Monday, June 14, 2010

A successful failure?

This is my first posting after reading this blog for quite a while. Finally, I've appeared in a picture, wearing a piece of clothing that I have made!

I found a really super comfy dress at our local thrift store, and I had to have it, since it had these really great blue and green hues. It is so comfy, and fits well, so I thought I'd try to copy it. Here it is:


My local fabric store had this great purple linen blend on sale for $3.50/metre, so I thought, hey, I'm not losing much if it doesn't work out! So, off I went, tracing sections of the dress in my haphazard sort of way. The waist is empire-style, with an elastic waistband. The waistband looked pretty blah, so I thought it needed a nice sash to cover it, and to give the dress a little pop of colour. The front and back, where they meet at the shoulder, didn't really.... meet.all.that.well. So, I wrapped the shoulders in turqouise grosgrain ribbon, and sewed on a turquoise button, just for the fun of it. (I even put the buttons on with my sewing machine! Yay for figuring that out!)
So, here's the failure side of it all: I think it's a bit short, the front gapes in the chest area (good thing I had good coverage with the camisole underneath!), and overall, it makes me look pregnant!!! Whenever I tryo something on in front of a mirror, I tend to stand tall, suck in and smile. Stuff always looks good when you do that! But 10 minutes later, out in public, my gut relaxes and the posture slips, and the empire waisted dress turns into a quasi maternity dress.

.....but it's oh so comfy. What's the verdict, continue wearing it, or file it under "fail"?


11 comments:

  1. I think it looks cute. I love the color on you and the belt is gorgeous.

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  2. I agree, cute color and shape and I love the sash!

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  3. I like it , too. Can you turn it around and wear it backwards and not need the cami? B.

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  4. I've never tried it on backwards! It would be kind of a neat boatneck, but I'd still need the cami 'cuz I'm not going bra-less!!! Wearing it backwards wouldn't cure the maternity-ish-ness of it all though....
    I will try it on that way, just because you've got me wondering....

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  5. I'd turn it into a skirt with a sash...

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  7. I like it, its something i would wear. We are about the same shape....i like to call it "APPLE SHAPE". What i do is strip down naked, stand in front of the mirror, stretch my arms up as high has i can, suck EVERYTHING in so my tummy is reasonably flattish and my boobs are where...they used to be!!! then i go.........you know what! you look SO HOT!!!!
    YOU GORGEOUS BIT OF SUPERMODELNESSS!!Then i turn my back on the mirror and NEVER look back for the rest of the day. Just be wary of shop windows and incidental mirrors xx THis way EVERYTHING looks fabulous on us and our supermodel bodies will shine thru xx Kel

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  8. Great job! I love the colours!! I have to laugh at fluff's comments-love that!

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  9. I think it looks cute the way it is!

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  10. It will look spiffy over pants and a sweater - very trendy for the cooler weather.

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  11. I've just remembered, back when I was of childbearing age, I was asked if I was 'expecting' by someone who hadn't seen me for a while. It was a garment I never wore again!

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