I'm pleased to note that I am not the only one posting Christmas dresses in February!
This dress is not such a disaster that it is unwearable (it was finished in time for very early present opening on Christmas morning), but because it was not the dress I wanted it to be.
This is what it was supposed to be...
I think that there are a couple of reasons why it didn't work. Firstly, I am wearing the jersey slip from this dress, whilst the Patrones model is wearing a woven, structured slip. I could sew a structured slip, if I thought that would fix it up.
After I made a muslin, I opted for a shorter length. Below-the-knee on me never looks as elegant on me as on others, but perhaps in a sheer fabric it would have been okay.
I think the real problem was fabric selection. See the photo below. See all those crinkles. Well this was my first time sewing with a crinkle fabric. It stretched and stretched as I sewed it. I stabilised the neck and arm bindings with knit interfacing, but they still stretched out. The second (or possibly the third) time I sewed them on I actually gathered the fabric onto the bindings.
The fabric stretches and stretches even more whilst it is being worn. By Christmas lunch it was flopping off my shoulders and hanging about mid-knee length. Then when I briefly hand-washed it, it crinkled up even more than before I sewed it, making it less sheer, and you can see in the top photo that it is quite figure-hugging and looks too short in the armhole, bodice and overall length. Side view shots (not shown) indicate it is more figure-hugging than is flattering for me.
The Patrones hem is finished nicely with a strip of lace, but I could not get my hands on any to match, so I went with orange pom-poms instead (having rather given up on the dress by this point). Last year I bought pop-pom trim in 5 different colours from a closing down sale, and I have used up most of it this summer.
These photos were taken at low tide at Cape Wirrawoi. We go there looking for lures in the rock pools, with the hope of replenishing at least some of the lures we lose fishing. At least that is what I tell the kids, to get them there. I hope that they are taking in some of the details of the marine life in the rock pools at the same time.