Thursday, January 19, 2017

The time I made an embarrassing dress

I'm sure you've heard of this saying: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Well I have but I ignored it. After sewing my successful Ikea curtain sailor top, I thought to myself, why not make the sailor top into a dress, something I could wear at home - a house dress.

I went through my fabric stash and although I have a lot of fabric, most of it did not have the required length to make a dress. When I used to buy fabric to make bags, I usually buy 1 meter's worth. Finally I found this green polka dot fabric which I used for the lining of my bags. I had two meter's worth. Perfect.

I used size M this time and didn't make any alterations to the pattern except to lengthen it. Yep, just one straight line down. Clearly I wasn't thinking straight.

Finally, I finished sewing the whole dress and I even added two patch pockets. I was so proud of myself.  I tried it on and presented myself to my family.

The verdict was unanimous. Everyone said it was awful. Everyone agreed I shouldn't wear it out. It was the colour. It was the fabric. It was the shapelessness. It was everything. Hubs said it was too embarrassing to show anyone.

Really? I went to take a look at myself in the mirror and sadly I agree. I guess I was too close to the project to realise it just doesn't work. As a top, yes. As a dress - nooooooooooo.

Today I finally dragged hubs and myself downstairs to take photos of the dress. And of course I had to wear it. Hubs wanted to do it by the bonsai trees but I wanted somewhere more secluded. So we went to the physical fitness area.

There was a cat lazing under a bench and we decided to include the cat in the photo shoot. The cat was very uninterested in us.

I tried to get its attention.

It got bored by me.

I decided to take a look at the photos hubs had taken.

Most of the photos weren't very good. Too stiff.

Then I heard hubs calling to the cat. Meow, meow, meow. Why was he trying to get the cat's attention?

Oh, he was taking photos of me and the cat. Just then, hubs saw the cat get up and walk towards me. He said nothing.

Suddenly I felt a weird velvety softness snaking past my legs. I had such a fright! I screamed and screamed.

Oh it was the cat!

I started laughing with relief.

For a moment, I thought a ghost or something had slithered past me.


Ely said...

Oh my gosh, that kind of straight line dress is totally fashionable here (in NYC), I have dresses like that in my closet, and it's a cut that I see in my Japanese sewing books... maybe it's my screen, but the green seems to compliment your skin tone nicely. I say, rock the dress and if you aren't confident about the color, dye it!! I don't see anything embarrassing.

Cathy said...

There is absolutely nothing wrong with that dress!! Women wear dresses all the time that look like that here in the United States....I'm in the San Francisco area.

The color is good and you look cute in it. You should wear it....and make a few more in other colors!! I bet it's comfortable!!

It is NOT an embarrassing mistake!!

Projects By Jane said...

Hi Ely, thanks! Perhaps it's because I rarely wear dresses. Seeing all that same-same colour with nothing to break it is the problem.

Projects By Jane said...

Hi Cathy, thank you! Over here, women esp older women do wear such dresses except theirs look like pajamas. The clothes I buy are usually dark colours like black, grey and blue. For light colours, it's light grey and white. I know, not very interesting. This is the first time I wear green polka dot. Must be quite a shock for the family.

Christel said...

Hi Jane. I think your dress don't exactly look like pajamas, at least not on your blog. You are so cute in your candid shots with the cat though :P

Projects By Jane said...

Hi Christel, hubs was laughing his head off because he anticipated my reaction when he saw the cat heading towards me.

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