It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a plaid ponte Plantain shift dress!
This dress started as an afterwork, TGIF purchase. In other words, I bought myself some happiness for the low price of $11/m! That’s more than I usually pay for fabric (in fact, the contrast fabric was $23/m, so thank goodness I didn’t need much) but when you are desperate, any price is a bargain! I sewed it up that very weekend, and felt pretty pleased with myself.
The truth is though, I don’t love how it looks on me, and that makes me a little sad. Why you gotta be like that, dress? It’s basically an extended Plaintain tee, which I’ve sewn and liked in jersey… but in ponte, it’s less great. The sleeves need more vertical stretch at the shoulder so they pull the bodice off the shoulder, the armscye is a bit low, the neckline gapes, and I need a swayback like woah. I always tell myself that I’m a process-oriented sewist, and the process was pure fun, so I can’t begrudge the dress a less than perfect outcome! Accept it, Whitcombe, and move on. (Giving myself a stern talking to here!)
So here’s the good stuff! I love a printed ponte, and my local chain store has some great ones this year. I’ve also been eyeing their selection of quilted knits, and I finally came up with a good excuse to use one! I love this cobalt/royal blue shade, and i always feel good in it. (The other great thing is that this fabric is similar to the awesome fabric that Kirsty, aka. Top Notch, aka. KB Field used for a recent dress, and any kind of international sewing connection always makes me happy, no matter how tenuous!)
The contrast yokes were super easy to add, and I think they add a lot to the dress. To finish the neckline I sewed a strip of jersey, and folded it to the inside before topstitching. I think it’s the top stitching that made it stretch out slightly. Any ideas how I could go back in an tighten up the back neckline without redoing it all?
probably my last outdoor pics of the season, so I’ll have to get used to shooting indoors again… but in the mean time, it was fun to play in the leaves. Much harder to get a “falling leaves” shot that I thought!
In all honesty, I finished this 2 weeks ago and haven’t worn it one. I will though… some day!?
All is not lost though! I had just enough leftover to mix with a lovely rayon French Terry scrap to make a cosy top! It has been worn, and I like it a lot. It’s got slightly angled side seams (pointing to centre front), inspired by a million RTW tops and Sally from the Quirky Peach! The misaligned hem was purely accident, but I kept it and I’m pretending it’s purposeful!
Thinking back, I probably make something that doesn’t get worn every few months… maybe 1 in 10 or 15 projects? How about you? And what do you do with those makes that just don’t find a place in your wardrobe?