I'm really not sure what went wrong. Maybe it's because I started this dress back in May, and finished 2 days ago. Maybe I made the wrong size. What I am pretty sure of is that I picked the wrong fabric.
See what I mean? I think the fabric on it's own isn't bad, but it is not very flattering on me. This is the Emery Dress by Christine Haynes. It's a lovely design and lovely pattern, but unfortunately, it may not be for me. Although, I did make another version a few months ago, and I don't remember it being this unflattering. I think it must be the plaid causing some kind of weird optical illusion or something.
It actually looks better in the photos, than it does in the mirror. The fit isn't spot on, but it's not too bad. I think if I do attempt this pattern again I'll make it in one size up. This size fits okay (I think), but it's a little tight across the boobs. Perhaps I've been eating a few too much pizza and chocolate. (Mmmmmm...chocolate...) I'm still learning, and I'm not really sure at how to identify my fitting issues, so if you have any ideas or advice for me, I would love to hear (read) it.
The collar isn't perfect either. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but something isn't right with it. Is it maybe on backwards? I also didn't bother with pattern matching. Why? I'm not sure, probably because I don't play by anyone else's rules. Ya - let's go with that.
This fabric came from somewhere in London (I can't remember exactly where), and its a lightweight cotton seersucker. I thought it would be perfect for a light summer dress, and it probably would be in a different print. Turns out I should have attempted to make John a shirt instead. Oh well, you win some you lose some.
Happy Sewing (or doing whatever it is that you like to do)!