I think the theme of this dress is “Why bother planning?”
I’ve had this rayon knit in my stash for a year, and for that whole time I knew I wanted to make it into a ruffled Comino Cap dress. I did that thing, though, where you like a fabric and therefore hoard it instead of sewing the damn thing up! (I think I have trouble trusting that there will be more fabric in my future that I will also love. Fabulous fabric always feels like a finite resource, and I’m constantly running out!)
But then, someone posted a similar style print on IG, and I found myself cutting out this dress ON A WEEKNIGHT! Friends, I never sew during the week!!!
- I cut the skirt, then realised I should have lengthened it.
- I suddenly decided I wanted this dress to be winter-friendly, and substituted the Maria Denmark oversized tee pattern instead for it’s longer kimono sleeves.
- Then I wished I have kept the Comino Cap high scoop neckline instead…
- … and I should have cut the bodice longer because I wanted it to blouse like the Comino Cap!
- And because the bodice was short, the ruffle I’d been planning would need to add length, and not just be decoration! Cue Big Honking Ruffle.
And yet somehow, when it was all done, the skirt was too long, so I had to trim 2″ off the top, and 1″ off the bottom…and also bring in the waist a total of 4″, because the elastic I put in the waist seam wasn’t tight enough. Taking in the waist eliminated any blousing in the bodice… and really, I ended with a very different dress than I intended when I started!
Which brings me back to my original thesis: Why bother planning? I mean, this is my kind of project. My favourite type of fabric, TNT patterns, a style I wear often. DId I have to make so many changes mid-process because I plan poorly, or because that’s the kind of impulsive sewist I am? I’m really not sure, but I’m not going to stress about it. In the end, I have a dress!
(I started trying to do jumping pictures, but stopped when I realised “Maybe that’s a step too far when you are taking pictures in a graveyard?)
Yup, these are graveyard pictures. I scoped a bunch of locations as I drove 45 minutes to my parents house, but every time I found some where scenic I realised a) I don’t know where I can legally park, and b) I think that’s trespassing. I’m envious of Brits who have the “Right to Ramble” which gives them the right to access at least some of the countryside around them…. I drive through beautiful rural areas at least 2 hours a day, and NONE of it is public access, so I can’t get pictures anywhere. Plus, the smaller the town, the smaller (or nonexistent) the parks are, so the big parks I use in the city don’t exist in the country. In the end, I gave up and went to a big old graveyard on the edge of my parent’s hometown.
(That’s a sign, not a grave right next to my car, I promise! There were no burials in this area.)
In my mind, this dress is a little bit 50’s, inspired by Heather and Naomi constantly looking fabulous on Instagram. But somehow on me, the vintage elements like cut-on sleeves, nipped in waist, full skirt and longer hem either look frumpy or modern. I guess I just don’t have the right accessories or hair to bring out a vintage look!
(Me, “hiding” behind a tiny tree branch. I don’t know why!)
The good news is, I’m sure I’ll wear this dress happily. How could I not? Turns out, it’s verrrry similar to a couple other rayon knit dresses I’ve made in the last year:
Do you make a lot of changes mid-process? Please tell me I’m not the only one who loves planning but ends up improvising!