Monday, January 21, 2013

Stopping Point


I've nearly finished the dress (V8825) -- everything done except the hem -- but I'm stopping. I got to the point of trying it on and I wasn't loving it. It's a lot of dress. And the sash weighs a TON and doesn't want to stay in place at my waist so I'm going to have to come up with some sort of security/belt carriers.

Technically, it fits perfectly except the sleeves could be a smidgen shorter. When "researching," I noticed all the sleeves in the PR reviews were on the too-long side so I already shortened the pattern 1/2" before cutting out. I think another 1/2" would've been perfect. But I'm not sure if I'm even going to keep the sleeves. I love the *idea* of the bishop sleeves but in the print and on me and with the high-in-the-back neckline, I feel kind of swallowed up. (Plus it's that puffy time o'the month, which is NOT the time to be trying on new clothes. Argh. I thought turning 50 last year was supposed to put an end to that stuff. I mean, it's not like I'm contemplating any more babies. Oh the things we share on the blogs. LOL)

Now don't misunderstand, I think the dress *looks* great in the photo here and in person, and I do love me a print. But I think we've just spent too much time together today and we need a break from each other for the love to re-kindle. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that. :-)

On the bright side, except for the previously-mentioned sleeve shortening, I made absolutely no alterations to the pattern. I cut the 16 for the upper half and morphed to the 18 at the hip, and that's it.

Back to work tomorrow. I'm not wearing anything new, but OMG ... LOVE!!. ... LOVE!! Mrs. Obama's "new clothes" today, didn't you?

14 comments:

Faye Lewis said...

I think the dress is very pretty and that is such an eye catching print. Would look great under a matching short jacket or blazer.

Peter Lappin said...

Looking forward to seeing this on you, Debbie. That is one very snazzy print!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Yes I've loved Michelle Obama's choices all weekend-from the Dress Sunday, to the sequin Michael Kors Sunday evening to her choices today...each one was perfect.

You'll figure out how to fix the dress, you always do!

Karin said...

I think it makes a lot of sense to take a break when you feel sick of something. You are right the dress looks good and a little breather might let you love the project again.

Lori said...

Sometimes a time-out is a good thing :). I can't wait to see what changes you make on this dress. Good luck.

Andrea said...

52 is the average age of putting an end to that business, and you're an above average lady, right?! Try it on in a couple weeks. It is pretty and deserves a second look another day. By the way, even though I'm done with all that stuff, I still feel that way on occasion. It's weird, probably the influence of teenage hormones in the house.

LauraM said...

LOL --- the business ended at 40 for me, the doc explained this whole bell thing about ages -- I was on the young (beginning of the bell) most women around 50 but yet the bell actually ends at 60 --- so any where between 40-60 is the average. I had always wished mine would end, but when it did my body gave me lots of other issues which docs say are common --- blood pressure problems, cholesterol changes, etc. I look forward to see what you decide with the dress

velosewer said...

It's a great print so just wait until your feel up to trying it on - later...
I loved Michelle's outfits. The coat and red dress were my favs.

Shelley Hesson said...

Yeah, take a breather and come back to it. This dress is gorgeous. You'll be twirling and sashaying in it in no time. And if you still don't like it, send it to me!

Marjie said...

You might just love it a whole lot better after it's done penance in the corner for a while. Have you thought of using a wide belt in black or white in place of the sash? That might take away enough of your issues to salvage the dress for you.

Graca said...

That print is beautiful and the dress looks great, I hope you are feeling better about the dress after your break.

Rebecca Grace said...

How about a wide belt or sash in a dark solid, like black or deep eggplant? That would break the print up a bit and draw in your waistline visually, to counteract that puffy feeling... ;-)

Carolyn said...

The dress does look lovely! But I get what you mean about spending a lot of time with one thing ... and that fab print deserves to be worn! A bit of absence makes the heart grow fonder again :)

meredithp said...

Loved Mrs. O's choices last week...and always. :-)