Ok, so I know we’ve all agreed that ablogogising is a bad thing. As such, I’m not going to exactly say I did a bad job here… But I am going to say – this dress does not love me. It’s a shame, because the fabric is lovely stuff – a soft, loose-woven wool from Dalston Mill, and the pattern is one I’ve generally had a lot of success with – New Look 6049.
So, please feel free to skip ahead if you don’t want the boring ‘here’s where I went wrong’ notes… Firstly, if you look at the pattern you’ll see it doesn’t have a pleat at the centre of the neckline. I’ve never had any issues with the neckline on the 3 other versions I’ve made of this pattern, but on this one it bagged out with excess each time I relaxed my shoulders forward. The pleat solves the problem and I don’t mind the curves it brings into the front of the armscye; in fact none of this is the ‘actual’ problem. The actual problem is that whilst I like looking at this dress hanging in my wardrobe, I don’t like it hanging on me. It makes me feel like a frump. And I think there’s two reasons – one, pattern placement. The third from top of the slimmer horizontal black lines seems to say ‘hello, I’m the waistline!’ but it’s too low for that. I’m 99% sure this will never occur to anyone else, but it bugs me like hell.
Second – I think the black and white check is too harsh for me. What do you reckon? I’m keen to try it with a different-coloured top underneath as I think that might fix this particular problemo, but, um, I’ve got to make some first… Good thing my Papercut Rise and Fall Turtleneck pattern arrived recently!
Anyways, rant over. Good bits: I do like my hair in these pictures. I actually used a mode other than ‘automatic’ on my camera and was pleased to find a suitably duo-chromatic background. AND hey – pattern-matching!
And in properly positive mode – I’m currently taking some pattern-drafting classes and am so excited to draft my own perfect shift-dress pattern! In spite of most other times wanting to highlight the ins and outs of my figure (it’s the curse of the curvy little people) I’m really drawn to the ’60s-shift silhouette and once I’ve boned up a bit more it’ll be the first thing on my ‘to draft’ list.
Bonus: it looks nice underneath my favourite coat! x