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Not all are created equal

2012 September 17
by elizabeth_admin

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!

22 Responses leave one →
  1. September 17, 2012

    I saw your post on the sewing community about this dress. I don’t think it looks that bad? It’s something that only a sewist would notice, I think.

  2. September 17, 2012

    A non-sewer wouldn’t notice the side seam. I think it looks great and i love the sleeves. Now that i’m sewing i notice all of the flaws in my store-bought clothes (ex. bust darts that don’t end in the right spot, ahhhhh! i had never noticed before!)

  3. September 17, 2012

    I love your dress. I am sewer, and I see nothing wrong with your side seams. Where is the rule that border prints have to align perfectly. This is not a plaid or stripe, it is a visual garden. Very nice dress.

  4. Lisa P permalink
    September 17, 2012

    I think you are being way too hard on yourself. I think the fabric is gorgeous and so is the final dress. Only a sewer would notice and TBH I have seen much much worse in RTW ( and not cheap RTW either !! )

  5. Mel permalink
    September 17, 2012

    Love the dress!

    The pleats are un-noticeable, so no fretting about them!
    The side seam? RTW looks just like that!

    That being said… about a grosgrain ribbon down that seam, and put decorative buttons on top of that. Or some sort of decorative stitching. Something so it looks like it was planned that way.

    How about moving the belt over so it hangs down over that side seam?
    Necessity begets creativity! 🙂

  6. September 17, 2012

    I think it looks great! No one will notice. Lots of RTW dresses don’t match at the side seams. I love how it works with the teal cami underneath. Glad you rescued it from the corner.

  7. September 17, 2012

    Ooh, gorgeous fabric. No one will notice the side seam or the pleats except you! Wear if and enjoy.

  8. September 17, 2012

    That dress is dayum stunning! No one and I mean NO ONE will notice the side seam! It looks like a continuation of the print so I agree with my fellow posters and say, “Great job on the dress!” You definitely need more of these in your wardrobe!

  9. September 17, 2012

    I think the dress looks great! I know that sometimes when we make something all we see are the problems, but I don’t think the side seam is a problem at all. It isn’t visually jaring or sloppy looking, and honestly I don’t think anyone is going to notice it as being “wrong.” It looks like a nice happy print and I think it will be great for wearing around in San Diego.

  10. Julie permalink
    September 17, 2012

    I am a sewer and I see nothing wrong with this dress. Wear it bravely!

  11. Sue K permalink
    September 17, 2012

    I think this is terrific. The horizontal lines that are parallel to the hem match, that’s all anyone will see. i bet you get compliments every time you wear this, it’s fun and flattering.

  12. September 17, 2012

    I love it! It looks fantastic and really expensive. The horizontal border is lovely so in short I agree with everyone else. That sort of print could not be matched at the side seams due to it’s asymmetrical nature.. and that is what makes this special for me. I love asymmetrical prints. It looks fabulous and I wish you didn’t blot out your head! No make up and bad hair.. that sounds like me normally! Besides lets face it you got yourself on the net with a swimsuit so what’s bad hair!

  13. September 18, 2012

    I think you are being way too self critical here! The panel print looks stunning and I am sure that no RTW dresses would match their large scale panel prints at the side seams. No one will notice anything other than the fact that this is a gorgeous dress.

  14. Branka permalink
    September 18, 2012

    The dress is gorgeous, despite the side seam. I sew as well and like most before me commented no one will ever notice the mistake.. you are being too hard on yourself. Besides, we learn by making mistakes, don’t we? Wear your beautiful dress and enjoy it, I bet you’ll get an unsolicitation the first time you wear this beauty!

  15. Judi permalink
    September 18, 2012

    OMG!!! If you look at the picture of the front and the picture of the back…the print itself is assymetrical, therefore the side seam looks like it’s suppose to be that way…designers choice…and it fits right in. It’s a stunning dress…wear it with pride!!!

  16. Chuck permalink
    September 18, 2012

    Sun and sewing is really working for you. Your dresses are fabulous and you look great. Regards, CP

  17. September 18, 2012

    It’s GORGEOUS just the way it is!
    So WHAT that the seams don’t match.
    I agree with Judi: wear it with pride!

  18. September 18, 2012

    I couldn’t agree more with the other comments. Its lovely …..

  19. September 18, 2012

    No one is going to notice that side panel or the shoulder pleats. The print is so gorgeous and you utilized it so well. I especially like the use of the print bands on the sleeves

  20. September 18, 2012

    Great dress! The pattern placement is great front and back, and i really doubt anyone will look at the ss’s. I’d wear it!

  21. September 29, 2012

    I love border prints – very nicely done.

  22. Meredith permalink
    September 30, 2012

    I love the black dress with the floral print and the gathers on the purple “japanese” fabric look fantastic!

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