- I had an extra week of vacation around the end of 2017, during which I had planned to get a ton of sewing projects done. I got a lot of stuff done, but it wasn't sewing. Time was running out and I decided I needed to produce something.
- I have a lot of fabric. Basically, I have a problem, an illness, a disorder. I look through patterns and fabrics and get Big Plans, I buy the patterns and the fabric, but then I start to have doubts. Will I really look good in that? Will I have time to adjust the fit on that? Will I even know how? Etc. Etc. Etc. I lose my nerve to cut the fabric and it goes in my stash. So I decided lick this problem. I made a promise to abstain and buy nothing more until I have used and gotten rid of what I have. I am going to cut; I am going to make; I don't care. I have fallen off the wagon a few times but generally I have been restrained. At any rate, one thing I bought a couple of years ago was several pieces of fabric from a friend who was going out of business. I made McCall's 6355 out of the green and white poly jersey below. The four remaining prints of similar poly jersey are below.
- I had made this pattern before, tweaked the fit, and worn the dress I'd made a lot because it's okay looking and very comfortable.
- Cut a size 10 which I graded to a 14 at the hips.
- Did an FBA adding about 1.5 " as I recall.
- Lowered the bust dart.
- Put in a back center seam so I could make a swayback adjustment. The pattern said I could do that and still cut the back on the fold, but that didn't make sense to me. I'm sure they're right, but I wanted to play it safe.
Meh. My true upper bust measurement says I should be starting with an 8. I never trust that but looking at these pictures makes me think the shoulders are still too big. I don't think I look so good in all this print. The black and white is okay maybe. I love the prints, especially the blue and black, but I think it just makes me look frumpy and fat. Maybe I AM frumpy and fat and it's not the dress. I said aloud that the last one, the pink and white (more red and white) looks like a nightgown, and my son, who was in the room, said "yes, it does."
Well, maybe I should not have cut into these fabrics! I should have waited until I had a pattern with a little more structural detail! Nah, I am making progress on my goal to reduce my stash.