I was happily sewing along yesterday, thinking that I was going to be super clever and whip up not one, but two dresses in an afternoon. Dress number one is for a friend. It is a copy of a super simple dress she already owns and loves that is made out of a cotton knit. I didn’t even both with a pattern for this one, just laid her dress down on my fabric, eyeballed, cut around it, and stitched it up.
Then I moved on to a dress for me, using Butterick 5780 and the same fabric (which is a knit blend from Joann’s).
I’m making version C. Or I was. Because once I tried on the bodice, my heart sank.
Yep. I can see the similarity. It’s such a funny thing that this fabric could look cute in dress number 1, but give it long sleeves and all of a sudden it just doesn’t work. I wish I had a Tim Gunn to take fabric shopping with me, because I just don’t anticipate these things and now I have half a matador costume (days after Halloween is over) but no dress. Do you run into these kinds of problems when you sew? Do you have tricks for envisioning the end product and avoiding disasters before it’s too late? Please share!