In one night of sheer project-runway-i-got-nothing-to-wear-to-the-wedding-make-it-work adrenaline, I made this little number.
And I loved it. I really liked that I finally used up this pretty goldenrod silk twill that had been sitting in my stash since forever. I liked the black velvet belt. I liked the exposed zipper (sorry, no good shot of it). I liked how everyone complimented me on my dress. And, then, someone asked me if it was Lanvin for H&M.
When I got back to the hotel room, I googled the dress and suddenly I got very critical of my dress. All I could think of was how awesome the Lanvin for H&M dress looked. In contrast my ruffle looks way too small. Suddenly, I could see the twisting in my bodice that really could have benefited from the use of boning. I began to wish that I had chosen my proportions differently. Basically, it became one big sewing pity party.
Now, a few weeks later. I've mellowed out. I can still see all the things that need improvement and will definitely incorporate these things into my bag of tricks next time around. At the same time, I am warming up to the initial feelings I had about the dress. Has this over critical analysis of your sewing ever happened to you?
Pattern: Started w/ Burda Easy 2011 One-shoulder dress, made it more fitted and added the flounce.
Fabric: 2 yards of silk twill. Two yards of tan lining fabric from Fabric Mart.
Cost: $7/yard for silk. $0/yard for lining (free bundle). $1.70 for zipper. ~$16
Sewing: One shoulder dresses could use some boning for support. The back waist on the dress needs to be taken up an inch or so.