(Aargh!) *pulls hair out* <screams into pillow>
That was me when I was making this Lena dress…
It’s a pattern I got from Wear Lemonade a while back but never made. At the time the PDF patterns were €2.99 each so I just couldn’t resist!
So why the frustration? It’s my fault more than anything. It was the fabric I chose to use – a beautiful spun polyester drapey thing – which looked amazing but was awful to work with!
Firstly the print! I hadn’t realised how much of a repetitive pattern was going on – it looked like it would just be quite random when I bought it – so there was a failed attempt at pattern matching at the seams… It also moved like crazy when cutting and sewing. Pins hated going through it. Oh and the worse bit? It basically refused to press. I swear it was impervious to my iron!
Now normally that wouldn’t bother me too much. I expect some difficulties when working with fabric this slippery but Wear Lemonade and their style of sewing require a lot of pressing in order to make, well, any of it.
In a simpler fabric (a cotton lawn maybe) this dress would’ve come together easy peasy. It’s a lovely simply designed shirt dress with a dropped waist pleated skirt. It has a thin collar, breast pockets and in seam pockets in the skirt and uses French seams in the bodice. It’s generally quite cute and I loved the RTW version they had on sale with the eyelash print fabric. I kept the pattern pretty much the same (I cut myself a size 40) and took out another 3 cm at the waist seam to shorten it slightly.
As it is, it took me ages. Most of that time was spent pressing the darn thing! I finally got there after much effort and was it worth it? I dunno…
The problem with a lot of patterns I pick out is that I’ll love the line drawing and even how it’ll look on the model/ sample garment but would they always suit me and my figure? Probably not. It was the same with the Lexi dress I made from Named Clothing. I think I forget just how wide my hips really are and that I should never wear clothes which don’t cinch in at my waist!
It’s not terrible but it’s definitely not my favourite dress… Oh well. I’m planning to hack the the pattern into a playsuit anyway and maybe I’ll like that more!