Well it was my birthday yesterday so I thought last Saturday that I would make myself a simple easy birthday dress. I had bought this pattern for view C a while back because I saw someone make it on their blog and it was cute with a belt (sorry I can’t remember whose blog that was), I had always been reluctant to buy it in the past because of the obvious… it would make me look like a flying squirrel.
It did look really cute on this blog all belted and stylish. So I had two yards of a jersey knit I found at the thrift store so I thought to better use all my fabric I would make it into a summer dress.
I really should have never bought the pattern. Whoevers blog I saw it on probably had a different body type than me because it just looked a little odd on me. I mean it was okay, but not really good, you know what I mean, even my husband agreed and he is usually deathly afraid of telling me he doesn’t like anything I make for fear that I will run crying from the room and hide under my bed with the Costco ten pound bag of chocolate chips for a week forcing him to make dinner, do the laundry, and try to explain to the children that mommy just needs some alone time but she still loves them.
Anyway up to this point it was okay but not great. Then I made my first big mistake, I serged the facing to the neckline with my three year old literally hanging on my back. Now I often sew with her on my lap and while it isn’t easy it is doable. Not so with her hanging on my back. So I serged out a chunck of the neckline then evened it up. Then the neck was way to low so I took in the shoulders to raise it. At this point the dress became too short and since I had been working with a limited amount of fabric I hadn’t cut it longer like I usually do. So here are the grand results.
I guess the picture looks okay, but it is too short and I don’t quite know what to do with the ruffles and the belt, it is just one of those things that even if the length were good I would always be fiddling with it and feeling self conscious. Here I am doing my flying squirrel impersonation.
The silver lining to it all is that my 11 year old loves the dress, squirrel ruffles and all, and since it is belted it looks really pretty cute on her. So it wasn’t a total waste of my time.