The inspiration: (Image from anthropologie)
The finished project:
|I look super happy about my sackcloth|
It's a small consolation that in the video, the anthropologie model looks just as pregnant as I do.
The pattern, of course, is ridiculous, with its clownish tie, hideous fabric, and neckline hoisted up to the chin. For such a simple design, it needed a lot of adjustments. I thought I could just sew it up and drop the neckline by a few inches by lengthening the cord, but that resulted in armholes hanging open nearly to my waist. The pattern has six panels: a front, a back, and two on each side. I eliminated the side panels and widened the front and back pieces which did effectively shorten the armholes, but also created too much fullness in the center front and back.
The dress is tragic. It can't be worn out of the house. Obviously. It looks like a garment of penance, like something you'd wear if you were into mortification of the flesh. It needs a whip and a hair shirt. Ironing didn't help. Belting actually made it look even more clumsy and home sewn. Frankly, I'm discouraged, because this has to be the easiest dress in the world to make and I still managed to fuck it up. I'm not sure what to do at this point other than to cut it up and make a sleeveless blouse or place mats. (The fabric is a lovely linen from Les Fabriques.)