I cannot believe I did this!! I had this beautiful purple Ponte fabric in my stash for a while and when I finally decide to use it, I freak'n don't like the outcome! I used a Burda Style downloadable pattern called the "122 Dress". When I first saw the photo of this dress on "Cozy Cotton", I knew I wanted to use my purple Ponte fabric for it.
...and because this pattern has such nice curved seaming, I thought the use of color block would be a great idea. So I used a scrap of contrasting Ponte in light tan color and picked the smallest curve to accommodate the amount of scrap fabric I had. I also, shortened the hem of the back so it wouldn't hang lower than the front. I do like the color scheme a lot and I love the way the dress
looks on Ms. Thing (my dressform). However, I HATE the way the dress looks on me!! Here is a photo of the dress on Ms. Thing...
I had HIGH hopes when I put it on Ms. Thing! Her body closely resembles mine perfectly except for the "middle aged" abdomen I'm currently working to remove on me!!! The dress is not complete...the sleeves and bottom need to be hemmed, it really, really looks good on her! Then the dreaded moment happend when I tried on the dress and Wha La, instant matronly style! Say it ain't so! I could not have ruined my fabric this horribly!!!! Here are the things I don't like about it:
1. The front neckline is much, much too low! Why don't the pattern companies get this! We've spoken about it on a cazillion times!
2. The back neckline is too big and I have "gaposis"! I should have know this because I always, always have to alter this with my knit patterns! That's what I get for not doing a muslin first!! I guess you can consider this a muslin!
3. The Ponte fabric I used for the contrast is different from the purple Ponte. It has much more stretch and I believe it is a rayon Ponte (which I like more) and the purple is more of a cotton/polyester combination with a minimal stretch.
Sadly, here is the dress on me....
Please, please disregard the "no make up face"! I had to tear my hubby away from the TV and the Seahawks / Packers game to take my photo, so I had to move quickly!!!
Since I have an absolute dislike for alterations, I decided to scrap the dress and salvage some of the fabric by keeping the bottom and creating a skirt! I only make alterations after a garment is completed if I ABSOLUTELY have to and I just don't feel that with this dress. However, I still really like the pattern, it's a great style and will make the necessary changes on the pattern pieces and try again later in the year. (after a little more exercise to get rid if that "middle age pouch" too!!) You'll probably see this dress again and I pray with better results!
On to the next project and there are a few for this long holiday weekend!
Thanks so much for stopping by and as always,