… and mostly fail. Katie makes it sound so easy!
This post is two things: a review of a recent make, and a what-not-to-do of indoor photos!
First, the dress. I wanted to sew my Jungle January dress, but couldn’t decide just what to make, so I grabbed this Cali Fabrics rayon print instead. I was feeling frisky and wanted to pattern hack, so I reprinted the Cashmerette Washington bodice and cut it out in a size larger and a cup size bigger. (You might remember that my first version of this dress was super-snug, which is not what I’m looking for in the post-holiday season!) I’m happy to report that part all went really well – I love PDF patterns for letting me easily mess around with pattern without worrying about wrecking my only copy! I raised the neckline, and extended the sleeves an inch.
I’m less pleased with the bottom half. I always pin examples of playing with stripe directionality, and I thought it would be fun to cut the skirt in a different direction to the bodice… but in the end, I think it’s just a bit messy. Not quite obvious enough to work, and not as harmonious as it would have been if everything went the same way. I first sewed on a Lady Skater skirt, slashed and spread to add a bit of gathering at centre front and back… but it looked so frumpy that I cut it right off. I trimmed it down to this, which is my trusty Comino Cap skirt… but I’m still not in love.
Here’s the thing: This is what counts as a boring dress for me. It desperately needs bright accessories to spice it up, and I prefer when a multicolour print does all the heavy lifting for me. (Thinking back to other monochromatic dresses, I thought they were boring too. Live and learn!) This dress closely resembles a Moneta to me, which is a pattern I’ve studiously avoided – blogger after blogger styles it with a belt, which to me means the original waist element isn’t that flattering. A belt removes the secret pyjamas aspect for me, and makes it fussy to wear. In these pics I’m wearing a loop of fold-over elastic, which is at least a comfy belt option!
What’s that? These pictures aren’t so bad? Let show you what not to do while taking pictures inside!
DO NOT USE FLASH. (Flash on the left, daylight on the right.)
DO NOT TURN ON AN OVERHEAD LIGHT. Even when it’s really dim in every room, on the only day you are home during daylight hours. (Left, daylight and overhead light in my bedroom, while I perch on my bed because it’s the only place with clear wall space. Right, daylight only.)
DO NOT SHOW WHAT YOUR HOME REALLY LOOKS LIKE. Find that one photogenic spot with nice light and less clutter, and stay there! (Left, this is actually the tided up version of the room where we dump everything for years because we have no storage. Right, hallway with cat tower, bad light, and golden brown wood from the 70’s.
DO NOT POST PICTURES WITHOUT CROPPING. DO NOT TAKE PICTURES WITHOUT MOVING JUNK OUT OF THE WAY FIRST. DO NOT STAND SO NEAR WALL THAT UGLY RADIATOR AND MISMATCHED FLOORING IS IN FOCUS. Do have fairy lights, a vintage sewing machine, and a Lego village with a version of yourself sewing. Do not have everything right behind you so you block it all or it looks like it’s growing out of you.
What’s really frustrating about these photos is that autofocus and autoexposure battled it out in the dim light, and almost every picture ended up being slightly blurry. I *just* prepped a post that other day about how awesome and accurate autofocus is (coming up soon), so it’s annoying that it struggled so much inside!
I will say, I decided not to edit any of these pictures very much (most not at all) because I wanted to show what actually came off the camera. The pictures that worked out don’t need any editing, to my eye, and the ones that are blurry/badly lit can’t be saved.
I’ll keep trying! Indoor pics, you are going to happen!
Commiserate with me, fellow photographers… and please, convince me the dress is not so bad?!