- You Will Make “Not-So-Smart” Choices – I chose a VERY simple pattern to work with, one I had sewn before. Good idea, right? Well, why on this green earth would I choose to work with a chevron pattern at a time such as this? I know very well that working with stripes, plaids, or any design that requires matching at the seams should not be attempted during times of fatigue because mistakes are inevitable.
- You Will Work Harder, not Smarter – My next mistake was attempting to cut this dress on the fold. Going against everything I know about cutting this type of printed fabric, I went forward, trying to match the chevron design on top and bottom. Hahaha! I know you’re laughing by now. Go ahead–it’s quite comical. After getting all three pieces cut out, I went to the machine and sewed up the sides, without even paying attention to the patterns. I actually relied on my cutting. The more I type this, the more ridiculous it sounds. I tried it on before attaching the straps and gasped. There wasn’t a single matching pattern at the seams–as if I didn’t expect that to happen. I wasn’t giving up though. I decided to just make it with a solid knit, but while I was looking for the knit, I became rebellious and decided, “No, I will not be defeated by this chevron pattern. I WILL make the dress with this fabric and conquer the chevron!!! Sooo, I pulled out more of the fabric (I purchased a lot of it) and began the cutting process all over again, the right way this time, and completed the dress. But that’s not the end. I also will have to go back and open up one of the side seams to create a slit because the width below the knees isn’t wide enough for comfortable walking. That was a cutting error on my part during the lengthening process. So, in the end, this dress, that should have taken about an hour from cutting to final hem, actually took several hours, and now a future alteration.
- You Will Settle for Less Than Your Best – My final mistake was thinking I would be okay with the fact that my second dress had two chevrons at the same spot, on each side, which did not match up perfectly. I know very well that when my patterns don’t match up it will bother me, to no end. However, when I saw the trouble spots on both sides, I thought to myself, “Naaahhh, it’s not that bad. It’s just gonna be a house dress anyway.” When I put the dress on and wore it to the store, I kept thinking about those darn chevrons. So, I decided that I would either fix the trouble spots or just leave it alone. I opted for the latter.
Now, the next time you consider turning on your sewing machine to make something beautiful when you’re really tired, think twice about it. Learn from my mistake, get a good night of sleep, then slay that project the next day. I still like my dress, and my husband loves it, but it was a mess of a project.
About the Dress
This is a very easy, beginner friendly, pattern. It only requires three pieces and can be sewn together in a very short amount of time (about an hour, depending on your skill level). I lengthened the dress to make it a maxi. I’ve made the shorter version before and liked it, so I thought a maxi would be nice. I picked up this gorgeous chevron knit from the Michael Levine Loft during the Mimi G Style Conference last month in Los Angeles. It was only $3.00/pound, so it cost pennies to make this dress.
Create the Look
- Pattern = New Look 6178 (View A – lengthened)
- Fabric = ITY Knit (Michael Levine Loft)
- Crochet Hand Bag = Made by Me
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