One of the things I have noticed since viewing other sewing blogs is that we are all capable of creating sewing disasters, it doesn’t matter how hard we try for some reason, things sometimes just don’t want to go right. Well, this dress is mine, this is the second attempt I have tried after seeing it on another blog (and I must say the lady who made it looked lovely in it). I bought the pattern Butterick 5676 some time ago and decided to use the fabric suggested, which is a Ponte, it has a gorgeous soft and smooth feel to it and a slight stretch. As the focus of the dress is the topstitching I initially wanted to use a dark colour so it would stand out but decided quite quickly that I didn’t like it, I then moved on to grey, green and brown and finally decided the safest option was to go with one that matched the material.
I found the whole process quite difficult, matching seams and topstitching but I was reasonably pleased with my handy work, until once again, for the second time, the neck completely failed me. On my first attempt I used the suggested facings including interfacing (4 thicknesses no less) and the neck gaped. So this time I decided to use only one thickness of fabric rather than two and used bias tape instead and there is still a gape around the neck edge.
On the plus side the sleeves went in very well, although I think they are too long to be three-quarter and too short for full length, I also think the dress on the whole is too tight. There we have it folks, my sewing disaster, this dress was not meant to be, for me anyway but I thought I would share the experience.