|Shockingly, despite it all the finished dress looks fine, with no hint of the massive PITA process.|
(cue, me banging my head slowly against my sewing table)
I do not know WHAT was going on with this fabric. I think it stretched. It certainly has a much looser softer weave than the lovely quality cotton I made Version 1 in.
The bodice just had all these horrible wierd wrinkles and puckers that for the life of me, with all the faffing about I do for fit, I could not get rid of. I removed and reattached the bodice to the skirt THREE TIMES. The third time was to do a sway back adjustment to remove wierd back wrinkles that I did not have for the first dress. I pressed and pressed and resewed the lining to the bodice TWICE. I attempted to put the zipper in TOO MANY TIMES TO COUNT. Including HANDBASTING it in TWICE. Each time one side of the zipper ended up 1/2" longer than the other side. Despite when I checked the bodice length it was the exact same to start with. Arrrrgggggghhhhhhh. Seriously. This quick and simple "lets make another easy dress to do the school run in" has had way way way too many hours invested in it - I could have made a couture masterpiece for the time it took me to just attach skirt to bodice and sew the zipper in.
|Some pictures I took during the agony of the (snort, snigger) "fitting process".|
The inside is nicely finished as I decided I may as well. Now I'm glad I took the trouble as of course the nice insides make it feel nice to wear. It will work ok for its intended purpose (casual/house/day dress) but the lesson learnt from this experience is it pays to work with decent quality fabric. This was $3.99 cotton lawn or something from Spotlight and I don't think it is intended as "outer" layer fabric. Its actually fine for cotton lining, which is why I have it and I have used it successfully for lining a number of dresses. But blueggghhhh. Phooey to you, crappy fabric.
And now it is doing my head in even more by looking absolutely fine in the photos. Honestly. (cue more head banging).
|You can see the bodice wrinkles/puckering in this shot.|
|The zipper pulls a bit but not as much as I was expecting.|
|Dodgy zipper - see puckers on right side and dodgy job around the waistband? Blleeuggghh. Looks fine from a distance (hoping).|
Other details: lapped zipper, fully lined with a pale green batiste that I use for nearly everything as I have heaps of it. The seams are either pinked or serged. The total cost for this dress is probably less than $10.
Other lesson learnt: I am really doggedly stubborn and a total perfectionist when it comes to sewing. Not so much with other aspects of my life, but there is something about sewing that brings out that aspect of my personality. Anyone else have this problem? I guess its not a huge problem, except for the massive time suck it creates putting work into a project that probably is really not worth the effort. Mmmmm. Hours spent on this project: too many to count. Many many hours.