We attended a wedding this weekend, and I found myself in panic over what to wear. So I thought of sewing a new dress, I even bought a fabric for it, but gave up since I realized I was too tired (still recovering from the Zlata skirt sewalong, it dried out my energy) to push myself to make an advanced level dress (the dress should have had interesting details made of a see through tulle). When I'm tired and forcing myself to sew, it's like I'm waiting for a disaster to happen - the experience thought me it's better to stop than to make one mistake after another.
Since I decided not to sew, it occurred to me I could buy a dress, but none of the dresses I found were good enough - they were OK, but made me think I would make them myself much better. It also reminded me of why I almost completely stopped buying new clothes.
Since buying a dress was not an option, I was left thinking I had nothing to wear, since all the dresses I made in the past few years became too small as I've gained a lot of weight. And then I had an a-ha moment - there was a dress that fit me, suitable for the occasion, and that I haven't had a chance to wear yet.
While wearing the dress I noticed an issue with it - the pockets on the dress stand open, due to the stiff fabric the dress is made of (taffeta), making the dress not look quite flattering when looked from the side. Also, when I sit, the skirt rises up and all the fabric is gathered at the waist, making a huge bulk over my stomach - not pretty. I think the dress would fit me much better if the pockets were closed, so I'll try to alter it.
Other than that, the dress is really comfortable, and I actually like it.
The weather has been changing these days, with sunny and rainy periods swapping during the day, I needed a jacket to wear over the dress, and the Chanel coat seemed to be a perfect match. I only have these two pics to show you the whole outfit, but I think they're good enough.
- Two of my dresses featured in Sew News!
- The chevron dress
- A gray and yellow dress
- How to sew chevron
- A Chanel coat made back in 2009