Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rookie Mistake

This weekend I'm going wine tasting with some girlfriends in celebration of one friend's birthday.  Did you know that Virginia is wine country?  It is!!  So a driver has been booked, and we'll be heading out to enjoy some local wines with good company.  What to wear?  My thoughts went toward a denim dress, cardigan, animal print scarf and my new boots.  Something like this:

from Polyvore
In order to wear this outfit, I needed a denim dress (minor detail).  I had some denim in my stash and after considering and rejecting it for jeans, I thought it would work well for a dress.  It was very lightweight with no stretch and I had a lot of it.  I pulled out McCall's 5847 shirtdress pattern.

I did a 1" FBA per the Palmer/Pletsch pattern instructions.  I cut it out and have it partially assembled.  OOOF!  I have made a rookie mistake.  I cut out the size corresponding to my high bust measurement and then did the FBA.  What did I forget to do?  I never looked at the finished garment measurements on the envelope.  DOH!  If I had I would have realized that there was 4" of ease at the bust, and I wouldn't have needed a FBA.  So now I have a giant shapeless sack.  Bring out the seam ripper, I need to slim this thing down a lot. 


  1. Oh dear !! It's so easy to do - usually when you are feeling confident about what you are doing, or taking a more laid back approach. Good luck with the resizing.

  2. Oh no! It happens to everyone, I hope you can fix it easily :)

  3. I hope you do rip and resew your denim dress. It will make a cute outfit as per your picture. I have written down the finished garment sizes of some of my favorite RTW garments, and use those measurements as reference when I choose the size pattern I sew. I have been enjoying VA wine country too. The Wine and Oyster Classic in Irvington, VA several weeks ago. Dress code for that event, for younger ladies, appeared to be button down shirts worn out over leggings with knee high riding boots. You would have fit right in. And this weekend wine and cider tasting around Charlottesville VA. It has been a lot of fun and we bought lots of bottles to take to family Thanksgiving festivities.

    1. Hi Audrey! We were tasting around C'ville this weekend too! It seemed like everyone was out doing the same, 2 of the 3 wineries we visited were packed!!

  4. Oof, I'm always making mistakes. I guess it's just part of the process. I hope you get your new dress to work out all right - a nice denim dress is a great wardrobe staple. Forget LBD, heh!


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