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TTMT#3 Birthday Dress Disaster – Project Purgatory

Still a few wonky editing moments I’m afraid, but progress is being made! Also still working on finding a format I like, hence adding in the project time estimate. Although I forgot to mention it in the video, this kind of “Frankenpatterning” – using bits and pieces from different patterns that I like – is a thing I do pretty frequently.


11 thoughts on “TTMT#3 Birthday Dress Disaster – Project Purgatory

  1. Having not seen it in real life, I have to say, the dress looks great. It even twirls!

    Can you tack the cuffs, maybe? I know that’s not the original intent, but it might help. Maybe?

    I know you’re not feeling the love, but I wonder if you waited a little while if it would grow on you. Honestly, it looks great in the video! I really like the lace additions. They are very you!

    It pleases me that I actually know Silly Sarah and I regularly get live performances. 😛


  2. I will admit it looks much better when worn with a petticoat, but then what doesn’t?

    I might be able to tack the cuffs up to the sleeves, yes… I’ll hang onto the dress for a bit, and maybe bring it by so you can see it in person, but I don’t want to waste anymore time on it if I’m not keeping it to happily wear.

    I definitely plan to work more with lace in the future…although maybe not by combining a super stretchy lace with a non-stretch backing fabric. That was…eventful.

    There were so few decent Silly Sarah moments to choose from this time! >_< Hopefully there will be more in the future. I like having those at the end.


    1. Thank you! It could have turned out much worse…I just don’t love it for some reason. *shrugs* Garment sewing can be tricksy…but that’s part of what I enjoy about it. There’s always something that’s going to challenge your skills or encourage you to learn new techniques.

      Also just realized that I hilariously miscalculated my total construction time for this. I guess that’s what I get for editing while half asleep!


  3. I think the dress is very cute and it looks really good on you. But one of the reasons I don’t make garments any more is because I get really upset when I spend a lot of time making something and then just don’t like it.

    I am so glad you are sharing your adorableness with us. You are so entertaining and, as much as I love seeing quilts, I really enjoy seeing other crafts as well.


    1. As long as I learned something or got to try out a new technique it doesn’t bother me too much when a project goes sideways.

      Teehee! Thank you! ^_^ I quite like making videos and thankfully doing so seems to be motivating me to actually get stuff done.


  4. Hello

    I totally love the term Project Purgatory , i many steal it in the future .

    I also find, when I make Clothing, that my love for the item depends on how much stress it caused me. I agree with Jennifer , stick it in the back of your wardrobe and wait a while before you give it away, also tack the cuffs.

    I love that we have a member who makes clothing to , I love how you can hack a pattern and change it up. that something i want to work on this year as well as my fitting skills.

    Love you video style and the out takes , welcome to the community I think your gonna love it here.


  5. Thank you! Feel free to swipe the term project purgatory for your own use…It came about because I have a bit of a thing for alliteration.

    This was definitely a higher stress project seeing as I’d already bungled it once. >_< I'll hang onto it for a bit. I think it mostly just irks me that I can't put my finger on WHY I despise the thought of wearing it. It fits well. The construction, with the exception of the facing and cuffs, is solid. *shrugs* I may never figure it out.

    Heh, the pattern hacking came about because I was under the impression when I first began sewing that actually drafting patterns was super difficult. I'm still learning how to draft and often use ready made patterns as a guide, but it's not nearly as scary as I first thought.

    I'm pretty fond of my copy of Fitting Finesse by Nancy Zieman if you're looking for some resources. It has a section on pivoting and sliding pattern pieces to draft a new pattern with adjustments rather than the more common slice and spread method which destroys the original pattern. I feel like there's another book that goes into this in more depth…but I can't think of it off the top of my head.


  6. I was going to suggest some sort of decorative tacking of the cuffs as well. Vintage buttons, or cufflinks or even frogs across the cuff opening.Another though I had was some decorative topstitching or even embroidery on the neck facing.

    It fits you well. This sort of thing is why I stopped making clothes, although I do like taking thrifted clothes and hacking them into other things, to an extent.

    That being said, like everyone else said, put it away for a while and then revisit it. If you still think you’;ll never wear it, don’t think of it as time and effort (and materials) you’ve thrown away. Think of it as a beautiful gift you are giving to someone who loves this same vintage style but doesn’t have sewing skills.


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