Today’s our Hollywood Sewalong big reveal! My final project took some miserable twists and turns, but I tried to redeem myself. I’ll tell you all about it, but let’s start at the beginning.
The Hollywood Sewalong Challenge
Sew a garment inspired by the The Notebook. I wanted a vintage inspired that I can wear in real life.
I used Butterick 5846, the same as my last post in this series : Hollywood Sewalong Part II. So I know I can make this freakin’ dress! (I’m serious, go look at it because I need you to believe me.)
After hitting every fabric shop in town, I finally found the floral print Art Gallery voile shown above. I snuggled it all the way home…it’s so soft and just yummy. And when I say snuggled, I mean that I practically molested it.
The shoulder seam on Butterick 5846 sat too wide on my last dress. I used the wide or narrow shoulder adjustment tutorial found on Collette Patterns.
And you can see in my muslin above, this pattern has a weird bunchy area in the back; right above the pleats. So I wanted to sew the pleats all the way up, tapering them slightly at the top for ease.
The pleats worked out. All was good in the world.
The narrow shoulder adjustment seemed to work out fine too. The seams sat exactly where they should. Until I noticed:
Now; I’m gonna admit. I had a tiny scorch mark near the collar. I was willing to overlook that. But this pulling under the bust up to the armpit? I can’t do it. The pulling you see here happens when a person needs a square shoulder adjustment. It looks fine until you raise your arms; then all of a sudden it’s fat man in a little coat. At this point, I knew I’d never, ever wear this dress.
I never hemmed it or put the buttons on. It was cute while it lasted though, huh?
When you mess up a dress, Plan B is always going to be to chop it into a skirt. Always. So that’s what I did.
Lots of mixed feelings about this project.
Happy: I tried something new; I hate adjustments and that’s why I like kids clothes. I’m proud that the pleats worked out. I’m always terrified to change things up too much.
Insecure: Am I some sort of mutant? I thought it was weird that I needed a narrow shoulder adjustment in the first place. My shoulders are pretty broad. But who in the world needs a narrow shoulder adjustment and a square shoulder adjustment in the same dress? That’s not even a thing. #ShoulderIssues
Disappointed: Even though I like my skirt, it doesn’t feel very 1940’s. Without the pleated bodice, there’s nothing about it that reminds me of The Notebook at all. I failed the Sewalong challenge. If this was Project Runway, I’d definitely be going home this week.
Resolute: The sting of being defeated yet again by women’s garment is still real. But I’m not violently opposed to trying again. This was a learning experience, and I wanted to learn. I always come back for a re-match.
One Last Thought
When I first started sewing; I didn’t know I sucked. Now that I’ve found my way; I notice every tiny thing and it destroys me to make a mistake. Sewing has also ruined for me for ready to wear. If I won’t wear my own mistakes, I’m dang sure not going to pay someone else to wear poor workmanship or ill fit. So I’ve got to sew more wearable garments for me! Something’s gotta give- or I won’t have anything to wear pretty soon.
I hope you’ll check out the rest of the the Hollywood Sewalong with my friends! If you have
Hannah at Made With Hugs and Kisses
Courtney at Makesphere
Freya at The Dressmaking Diaries
Charlie at This Blog is Not for You
Nina at Inchworming
Jennie at The Jagged Rose