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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

McCalls 6801

It's been said before, and I'll say it again:  the downside of sewing your clothes is that you don't get to try something on until you've invested time and money in the making of it.  Maybe that's what leads me to be not terribly adventurous with my garments.  I do think I tend towards the basic.

Exhibit A:  McCalls 6801.  Look at those flattering gathers!  Extra oomph around the bust is always a good thing in my book.

Exhibit B:  huh?  How did that exuberant ruching become so unflattering??  And it's pulling a bit in the shoulders and back.  And the color I thought was so pretty makes me look ill.  And the silky hand of the fabric feels like cheap poly.  And Hubs agrees it's not my most flattering work.

 I wore it to church over a dress (still not blogged!?!) and it gave a cute skirt effect.  A little cardi hid the pulling shoulders.
Now, I don't want to be toooooo overly dramatic.  This is by no means the worst thing I've made, and I don't hate it... it's just that had I tried this on in a store, no way would I have chosen to bring it home.  I'll keep wearing it for awhile with this cardigan.  I like the greens together, and it goes with several skirts I have (one reason for picking this fabric).  But, I doubt this will still be in my closet in a year.

...internal monologue... I am getting some serious ombre-effect hair... time to fix that...


Summer Flies said...

I think it looks lovely. I love the neckline and the colour.

Corinna said...

I don't think the colour makes you look ill, it may be just a bit strong for you. I think it looks very cute with the card, good save!

Lois Evensen said...

I think it looks better than you allow yourself to think it does. :) Love it with the little shrug/sweater.

Trisha E said...

I think it's a pretty color on you! BUT I am a firm believer that you should feel great in what you wear. If you don't feel great in it, get rid of it. Don't feel bad--think of the enjoyment that you got from making it and learning some new techniques. Sewing doesn't just give us new clothing, it's a hobby that we enjoy doing and learning from. That's my two cents. :)

Tia Dia said...

Strolled over here via Stitchers Guild. I love the colour, but I understand about putting all that work in and realizing if you'd tried a RTW version on in a boutique, you wouldn't have gone down that street. How many times have I done that! Just count it as learning lessons.... :)