Name: Abby @ Trial & Error Creativity
Original Inspiration: http://pinterest.com/pin/156077943305967450/
What I Did: Now, this should’ve been a simple dress. A simple, simple, simple dress. A simple, simple, simple pattern for a simple, simple, simple dress. And it was: Take a yard of fabric, cut it into 4 long rectangles, sew it all together (save for arms and head), sew in some elastic. Viola.
So — how do you completely mess up something so easy? Get the wrong #%&ing fabric.
I found the fabric online and I was enamored. Of course, anyone worth their weight in sewing equipment will tell you that you need to feel the fabric before you buy it. But I wasn’t thinking about that. All I thought was cherry blossoms — pretty, pretty! So the above is what I ended up with before the elastic. Pretty in its own right, right? Wrong. I tried it on and the fabric had no give to it. I looked silly, to be quite frank. To call it a red rectangle would be a misnomer, since even rectangles look better than this mess.
Now it was time to just wing it. So, I clipped, I hemmed, I tried on again. Terrible. Lathered, rinsed, repeated — still terrible, only with thinner straps.
So I tried one.more.time. And I made them thinner than I ever thought they were going to be. The upshot is that I got to trim the straps inwards toward the neck, a European style for dresses that I love but can never seem find in stores. And then, I pinned, I hemmed, and it didn’t matter how bad it looked. I was done with those straps. I didn’t care if I looked like a homeless person mugged a transvestite. I was done.
I ended up with what you see below, which isn’t bad, but is terrible getting on and needs a belt to hide how unflattering it is.
Blog Post Detailing The Experience: http://trialanderrorcreativity.blogspot.com/2013/02/pinterest-fail-simple-stitch-dress.html
Next Time I Will: Get better fabric! I can see this working with a nice cotton fabric — something with a little give!