so we started with this:
i think we can all agree on “meh” as the operative term here. and it didn’t fit. or look flattering. i soon began scheming.
the spring 2012 issue of sew stylish featured an intriguing redesign (by our own gretchen hirsch of blog fame) of the sewstylish simplicity 1920 pattern to give it a lot of personality and oomph. and i already had a skirt waiting to be put to just such a use.
i’m not saying we’re completely away from “meh” – the neckline, despite careful attention, does seem to have stretched a bit, and i think the skirt wants to be a lot shorter than it is, but i think we can agree there’s a vast improvement and a wearable, fun garment, yes?
i ended up not taking enough ease out of the bodice, and that is what will always keep this garment from its deserved status as sewing awesomesauce. i’m actually thrilled with the sheer tulle yoke and the yellow binding. i also like the way i ended up constructing it, which was using an elastic waistband to preserve the gathers from the original V1229 skirt and still give me a pull-over dress.
and i love my belt, which is a trusty, much-used TNT from simplicity 2212. i was able to make the entire thing out of scraps of liberty of lawn “phoebe”, my first liberty
purchase splurge, and to this day still one of my favorite prints.
so what do we think? success or failure?
and let’s not forget that yellow, however not awesome it tends to look on me (you thought i overlooked that, didn’t you?) never fails to be cheerful on a day when your wardrobe is the only thing you have to be cheerful about. sometimes, a yellow dress is all it takes the to take the day from sobs to smiles.