, but if it’s really that bad to you, i’m sure there’s several of us here who would gladly buy it from you on your etsy site!! but your shoes go so perfectly with it, i say you hold onto it for a while and when you’ve calmed down a bit, i know you’ll rework it into something you can wear proudly and smile about!!!

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      May 29, 2010, 10.06 AMby verypurpleperson

      Yes, the fact that the fabric is one of a kind made me more upset. I guess I should do something about it so I can have something to wear with the green shoes :D

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    May 28, 2010, 06.37 PMby polychromatin

    Girl, don’t be stupid, it looks beautiful! I wouldn’t have noticed about the wrong side of the fabric, if you didnt mention it. I think it looks pretty both sides! It really suits you and you should wear it, thats some kind of strength of the character ;) people make mistakes, it happens, so why to hide them and not show them proudly? :) I guess some deisgner might be inspired and start a whole collection of garments out of right and wrong side fabric pieces. Why does everything need to be the right way? It’s a beautiful dress, that’s what matters :)

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      May 29, 2010, 10.04 AMby verypurpleperson

      Glad to see you! Thank you for the comment, I guess this dress really has some character! :)

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    May 28, 2010, 02.52 PMby lclausewitz

    The wrong-sidedness isn’t all that noticeable. After all, just face it: if a fellow Indonesian like me didn’t notice it the first time around, what are the chances of a non-Indonesian knowing right away that it’s not deliberate?

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    May 28, 2010, 01.20 PMby wzrdreams

    It’s gorgeous. Wear it anyway. I would!

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    May 28, 2010, 12.28 PMby Natalia *

    I still think it looks great. Even if you dont have the patience to unpick the french seams, you could still wear it. No one but you would would ever notice.

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    May 28, 2010, 11.22 AMby lizah

    it’s beautiful!! I didn’t even notice the little mistake. you are so talanted!

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    May 28, 2010, 10.45 AMby sandoz18

    The design of the fabric is bold enough that you could still wear it as is, especially given that 50% of the dress is reversed. I think that makes it look deliberate… if you can convince yourself of that, anyway, which would be hard (as the sewer). Beautifully done, though!

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    May 28, 2010, 09.28 AMby anajan

    Oh, I understand the frustration! Can’t you unpick the seams and flip the back piece and sew it back again? When something similar happens to me, I lose my temper, and I usually don’t have the patience to fix the fault. So, I leave the garment for a while and fix it once I’m in the mood for that.

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      May 28, 2010, 09.48 AMby verypurpleperson

      That’s what usually happens to me too! I guess I’m still in the ‘sulking mode’ right now. Maybe I will fix it later!

      PS: forgot to mention that I use french seams for the side seams, which make it even harder to unpick! groan

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    May 28, 2010, 07.38 AMby michelle ><><><

    It looks wonderful i love it, can i have it? I know how you feel though when those things happen it drives me crazy! You have inspired me to make this dress now!

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    May 28, 2010, 07.30 AMby frankiesoup

    I love this dress – it looks amazing on you. You could always say that you intended to use the wrong side of the fabric as a fashion statement :)

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