It's not often I post my failed makes on here. Usually because I don't wear them and find them a new home but I can't seem to let go of this dress.
I bought this fabric whilst in Canada, and couldn't work out what to do with it. Then I bought the Colette Hawthorn pattern and knew these two were meant to be together. All I needed was a lining, so I picked up some grey poplin from work and got to work.
The dress was a dream to sew up. Even although the eyelet fabric was a bit awkward. I thought the grey underneath looked good and made the eyelet stand out well. Once I was all sewn up and ready to put buttons on, I popped the dress on to find that it didn't fit. Now I've never had a problem in fitting Colette patterns and I was stumped. I took it off, measured myself and measured the dress and found that the dress measurements were bigger than me, as I expected. I put it on again. And quickly realised what went wrong.
The waist doesn't hit my natural waist, but rather a few inches lower. This means that the sizing is out of proportion on me. I was gutted. I know that if I make it again, I'll need to raise the waist line which isn't a problem (and I can't wait to make another version!). What I can't work out is why it's low? I'm both long legged and long bodied and usually have the opposite problem where the waist hits higher, so this is new to me.
So, sewing friends. I need you help me out on this one question. Do I keep the dress and hope I loose some more weight (after all I haven't exercised in over 3 weeks thanks to my surgery recovery time) or do I finish it and find a new home?