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Saturday, March 26, 2016

(Bad) Luck of the Irish

Last year, I had this nice green dress to refashion for St. Patrick's Day. It was an 80s, knit number with a cool button detail I was trying to salvage. I don't have a picture of the dress, but I do have this picture from the internet which pretty much explains the way I view a sewing machine.
LOL it's got a "cryhole." Ooh, and a flux capacitor. A bloomin' onion ha ha ha...but seriously, that cryhole was filled with my tears in March of last year due to the dress.
It was impervious to needles...It just wouldn't be sewn. I mean that literally, the material just wouldn't accept thread from the sewing machine. I messed with the settings, I changed the needle and I changed the thread. Each time I put it through the machine, the loopy seams were pulled right out with the tug of a thread.
Here's St. Patty's dress '16.
It's not like I had any drinking events to attend. It's just for work and for blogging about. Got it at Goodwill and it's a spandex-y material. Also, there was something wrong with it.
It was all messed up. Like, the seam was torn, but it looked like it was never sewn together properly to begin with. As I've learned through this hobby, even if it looks easy, everything is so damn difficult.
It looked worse in real life. Look at that mangled mash of thread and fabric. That fix will need to be fixed.
No on the seam ripper, I'm gonna need the scissors for this mess. Oh wait; but first, I used the seam ripper to get rid of the collar thing.
So as you see, I'm now left with a hole. I was in need of a good coverup.
The bib portion of that adorable but too-small-to-be-appropriate top. I've been meaning to take that thing apart.
Nope. The Pride and Prejudice style detail didn't work with the particular dress. Next, this:
That little knotted rope design looks practically Celtic. That's practically perfect.
JK, it wasn't. That's cool, removing those things meant that I just had some more stuff to add the scrap pile. (I kid. That's not cool. Waste of time!)
I'm sorry, I'm not wasting time on taking good pics of my materials. At some point during the week, there was a 50% off sale at a thrift store and I looked for a shirt to fill the void I needed. See that article of clothing up there? See what I see?
A beautiful, bejeweled patch! Now to work on the terrible fit! Even though it has a side zipper.
See how I cleverly I pointed it out for you? I did not work and the dress still seemed "off." Zipper be damned, I took it in on the sides anyway. It's a stretch material, no unzipping needed. Just in time for school, I finished and had this:
That's my curtsy pose. I added a thick belt by the way, cuz that's how I do. By the way, I did not get any compliments on this one! Yes, I do this for compliments. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Erica!
    I'll be damned... This is very good!! No compliments??? :D
    Kisses from Portugal!