Once in awhile a sewing project comes along that gets the better of me.
It's usually a project that upon examining, I consider easy.
"Oh, I can knock this out in a couple of hours."
That's what I thought about New Look 6122.
The whole experience was almost a disaster, but in in the end, I saved the dress.
But sewing can be a humbling experience....
So where do I start explaining the many mistakes that were made?
First, I made the mistake of only buying two meters of this interesting cotton knit on my trip to Tokyo. It was only two dollars a yard, too! I should have bought at least three yards, considering how narrow it was.
New Look 6122 was supposed to be the maxi dress with the lovely draped neckline.
Once I cut out the first half of the maxi skirt I realized there was no way I was going to have enough fabric for the other side of the skirt. I would have to make the shorter version which this print didn't have in mind!
I also had failed to notice that the bodice was supposed to be cut on the bias. The pattern has a pretty, draped neckline. When I laid the piece down to cut it out, I realized I didn't have enough fabric to cut the neckline on the bias and would have to cut it on the straight grain. What was I thinking?
It's impossible to get a proper draped neckline on the straight grain as you can see below.
Once again, I had brazenly disregarded the directions on the pattern, thinking I could just wing it, and soldiering on ahead, as I usually do.
Was this a metaphor for my life?
I hadn't sunk to sewing depths this low for some time...
No amount of fussing would get this neckline to lie down flat.
I had to take the whole bodice apart and reshape it, creating a totally different style from what I wanted.
Yikes, this new bodice combined with this print gives me a bit of the dreaded mono boob look!
While I think this fabric would have looked fabulous as a maxi dress, I wasn't sure if it worked as a knee length dress.
To avoid looking too frumpy, which I worry more and more about lately, I hemmed the dress a couple of inches shorter than my knees.
But now I think I may like it better at the longer length.
I didn't think I like the dress very much, but yesterday I wore it to the beach with some flip flops and I think it makes a good casual sundress.
Just not the showstopping draped neckline maxi dress I was hoping for!