Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I didn't do an official pattern review because this is like my 6th iteration of this pattern, changed again but still with the same bones.
Fabric Used: Charcoal gray/light yellow windowpane RPL. Originally bought about 3 years ago from Jomar, meant to be pants and a jacket. Now a dress, and soon a matching jacket.
I also cut the dress a good bit shorter than usual and added a bias band at the bottom. I really like the band - it wasn't intended to draw the dress in a bit, as it does, but I decided that I liked the effect after seeing it on. Besides, for a 2 piece unlined dress, this was giving me way more difficulty than it should have and I wasn't removing ANYTHING else.
After that, the dress was essentially done, but I kept fiddling with it. I had these roses from Pacific Trim in both charcoal gray and light yellow, and I wanted to use them somehow. I tried grouping them at the neckline in various ways, but couldn't find an arrangement that I liked. The yellow didn't make the cut at all - they were way too "old lady corsage" looking. Then I got the bright idea that I would do something all cool and designer-y and MAKE cap sleeves for the dress OUT OF THE ROSES. Thankfully I just pinned them on because when I tried the dress on that way, I looked like a halfback who'd had a collision with the FTD deliveryman.
I ended up with three gray roses at the neckline. I thought that added interest without making it too fluffy, and then of course I had to bead centers in the roses with yellow beads, just so they weren't QUITE so plain.
Nothing succeeds like excess, right?