I sewed a Simplicity pattern – the first I’ve sewn in years, because they are no longer available in Canada. I got the pattern at the PR Weekend swap, and I should love it… but I’m feeling very “meh” about it!
The good part is the fabric – another Micheal Levine ITY print that Anne brought back for me while she was on a business trip. The shipping is crazy to Canada (see my last post, which btw, you all had AMAZING comments on!) I’ve used a few other Micheal Levine prints lately – the polka dot gradient that I know a few people have bought since, the fabric for my maxi Jalie birthday dress and a Santa Fe tank is beautiful but not on the blog! (On sale here, here and here – and boy I wish this was sponsored but it’s not!)
The bad part is the dang bodice. RAWR! It didn’t help that I accidentally followed the construction method for the version with sleeves, and got pretty far along before realising that the exactly opposite order was needed for the sleeveless version. I figured it out, and that was user error, but annoying nonetheless.
Here’s how the bodice came out as drafted:
Friends, that is my BRA we are seeing, not the tank I wore in later pictures! What??? I can accept the neckline peepshow, but not the almost 2″ of bra showing under the arm. No plunge bra or skimpy style is going to make that work!
In the end, I unpicked where the cups attach to the yoke, and unruched it all, pulling it as high as possible up the yoke. It’s now wearable… but ugh I hate having to wear a camisole underneath! It’ totally negates the point of a free and easy summer sundress. I might just give up and sew a modesty panel in the v-neckline, and see if that helps me actually want to wear this.
One last complaint: I sized down the measurements, and still had to take 4″ out of the bodice width. It is designed for knits, and designed to be close fitting, so what’s with that? I will say that I just sewed another Burda design, and was happy that once again the recommended size fits nicely. I guess I’m a Burda girl!
Enough moaning! I think the back is so pretty, and the skirt gathers at centre front and back and a nice detail. If nothing else, there is plenty of fabric in the skirt that could be refashioned into a tunic or tee if this doesn’t get worn!
Sorry this is a rather whiney blog post… I don’t hate the dress, but I also don’t love it! I’ve been avoiding blogging about it for a month, so i figured it was high time to just say something and move on. I don’t like having big projects go unrecorded!