Pictured above is my finished Pastille dress for the February portion of the Sew Colette challenge. About halfway through the construction of this garment - I was pretty much ready to give up. I had convinced myself that I really didn't like the style of the dress, the fabric was a poor fit, and that it was just going to look sloppy.
However, I was determined to finish it just so it wouldn't become a UFO. So, on I went... the first issue were the sleeve facings. They looked horrible! I thought about recutting them and redoing them but I just really didn't like them. I finally decided to finish the sleeves with bias tape instead. The only color I had a full pack of was lavender - so that is what I used.
The second issue was the pleats at the bottom of the dress. Somewhere along the line all my markings had faded. I could attempt to re-trace them from the pattern - or guess on lining them up properly, but neither of those options made me happy either! So, I decided to do something I never do! I hemmed the skirt with my machine and then placed a strip of bias tape over the hemline. I figured I need someway to tie the bias tape into the theme and look of the dress or the sleeves would just look odd.
Finally at the finish line I tried the dress on and it was suggested to me by the husband no less, that I should also trim the waist, and there you have it - a dress I really do love despite the earlier comments. I guess sometimes you have to fail to achieve success.
Next up for the Sew Colette challenge.... the Truffle dress.