Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Term: "Blah-der"

It's not a wadder because I didn't ruin it during construction and it's wearable. It fits and is well made. The bamboo knit it's made of is a high-quality fabric and was not cheap. It looks exactly like the picture on the pattern envelope and is comfortable.


But, when I put it on, all I can think is, "Blah. Meh. Whatever." (I made view A, in navy blue bamboo knit). I am not bothering to post a pic of me in it.

So, it's a "blah-der". I will wear it at home, and it might serve as a nightgown.

I could kick myself because I knew better. Pleats or gathering at the waist is a no-no for me. But, I have had this pattern forever and watched so many others make really cute dresses. "Everybody's doing it... I want to be cool like them!". I got up in the craze, what can I say? It wasn't the fabric's fault either, this bamboo is super soft and exactly what the pattern calls for. Sizing? Exactly what I usually do, and it's not too big. But, it makes me look bigger than I am, and who wants that?

So, I will chalk this up as a lesson learned, and move onto a new project. I am in need of an exciting challenge, and have an idea in mind. I am going to dig into the fabric and pattern stash, and return with some garments that make me excited to sew and excited to wear. In public.

12 comments:

Gail said...

I have this pattern but only bought it for the jacket. I feel that the dress is not right for me either.

Gorgeous Things said...

I've had lots of patterns that have turned into Blah-ders. (Great phrase!). I've learned that anything that requires a waspy waist is just not going to look good on me, regardless of how many situps, planks or crunches I do.

Myra said...

Wow that's too bad and I know what you mean about the "defined waist" issue, I have the same problem! I have this same pattern and haven't made it yet just because of that fear. Now I'm sure I'm not going to make it!! Thanks fr your review!

Rebecca said...

I made this up and actually never finished it because it was ugly on and made me look preggos. I think if the waist line started a little higher or even a little lower, it would not look nearly as bad.

meredithp said...

Thank you for the new vocabulary! :-)

Debra Martin said...

Perfect new term! I have a few myself.

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

I just tossed this pattern. Glad I did.

gwensews said...

Bummer. Can you take the skirt off and make a different one? Or, perhaps you've lost interest in the whole project. It happens. I just had one, myself.

Myrna said...

A re-learner. Funny how we need one every once in a while to remind us of the lessons we though we'd already learned.

Irene said...

Love your new term! But one does need "at home" wear also, so perhaps it will fit the bill in that department. I too, see what others are sewing and get all fired up about certain patterns, only to think - hey - that just isn't me.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Your review made me smile especially since I thought everyone bought that pattern for the cute & funky jacket!

Anonymous said...

Can it be saved with a wide belt and cute cardigan or jacket? I am optimistic : ) Too much time was spent matching seams and notches not to mention cutting the fabric and pattern out.

-Shakira