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