This week I have been plugging away on two distinct projects. One is going to turn out well and the other may well be destined for the trash can.
On Saturday, after making a successful muslin of Simplicity 2363 , I cut my fabric. A pink cotton chambray and a precious 1/2 yard of Liberty of London fabric . The reviews of this dress have been pretty abysmal, but after seeing this dress by GenesisWinter I had hope that it could be made into a cute outfit. I was envisioning a more defined bib dress with shirring at the waist to add definition.
Let’s just say that the dress didn’t turn out like I was envisioning it. I’m not destined to become a clothing designer. Aside for the distinct mumu-like shape, the coloring is just awful. I’m not sure that it can be saved.
Nothing gives an example quite like a picture– but I must admit that these pictures are a bit embarrassing. How could I have gone so wrong with the fabric selection? I’m a bit heartbroken that I wasted my first bit of Liberty of London fabric.
I thought that it looked better close-up. So as I was sewing it, I (unfortunately) was only looking at it within a close range. Once I put it on (above) it was a different story. But for the record, here is the close-up shot.
Even though it looks like a mumu now, the shape does have potential. As pictured, I have taken out about 1″ on either side of the dress. However, the seams lend themselves to additional fittings- I have 6 “fitting opportunities” around the dress. I have decided that I hate the gathering in the front and back panels too. It makes two pouches in all of the wrong places. I could take out the excess ease here- and use shirring to add definition.
Now onto the color. I have extra of the pink chambray cotton fabric, so I could easily cut out the bodice again. My question is- is it even worth it? Is the dress worth saving? I’ve had a friend say that it might be the wrong color for my skin tone. Would it be worth trying to use RIT dye to change the color to a deep raspberry/violet? And has anyone even used RIT dye successfully before? (How did you do it?)
The second issue is what to do with the Liberty of London fabric. I carefully have ripped out the seams of the dress, and therefore have preserved the bit of fabric that I have. However, it’s cut in the shape of the Simplicity 2363 bodice. If I could adapt the pattern to a more-fitted, princess seamed top, would it be worth buying more Liberty of London fabric to make a fall top? This is the shape that I was picturing.
Thanks for all of your advice!
I hope to have my second project finished tomorrow morning. I’ll post my process later this weekend.