Vintage Sewing

Dud, dud, dud.

March 7, 2010

Arachnophobes, read no further, because this post (and this frock) is covered in spiders:


It’s a complete dud. Cute 1970s pattern, so I thought:


but the result looks like Polygamist Compound attire. Bill, I’m just popping back to Juniper Creek to conspire against you with my demonic false prophet father, mmmkay?


Ughh. If any Sew Retro readers want to salvage it, I’ll gladly post it anywhere in the world (you pay postage) just to be rid of it, otherwise it goes straight to the op shop.

I’ve been posting here for a few years and, despite this complete failure, my mad sewing skillz have improved a lot. I’ve just started a patternmaking course and I’m blogging the results at Make It Til You Fake It, including more details of this disaster… come check it out, it’s like a train wreck, you just can’t tear yourself away!

  1. I think it would look fine if you opened up the neck a bit. Of course the way it's seamed that might be too much of a PITA.

  2. I think it would look just fine with a lower neckline and shorter sleeves, and maybe a fun wide white belt. I think that's what's making it look a bit too severe and conservative.

  3. I agree. My first instinct would be to drop that neckline a whole lot lower. And accessorise… Maybe you shouldn't write it off quite so quickly because the fabric is great fun.

  4. I'm sorry you're not happy with the dress/pattern.. I think the pattern is cute and that in a different fabric, the result would be different. I understand that if you are unhappy, it's easy to lose the pattern. But really the pattern is nice!

  5. I can see it being really cute if you shortened the sleeves, added some buttons in the front like at least 1" in maybe a tomato orange/red and then added a matching belt to it?? Maybe some matching tomato piping on the sleeves after shortening?

  6. I just want to say how much I enjoy the humor in your post! I agree with most of the previous comments. No wife with a number by her name would show cleavage! But then buttons and belt may be all that's needed to give the dress a bit more flair.

  7. I agree about a belt…they even are wearing them on the pattern envelope! You could also always throw some trim on it.

  8. i quite like it as it is, but agree that there needs some accessorizing to be done.

    The fabric is really cute close up but you do lose some of that detail at a distance and the queen anne neck would ook much better dropped about 2 inches, especially with the decent bust you have to show off.

    Did you actually try and fix this or did it go?

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