any other anime fans out there? i ask because i’m pretty sure i was sunk the moment i saw the name of this fabric (never mind the pattern), and i’m wondering if you’ll get the reference.
so anyway, i had this gorgeous fabric and in my head i was already calling it “the goddess of love and beauty” dress and trying to find a really fun anime still for inspiration. before i had gotten that far, i found this pattern.
in fact, i may even have had it in the stash already because THAT SKIRT. awesome. great tiki/bombshell thing going on, and a bow. and that side drape is just fabulous. i didn’t love the halter top, but that seemed easy enough to fix.
substitute top #1:
bias-cut late 50s cowl. perfect, right?
because it was on the bias and had some ease, there was no need for a zipper, which made it harder to match my plans for mccall 6822, which i wanted to be a dress, even though (technically) it is separates. and that ease? way, way too much. i kept taking it in, forming a CB seam, got a cute white waistband around it, and decided it looked too fancy for what i was going for.
substitute top #2:
seems like a plausible alternative. i’d finally perfect the fit of the blouse, there’s plenty of room for the back bow in this already bow-friendly design, it would be cute but not too cute, professional but not too professional, a great all around.
until i finished the construction. great fit on the blouse:
but wait, what is going on in the back? i don’t understand…
nope, that’s not (just) a crappy picture you’re looking at. the entire thing is off-center. somehow, during the attachment of the waistband, the entire garment shifted to the side. of course, i noticed this immediately but soldiered through the remaining construction stiffly (and a bit half-heartedly) to see if it would matter.
i think it did, don’t you?
excuse me, i’m just going to go rip the pieces back apart and cry quietly in my corner right now.
i’m hoping that if i take a deep breath, let the pieces sit for a while, and re-try it next spring, i’ll get what i was going for. but in the interim…