A couple of weeks back I posted about an Anna Maria Horner Pattern, The Socialite Dress. I wanted to try the same pattern done with solid colors such as Fuchsia and Orange, thinking that it would be perfect for a color blocking experiment. Well, I couldn’t find the orange that I wanted, but I did find the fuchsia and a mustard yellow in a cotton silk from Hart’s Fabric.
This is what I came up with.
Now, one would think that I was a genius, by having enough forethought to think ahead to put the thinner stripe just above the large block of gold mustard, huh? This is more of an after thought. I was THRILLED with the result of the color blocking before I put the narrow stripe on, but unfortunately when I was serging the inside seam between both colors to neaten up the inside I accidentally caught part of the dress skirt in the serger, thus slicing a small hole in the posterior of the dress!!!!! UGH!!!! And a whole lot of swear words came along with that. I needed to find a way to cover up my mistake, and salvage the dress!
And this is where the lovely stripe comes into the picture. Yet another frock tainted with some small mistake that I need to figure out how I am going to camouflage. I always feel like I am settling just a little when I am sewing. I strive for perfection, which I know is not possible. I would love to at least have one, just one sewing session when my needle doesn’t break, or I mistakenly sew two parts together that aren’t supposed to be! Every time, it’s like what predicament am I going to get into this time? And, how am I going to get myself out of it? I do believe that sewing for me is almost like an episode of MacGyver. I am the MacGyver of seamstresses. Figuring out how to solve the next sewing mishap with whatever tools and knowledge I have at my disposal. Hmmmmm. Makes you think!
In this shot you will see the inside of my dress and the infamous hole.
One thing I enjoy about reading other people’s sewing blogs is that we are honest to a fault. I am still a novice sewer, and I make mistakes ALL the time. I want all to know that I am on a sewing journey and if I were to just give up every time I made a mistake I wouldn’t have learned so much. What do “they” say? Perfection is overrated?
Thanks for reading my rant!