In Which A Bit of an Enthusiast Meets The Dress That Must Not Be Named

It happened.  I was scared of the day when it would.  I was right to fear.

McCalls 6600 Shirt Dress in Liberty Fabrics

See what my face did there? Guess how this is going to go…

The dress that didn’t work:  you lovingly cut, pin, sew and all the rest and weeks later (never said I was quick at this sewing stuff) you find yourself throwing The Dress That Must Not Be Named in a corner and sulking every time it gives you the side-eye.  It knows.  The Dress knows you don’t like it because you poured effort and enjoyment and energy and money into it.  It knows it’s not at fault.  It knows that sometimes, a style doesn’t suit.  Could be fabric’s drape.  Could be the colour/patttern combination.  Could be personal style and body shape.  Could be all of those.  Probably.

McCalls 6600 Shirt Dress in Liberty fabrics

Just daydreaming here.  Don’t mind me, imagining other, better handmade garments.  YOU HAM.

 

Could be that when you showed your Husband the dress he says: “oh look!  It’s a Summer Sack!”.  Thanks Mr Enthusiast.  And then he saves the day by not only photographing the Nightmare Frock but-  BUT-  suggesting you put jeans on, tuck it in and see where this ship sails.

McCalls 6600 Shirt Dress in Liberty fabrics

Ooh now look here- bits I love!  See why I want to hack this into a shirt?

Stop the liner.  He’s a genius!  This dress you’re witnessing is, someday, going to make an EPIC shirt to wear with my high-waisted skinny jeans.  I’m going to grow my hair and pretend like I’m Stacey Sutton on m’ranch in an 80’s Bond film.  I’d put a picture in for you but all I can find are pics of her in silky jim-jams with a gun.  Great pj’s though.  And excellent hair.

McCalls 6600 Shirt Dress in Liberty fabrics

And the less said of this dress from here on in, the better!

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Details:

Pattern is the McCalls M6600 for my Six Pattern Challenge, but made to much better effect at Sew Dixie Lou if you’re looking for inspiration!  I used a Liberty voile with a tiny red leaf print which feels glorious but from afar looks pink!  The contrast is Liberty babycord.  

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5 thoughts on “In Which A Bit of an Enthusiast Meets The Dress That Must Not Be Named

  1. Okay, so it may seem like a train wreck at the moment, but once you get over your sulk about it and make it into a gorgeous shirt, think of all the positives….1) you will have a beautiful shirt because that back yoke and the front buttons and cuffs are all rather lovely. 2) you will have fabric left over from the skirt to make something else with, so not entirely wasted. 3) you learned a valuable lesson, perhaps, that you won’t repeat….just because you spend time and money on it, doesn’t mean it will look great on you in the end…sorry, fact of life but much harder to swallow when you have poured your soul into it 😦 4) no effort is entirely wasted because you have got plenty of practice sewing and making…and this will stand you in good stead for other projects down the track. I could continue but I will begin to bore you 🙂
    xxxx

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