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Vintage Dress Sewing Attempt

So I told you that I would have something awesome to show you for "Ta-da Tuesday"...  Well I lied.
This time my failure is not for lack of trying, in fact I tried really, REALLY hard.  I was going to make Simplicity 5706 which was printed in 1964.  *side note:  I seem to really favor Simplicity patterns over Butterick, McCalls, Vogue, and all the others.  Everytime I pick a pattern to make, it is Simplicity.*

I was using some pink linen, and since linen is expensive I was determined not to waste the fabric.  I mean I didn't expect it to fit me right, since I am deformed, but I wanted it to look good on a hanger.

I was a perfectionist and since I didn't have any marking pens that would work on this, I used (what I am pretty sure is called) tailor's tacks.  Basically you sew through the points you need to mark with a small piece of thread, then leave it in the fabric and play connect the dots with a straight edge (like a book, or for normal people, a ruler).  It worked pretty good :)

Everything was going great.  Well until I did my whole "Rachel Doesn't Think In 3D" thing and sewed the bodice onto the skirt backwards (see this sewing a sleeve on backwards failure).  I thought, well, I am making a sash, so maybe I could just have it go over the top of the seam.  Then I decided I wouldn't be lazy, and I ripped out all the seams, and started over.  My efforts were NOT rewarded.

Then came the sadness.  I was on the phone with Michael when it happened.  He was actually worried that I had hurt myself because my reaction was slightly over the top.  I had a hard time not breaking into tears.  Not only had I done a crap job at sewing the skirt and bodice together this time, but in another effort to do things the right way I ruined the whole thing.  Turns out that linen frays pretty bad (or at least cheap linen from Joann's) so I was going to trim the seam and encase it in bias tape so that it wouldn't fray.  But I was not paying enough attention and cut the bodice.  So now my dress is ruined and 5 hours of my life were wasted trying to sew this thing.  Oh well, live and learn.  Maybe next week I will have an actual TA-DA!

The dress that will never be...


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