8/10/08

I'm Not Going

To Do It... No Way! (Jennifer Hudson is playing in my head...lol)

The intent was to sew Butterick 4788 (Version A) for a friend. The pattern is flared or straight, pullover dress, mid-knee has mock-wrapped bodice with or without sleeves. A: ruching detail at left side and self bow. B: flounce and purchase cord for belt.

Although she selected the fabric, now that I've washed it, cut and partially baste stitched it, the fabric is all wrong. The true color is olive green, sage & white with silver strands through it in a knit fabric. With it placed on the dressform it looks too christmasy. When she showed it to me I thought ooh pretty its chevron-looking. Now that I've had time with the fabric - Oh!! I was so wrong.

The more I look at it the more I see snow caps, pine trees and antler horns... don't you agree... Help me here people.. I need to explain to her why this fabric would not work. Although the lines do not match-up my intent was to do a contrasting trim along the neck line to distract from that, but as I said before... Its a no-go.
The dress is for a family reunion at the end of the month and I'm thinking of still going with the pattern, but as for fabric a pucci print or floral pattern would do. I've seen her in printed garments and thinking that would work better. What do you think... Help!!!

Now, what I need to do is email a pic of this to her stating why this fabric wouldn't work, but before I do that... I would love to hear from you.

Sending out an S.O.S....lol

13 comments:

Angelia said...

I really like this fabric... but think it would be better as a long cardigan/jacket type piece...
but I don't think it will be a bad dress... esp with a contrasting trim.
The pattern is great! I think agree that A floral or pucci print would be better for this pattern.

Virtuous said...

If she is a friend then just tell her what you told us, it shouldn't matter. If she still likes and wants that particular pattern fabric then go on ahead with it.

I honestly didn't notice the "Christmasy" look until you pointed it out.

peacockchic said...

I say go with your gut. As the designer and seamstress you need to make sure YOU like it too because it is your handiwork that is entering the world.

Good Luck!

Pajnstl said...

yea that fabric does not work... Just tell her You can't let her go out like that in something you made for her! lol

jae said...

sheila, whats that song playing on your blog today. Ive been wanting that one...lala..."its a new dawn its a new world...its a new life"...lalala. do you know the name or the artist anyone?

like the pattern...the fabric hmmmm.

Sheila said...

Thanks all for your help.

@Jae - The song is Feelin' Good by Nina Simone. Love her music - I read somewhere that Mary J. Blige will play her in an upcoming movie.

Kelroc said...

I agree with you the fabric is not right for the dress. Explain to that the fabric won't work for this design and suggest a shopping trip to find more suitable fabric.

Lesalicious said...

I also agree don't see that being a dress but, do what you can do. Let her know how you feel about it. Good luck.

Mimi said...

I like it as a top. As a dress, a floral print would be much better.

Mary Sarah said...

Hi! I trust what you think more than I trust what I think. I agree ... fabric not good for the dress. It'd make a great top! I do like it a lot!

Cas... said...

As I watch Project Runway and I learn what the difference is between a designer and a dressmaker I think you need to let her know what's wrong. She needs some guidance.

I didn't notice the Christmas pattern until you said something but I can see your point of view. But remember you worked with it closely for a longer period of time than others. So your prospective is a bit different.

Gone on gurl! MAKE IT WORK!

Robin said...

Very nice pattern! Butterick has a lot of nice patterns out right now, and I plan to go pick some up Thursday when the sale starts at Hancock. I actually don't think that fabric is bad!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I hate to tell you this but I like the fabric too...using some plain black as accents around the neck, waist and hemline will take away from "the Christmasy" look you are seeing, which I can't see but then I haven't been handling the fabric as much as you have!