Thank you all for your enthusiasm on the Ridiculous challenge! I am super excited and as soon as I get myself organized, I'll get us all organized! This is going to be a fantastic summer, I can tell =).
In the meantime, here's my latest FO. Really, I was tempted to call it Thoroughly Unloved - maybe you can't tell because of the high polyester content in the fabric, but this dress has sat crumpled in a heap for more weeks than I care to admit. It really just did not want to be finished. Why, you ask?
First and foremost, it's a polyester blend doubleknit which my machine hated. Skipped stitches galore, I had to go over every seam twice. Then there's the fit - it's too long in the armholes, so the waist hit about an inch too low (even after my waistline petite adjustment!) More rejiggering. Also, I am not terribly thrilled with the hip silhouette. I didn't want to take it in more because it would pull at the hips. I think I am just a woman who needs some darts in her life! I think this cut has a certain belly enhancing drape to it, there was some mad thickness at the neckline facing that I had to handstitch down, and I wound up finishing all hems by hand due to said machine skipping.
Hence the crumped-in-a-heap-unloved action. In fact, the only reason I finished this was because I had a lovely sewing date with Ali and her friend Athea, hence naming this Dress #6: A-Squared. It was only through the combined power of the A's that I powered through.
They also recommended accessorizing it up to make the dress more wearable.
How I wore it to work. Amazing what a bright belt and big yellow flower will do!
(Pattern: Vogue 8593. Fabric: polyester doubleknit blend that will never enter my stash every again. Dress quotient: still undeterred from filling. I'm learning to just move on, people!)