(Hello! Can you spot Little Terror?)
I have been admiring vintage patterns for a long time and wanted to try sewing one. I saw this Vintage Butterick 4309 first in a giveaway and fell in love with the collars. So I scoured Ebay for one and luckily it was for a reasonable price. I was very excited to sew my first vintage pattern but I had a lot of issues with this dress! I started sewing this dress a month ago but it was only finished yesterday, :) During the first fitting before I hemmed and added the sleeves the overall look was so frumpy and maternity… and bad idea to cut the middle panel on bias!!! It really adds on pounds, sigh! And the red and grey plaid fabric, as I quote my seamstress friend, has a STRONG personality, so I guess the original A line pattern would work well if I used a more subtler fabric or a solid colour.
The BEFORE picture..frumpy…please excuse the picture quality as it’s from my camera phone, taken nearly during midnight! Yes, Little Terror (2 years 3 months old now) has decided that she will sleep around 10pm to 11pm now instead of her usual 9pm so it’s tougher to find time to sew recently.
Once I got to this stage, I was really discouraged to soldier on to finish the dress, I asked myself if I could do anything to jazz it up..I took in the sides to make it more fitted but it still looked bad..so just 2 weeks ago I decided that I will just leave it as a UFO and actually rolled this project up and placed it in the ‘recycle bin’. Yesterday, I still couldn’t forget about this failure so I picked it up again and just what the heck, finish it, will you??!! As Tim Gunn would say, ‘Just Make it Work!’
After I sewed on the sleeves and put it on, it looks much more wearable. Wear it Again? My husband actually said, ‘Hey, not too bad for a fabric that looks like a picnic mat’. Grrr….. But I would say the saving grace for the dress were the two covered buttons placed on the collars. I am thinking of wearing it to work..will I ever?
I did try to match plaids using Tasia’s Sewaholic.Net’s matching plaids tutorial but I only matched the black lines (it took me a looonnng time), and only realized later that the boxes are of different colours when I sewed up the sides, oh well!! Hey at least the plaids did match at the zipper (and invisible zipper wasn’t too bad too, just consoling myself here)
The fabric is ‘Tanaka Japanese Cotton’, 2 yards, bought on sale for RM6 per yard. This dress is
fully lined underlined with the grey collar fabric (RM7 per yard, about 2 yards), the pattern was USD$4.50 (incl. shipping from the U.S.) ..so total cost: USD13 or RM39. Money aside, was this dress worth all the grief and issues (haha) ?? :) What do you all think?