Well, I’ll just start by saying that I really love this fabric, and the top half of the dress came out as I had planned. The bottom half, however, proved to be a bit of a headache! Chalk it up to poor decisions on my part. More on that in a bit…
For this creation, I took the Sewaholic Renfrew pattern and extended it to make a dress. Pretty straightforward. The fabric is a favorite purchase from when I was in Paris in October 2013, and it’s just occurred to me that I bought it exactly two years ago today!
And then I made this dress about a year ago today.
And then I finally wore it out of my apartment a couple of weeks ago. For this photo shoot. The only time I’ve ever worn it. Oy.
The bottom-half of the dress is, eh…comme ci comme ça. I’m not even sure I’ll wear it more than once without turning it into a shirt.
When I use patterns from Sewaholic I’ve typically gone with a size 4 at the bust and waist (as I’ve done here) and a size 0 at the hips (to “de-pear” the pattern). Here, I decided to cut a straight size 4, thinking that going two sizes up from usual at the hips would give me a skirt with some positive ease.
Suffice it to say I was surprised to find out how fitted the skirt was – doh! And, alas, the hem isn’t level (slightly higher at the front) and the side seams angle towards the front. You can see that best in the photo above. Double doh!
What the heck happened? When I extended the size 4 hip line downward I guess I should have angled it out a bit. I guess? Just goes to show I don’t often know what I’m doing when it comes to winging it. 😀 The fabric (a viscose knit, according to the tag) is pretty thin and clingy, which doesn’t help. Drats.
Oh well, at least my stripes match across the seams and the neckband came out neat with those two white stripes.
“Hmmm,” she says, “maybe this is destined to be a true Renfrew tee after all?” I just don’t think I can save it as a dress.