Friday, July 30, 2010

Rip, Rip, Rip...

I can't stand it.
It's driving me crazy.
What was I thinking?

I ripped the skirt off of my silk dress.  Yes, the silk dress I just finished and posted the other day.  I love the top, but hate the bottom.  I thought it would look better on, but I was wrong.  I should know better, I'm really not happy about wearing gathers above my waist, and I know that.  I keep hearing Heidi Klum's voice in my head saying, "It looks like there is a big butt hiding under there..."  I thought on it all week, as we were camping and relaxing away from home.  I even brought it along, hoping it would grow on me, and I'd have DH do the photo shoot at the campsite, along the lake.  But, I couldn't bring myself to do it.  DH agrees, the top is fantastic, the skirt, not so much.  I can do better, dammit!  Especially for a contest entry!

So, I thought and thought and thought.  How do you retain a border print at the hem, but have a fitted waist? Since I didn't like the gathers, I knew that pleats would also be a no-no.  I just happened to have a few patterns with me I was hoping to cut, and when I looked to them for inspiration, it nearly slapped me in the face.  I have my answer, and I have the skirt removed from the dress, and I now know what to do.

I will report back tomorrow with the new and improved version!  Keep your fingers crossed for me girls, I'm goin' in...

16 comments:

Big in Japan said...

Carefully, ever so carefully! That fabric is awesome so I hope you have a successful mission!

BeeBee said...

Good luck. I liked the original, but if you don't... And to rip into that silk you must really not like it. Let's see, what are you going to do? Turn the fabric sideways? Upside-down? No, I don't think so. Godlets? Maybe.

Gorgeous Things said...

I have an idea. I bet it has to do with some nice shaping...

Angela said...

Good luck! Can't wait for the unveiling! :)

Karin van D. said...

Oh my. I can totally picture you with a dangerous and determined look on your face, marching into your sewing area ;-) I look forward to see what you'll come up with, the fabric is gorgeous!

KID, MD said...

Ooh, I can't wait to see wait you came up with!

Bunny said...

Well now I am really sitting on the edge of my seat. I have an idea or two. It will be fun to see what you come up with. Pleats?

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

Keep us posted!!!

Marybeth said...

Can't wait to see what you make :)

magdamagda said...

it looked good to me:) but I know how it is when the inner voice keeps whispering... I'm also working on the reconstruction of a top, but it took me quite some time to admit it doesn't look that good to me...and I'm sure next time it will take just as much time:D good luck!

Cindy said...

I made a similiar kimono sleeve/duro dress last year and changed the waist gathers too! You won't regret changing it. I changed the skirt to an A line skirt with gathers just in the middle in front and back. Took the volume from the sides. Can't wait to see the results. Love the fabric!

gwensews said...

That's too bad. But you know the drill--"make it work"!

Rose said...

Oh no! I hate ripping silk, but it can be done. I look forward to your new and improved dress!

Gail said...

Oh a girl after my own heart.

Catherine said...

Gathers at or above the waist only look good on super, super thin and lean women...which very few of us are!

Amy said...

What about stitched down pleats? It looks beautiful so far...