Saturday, 21 September 2013

the most impractical dress ever?

It's September 21st and officially the last day of summer here in the northern hemisphere, 
and I'm sharing my last summer dress of 2013!
...the one that I didn't wear all summer.
Don't you hate when that happens?
By the time I had it stitched together, I learned rather quickly that faux suede isn't breathable...
I actually worked up a sweat just posing for these photos in the apartment...
I really had my heart set on a short leather minidress with a flouncy skirt, and it was all going rather well at first.   I managed to draft a pattern that worked with the mere metre of this faux suede I had in my stash 
(which I think cost about $2.99 at Fabricland)...
...but a light coloured minidress in a heavy fabric is possibly the most impractical item I've ever sewed.
(maybe even more than the Mary Poppins costume I wore that one time in my figure skating years)

The evidence:
- too hot / unbreathable for summer...
- ....in a springy green shade that doesn't work with tights for winter

Maybe next year I will wait for a rainy day and wear it will wellington boots.

I'd love to know - do you have a most unwearable project? Have you made something that fits, but that you physically can't wear?

Sweatin' it out

18 comments:

  1. Heh! It's so cute and unique though, it's a shame to let it go to waste. I'd wear it in the winter with black/navy/gray tights maybe. Well, *I* wouldn't, because we hardly have winter where I live, but I'd love it if *you* would. :)

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    1. I agree!! I wasn't even aware that there were rules with colours that don't go well with tights...I wear all my summer dresses layered with tights in the winter! Sounds perfect to me!!

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    2. Thanks guys, Okay I will rethink! My Canadian background always makes me want to separate things into very distinct seasons!

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  2. Ha ha.. Thanks Dora! Maybe this will work :)

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  3. I agree with Dora - dark tights, boots and a big cardi and it will definitely work for winter. It would be a real shame if it didn't get worn.

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    1. Okay, I feel more confident now - thanks!

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  4. i think you could wear dark tights and a sweater with it for winter, it's a really cute shape! i overheat too easily, so all my fabrics must be able to breathe!

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    1. I don't know what I was thinking really.....!

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  5. Nice dress on you! I would make it again with different fabric. My failures are choosing stiff fabric for a dress and a light linen for an unlined skirt!

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    1. Ha ha... Learning experiences! Sometimes the hard way :(

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  6. It looks a great. Yu have to make one in a more suitable fabric! I have a dress that fits me but a bit wacky for me... Not sure I will actually wear it. Just written a post about planning your handmade wardrobe, I should have added a bit on wardrobe malfunctions!

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    1. Maybe I will frame it...wardrobe art ;)

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  7. What a great dress design! I agree with the other comments -- tights and a sweater for winter, because it is too cute to not be worn! I'm always choosing inappropriate fabrics -- I just go with it and see how it turns out. If it is a fail, I chalk it up to experience and try to salvage it!

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    1. Thanks Jean! It's a shame because it was so much fun to sew because it didn't fray....that should have been my first clue ;)

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  8. I think you should try it with these very thin and almost see-through tights, the ones that get ripped apart so easily - but with thick coloured woolen socks and big chunky boots and with a simple but cozy cardigan as autumn wear. i think that would look really good too!

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    1. Oooh I like both of those ideas - thin thin tights or chunky / wool socks - I love that, thanks! I had a peek at your blog and I'm soo envious that you get to live in Vienna! One of my favourite cities ever...looking forward to seeing your adventures!

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  9. Oooh, I love this shape on you! Super cute! I'm too sweaty for faux suede, but I think you could pull this off for fall, maybe with a brown cardigan and tights?

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