Before typing up this post I actually had to take a second to look at what this blog actually looks like. I don’t know if that means that I’ve enjoyed this long break *too much* (can you measure that?) or that I’ve finally become really very cool (typing this in sunglasses).
OK, so neither is it exactly. (If you claim you’re cool, you’re not remotely cool, so because I want to be cool, I’ll tell you I’m not cool.)
I have definitely enjoyed spending less time online, and also spending less time sewing. I still stand by my earlier assessment that I’ve built an okay wardrobe. And it’s meant that while I’m maybe less eager to level up (there are more complex kinds of projects I have yet to tackle), I’m actually also feeling more relaxed about learning new things and making new things.
And I’ve been experimenting a bit.
I started out with New Look 6410 — about a year ago, I think (?).
The proportions of the bodice were all wrong. I should have sized down two sizes, probably, and then added a bunch here and there, so out of laziness I thought I’d try to “make it work” and I couldn’t. This was a case for Captain Obvious from the get-go.
Long story short, I made the dress, I realized I made wrong sizing choices, I was so bummed, I didn’t even take pictures. The dress hung sadly in the closet.
And then this spring I just decided to chop into it and take it in via the well-known and not so reliable method of “improvise and see how it goes.” The results are not stunning (see photographic evidence below) but the aims of this exercise were two-fold: (1) do something! and (2) try to learn something from this.
See? Not great, to put it mildly.
My primary lesson from this was to reach for a Burda pattern that had a quality I liked about the New Look dress.
So I made Burda 6365 with shortened sleeves and got rid of the zipper, because who needs zippers in a floaty summer dress where you can put in waist ties and call it a day?
And then I thought I could try to make it into a faux wrap like the New Look, and I pulled out an eggplant crepe I’ve had for a while:
That plan needs more work, hence the added snap closure.
After that I just thought, who needs a fabric stash when you can have dresses, and just make the same pattern again like there’s no tomorrow.
I admit to being slightly obsessed with the floral rayon one. It’s my preferred kind of time travel to the ’90s. Free of the cigarette smoke.
And… that’s the story of how my laziness in terms of fitting got rewarded. Try Burda 6365. I think it’s a good one.