Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In Which I Learn from Failure

Not all fails are epic, sometimes they are moderate and land in-between I could talk myself into it and NO.
I have a lot, I mean a lot of vintage patterns,  20's, 30's, 40's and so on and I LOVE to actually make them up. Sometimes they sew up like a dream, I love the little design quirks, clever seams, cunning folds, little tucks. They may require carefully taping the fragile directions  and copying them, usually crumbling into scraps as I handle the paper. The patterns are generally in good shape, I use them as is or transfer them onto something a bit sturdier if I need to enlarge them. I'm not such a purist that I won't use the original.
I have had this pattern in my stash for years and wanted a quick, cute and satisfying project as a palate cleanser.
The bow details! The gathered hemline! The shoulder pads!
It was fun to sew and should have come out to better effect, but the fabric was not really rayon and didn't have enough drape. The thing came out rather boxy. And no one wants that, especially if you are gifted in the bustular area.
The ties are just scraps of fabric, once I saw how this was going I didn't bother.

Cute neck detail, and who doesn't like a novelty print?

I am a sucker for a novelty print, I thought this was rayon when I bought it. It washed up very soft, I thought it would have enough drape.
Hem detail
I think this may require a do-over in a softer fabric. It looks much better on the dress form than on me. I did try and take a selfie (and even put on lipstick) but my arms are not long enough and you couldn't see any detail. The skirt which is already made will have to remain an orphan and be worn with a sweater.

Now I have to get going on a J.P. Ryan pattern, which I have never attempted but am told make up beautifully.
That would be view  "A"
Wish me luck!
Ever Your Thimble Servant,
Miss Brilliantine


  1. Cute pattern. Cute fabric. Darn.
    Yea, the JP Ryan pattern is a dream.

  2. Too bad, that is really cute fabric!

  3. I know, and real rayon is so hard to find now. I should have guessed from the skirt. But I think I will try the pattern again.