|M1262 from MyImage A/W 2012-13|
What went wrong?
|The dress, sort of :(|
a. Pattern Flaws
|Facings that won't stay put -- and in this shot they're pinned!|
|Back of dress: probably the least problematic part!|
b. Sewing Problems
This is one of those "pride before the fall" things. I was so proud of how I was doing with my overlocker, but I found this really difficult. The main problem was that this was not such a simple pattern. I set up the overlocker to sew the initial seams -- so two layers of the fabric -- and was really successful with that. However, as soon as I started to sew through the extra layers of the pleats in the bodice, I came unstuck and had difficult getting it to stitch without either (a) breaking the needle threads or (b) "pulling" so that when you wear the garment, the stitches become visible on the right side of the garment. This became noticeable when I sewed the shoulder seams connecting the facing, pleats and bodice parts. However, the absolute worst seam was the front waist seam, where I was connecting the front bodice with the skirt. At one point I broke both needles in a single stitch, and I still have no idea how or why. I also, somehow, screwed up sewing the back and front in such a ways that not one of my hems matched, even though they should have. To make the even, the skirt was going to end up way shorter than I expected or like.
These problems caused me to get so frustrated that I started trying to ram the fabric through the overlocker, and...
|Oh noes! A hole D:|
... I managed to accidentally catch part of the skirt in the front waist seam D:. Since I was overlocking, I cut a huge hole in the fabric in the process. The piece I caught was a few cm into the upper part of the centre front panel of the skirt. I only had 2m of this fabric so I really didn't have enough fabric to recut that whole piece, and I ended up doing the most insane thing ever, and cutting a semi-circle and replacing it. I did this on the theory that the front is already seamed and it made more sense to me than any of the other alternatives that I came up with. At this point, I'd experienced enough problems with the dress that I'd already decided that at best, it was going to be a lying-around-the-house dress, so I wasn't too worried about the design, although this was really the point where I started to think that this dress was a wadder. Also by this point, I'd started to ask myself:
d. Was this ever going to look good on me?
|The 'hole fix' -- also visible, the "pulled" seam stitching|
|Dress, as modelled by me -- observe the neckline problem|
I also have some fabric issues. This was a heavy weight cotton blend fabric. I wore it for about 4 hours after I made it even with the crazy wonky hems, because I wanted to get a sense of what it was like to wear and whether the facings would behave (answer: no). The fabric was so heavy and didn't breathe as well as I expected, so I spent most of the day feeling hot in the long sleeves, and cold where the neckline gapes open. It would definitely be a depths-of-winter dress only.
There are so many problems with the dress that I could fix -- I could resew some of the seams that have "pulled" or have little problems, hem the sleeves and try to do SOMETHING with the facings to get them to lie flat. For the moment though, I am kind of burned out on this dress, so I've decided to leave it, and the pattern it started from, alone for a while and move on to something else. I do think it could still be rescued, but I am not in the right frame of mind to think about it for now. I am bummed that it went so badly, I have to admit, because I loved the idea of the dress and I really dislike the waste involved when I made a muslin and then a wadder -- I've easily spent £20 making this dress and yet I do not have a dress to show for that money or the time and effort. :(
A couple of positives
On the plus side? I know a little more about MyImage patterns. I know a little more about my overlocker and how to sew. I was reminded all over again that no, really, don't sew when you're tired. Don't sew when you're frustrated. Better to stop when you want to throw it out the window than keep going and ruin something you've spent money on. If only I could actually just LEARN from those mistakes, instead of making them over and over...!