Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Advance 3025 ... it's not love (and a pattern giveaway)
Last Fall, I figured the weather would be perfect for the 3/4 sleeve version, and I started sewing it up with high hopes. Alas, there was to be no fairytale ending. On me, the dress looks nothing like it does in the illustrations. As my husband put it, it looks like "something a nun would wear". ("But I like it!" he was quick to add. Smart man.) But he's right: even after extensive alterations to remove gobs of fabric from the sides and underarms, this dress still looks like something I bought at the thrift store but probably shouldn't've.
The dress ended up in the back of my closet until last week, when I pulled it out along with some other items from Fall that I had forgotten to photograph for pattern reviews. It wasn't as bad as I remembered. But it's still not good. Even after tons of reductive surgery, the bodice is still too loose to be flattering. And I should have realized that the loose 3/4 length sleeves would do nothing for my skinny wrists.
And yet. When I look back at the illustration on the pattern envelope, I fall back in love with it a little. It's foolish, I know. But maybe ... maybe I'll try it again. With different fabric. A solid color perhaps, with topstitching to show off the bodice seaming better, as in version 1. And definitely with a complete muslin of the bodice first.
As luck would have it, I ended up with two copies of this pattern -- a size 12/bust 32 I am (perhaps foolishly) going to hold on to, and a size 14/bust 34 that I have no need for. So if you too feel the strange and perhaps sinister allure of Advance 3025, add a comment to this post with your email address. I'd love to find a loving home for my size 14 pattern. I'll (randomly) choose a winner Sunday evening.
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