So I made a dress this week! I started working on the second part of the tutorial I promised you last time and decided that I might as well make a second Open Back Dress out of it, since I loved the first one so much. Besides it was Oonapalooza month over at the Sewcialists, and I had just the fabric for it. Boldness and whimsicality embodied -- yes, yes, perfect Oona.
A word about the photos in this post: sorry if you're feeling disoriented!! I'm experimenting a little with backgrounds right now, some being more successful than others. :-) Lots of fun. :-D And a lot more fun than the embarrassment of taking pictures outside, big camera and tripod in front of everyone. Gaah. Last time, cars were literally slowing down in my neighborhood, checking out who that "celebrity" was. Gah. I know I was in a Bollywood movie, but still. I really like the end result of the photos I take outside, as tricky and uncomfortable as the process is, but I need to be in a special kind of mood for it.
|Ahem. I may or may not have sewn better zippers before.|
I liked the fabric a lot when I bought it (with the lovely Pincushion Treats back in the days where we were both living in the UK, I might add.) I still do like it, graphically speaking. But it just doesn't really fit with anything I have in my wardrobe. And somehow doesn't feel quite "me". It happens! :-)
The positive thing that emerged out of this dress is for sure to realize how much my attitude has changed as a dressmaker. In the early days, I used to get SOOO upset when I messed up a project. Difficult to believe now (okay, maybe not so difficult to believe) but I remember throwing myself on my bed, bursting into tears because the Andrew Sweater from Burda Style hadn't work out and ended up in the garbage. In those days I was equating a failure with the statement "I suck at sewing," which is so unfortunate! Because if you're afraid to fail all the time, then where is the experimenting? Where is the risk taking?
Somehow along the way, I learnt to take it easy! It's just sewing! I've accepted that the occasional failed project is bound to happen when you go outside of your comfort zone. "If you're not failing half the time, you're not trying hard enough", as they say. So failure is part of the deal. I know you all were probably a lot faster at learning this lesson than I was, but realizing this, with this project, has been an important moment for me. Along the years, I have been really inspired by how unafraid -- and brave! -- you have been in making mistakes in front of the world on your blog.
On these thoughts, little chickadees, I will leave you to it. Sew, sew, sew! Have a happy, productive weekend!
P.S.: For more technical details about this dress, again, you can check out my first Open Back Dress post, inspired from this dress by Club Monaco. You can see the drafting instructions for it here. And I'll be posting the sewing instructions for the waistband in the next days, so stay tuned! :-)