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“I Made That!” Monday – A Second Unsuccessful Grace

Today I’m going to share one of my sewing fails with you all – part of creating this blog was to be honest about the not-so-great makes too after all!

I made my first Simple Sew Grace dress a while ago, and while it was too small to fit me (minor oversight) it turned out pretty good! I then attempted another one – one that would hopefully actually fit this time.

The Details
Pattern: Simple Sew’s Grace Dress (Beginner) – Version B with pleated knee-length skirt and no sleeves.
Fabric: Red check number that I picked up on sale in my local haberdashery. As it was so long ago I have no idea how much it cost, but it wasn’t a lot!
Notions: A zip
Edits: I removed the pockets – again. Mostly because I didn’t want to do the extra work when I probably won’t use them.


Check Grace 1.jpg
Initial completed Grace – minus hem. 

Comically this next version of my Grace was way too big. Can I ever get it right? At this point I lost my feel for the project, seam-ripped the bodice from the skirt and promptly abandoned ship. For a LONG TIME.

The other day I came across the separated two-piece in my fabric stash drawer and decided to try something with them once and for all, instead of them forever torturing me when I looked in there.

Grace skirts.png
Making it more my kind of length!

I sewed an easy elastic casing around the top of the skirt portion and turned it into a quick and dirty elastic skirt. It was naturally too long at first (nothing ever comes out just right, does it?) so I shortened it and hemmed it, and voila – a little pleated flippy skirt. Nice right?

Me in Grace Skirt.png
Hmm. I’m not so sure!

Well, kind of nice. I’m not actually sure about it on me now that I’ve tried it. Maybe it was just the top I wore at the time – I possibly need to work on styling it differently. I feel like it poofs out over my butt quite a lot (I know I have a sizeable booty but this seems like unnecessarily too much puffiness).

Check Grace 8.jpg
Unused bodice. What to do with you?

The bodice I have no clue what to do with. I considered hemming the bottom and back edges of it and add button closures at the back – to make a matching little crop top but I am unlikely (read: never) to ever actually wear a crop top, so is there much point?

All in all, I think this Grace is a write off. I’m disappointed, but to be honest, it’s been hanging around like a bad smell since August. That’s a long time. If I’ve not been motivated to do something with it since then I think it’s officially time to ditch it.

At least I can start on the next one now. Hopefully this one fits? I intend to watch a bunch more YouTube videos on fitting to make sure it does!

Hayley Margaret (1)

What have you tried that has turned out a bit of a disaster? Make me feel a bit better by sharing in the comments!





14 thoughts on ““I Made That!” Monday – A Second Unsuccessful Grace

  1. Dont get rid of the bodice-make it into a hotchpotch dress with a different print for the skirt.Spots n checks go well, or even leopard print(or even plain).Anyway it wasnt as bad as you think- i once made some trousers with the bum at the front haha, they looked extremely stupid.Keep on ! xx

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