Not all are created equal
No this is not a political post. I’m talking about border prints. Not all are created equal. After the high that was my first border print B5454 dress, I immediately cut out another border print. One which I thought would be perfect for the San Diego area with a tropical floral theme. It’s really pretty. I was very careful about cutting out this print (or at least I thought I was careful) and used the single layer cutting method. I thought I would have a sensational dress when I sewed it up. But I discovered that this border print just isn’t any old border print, it’s a border/panel print combo because of the floral layout. I only had two panels of the floral border/panel print. With only two panels and three pattern pieces for the skirt of the dress, this was a recipe for mismatched side seams. Oh well… Live and learn I guess.
After sewing it up, I was so upset that I wadded it up into a ball and threw it into the corner. I know, I’m really mature for my age. But a couple of days away from it allowed me to calm down and have a more circumspect view of the dress. It also helped that my sewing group on Facebook all said that only we of the sewing community would really notice. So, I am going to wear it today and see if the sewing gods see fit to smote me on the spot.
Oh, and I discovered another thing about the dress with this version. Since the bodice is a solid color, I really notice the pleats at the shoulder as a design feature/flaw. If you will recall, I adjusted the bodice pattern piece for a 3 inch FBA and changed the shoulder box pleat to three separate pleats of varying widths. Since I am not a pattern maker, I just winged it. Now, in the solid fabric, I can see that my pleats aren’t that great. They’re not placed symmetrically or pleasingly and they are not equal widths. Again, only a sewist would notice. I don’t think anyone else would. At least, I’m hoping they won’t.
Here are some photos for your viewing displeasure (it was a no makeup/bad hair day, so I blotted out my head).
And the Side Seam of Doom…
Despite the flaws of this dress, I am nowhere near done with this B5454. I love it still. I think I might cut out another today. But in a non-border print this time. I don’t want to have to think so hard.
Happy sewing everyone!