It’s a Flop Friday, Vintage Flop

Sooooo . . . this dress.


It has a history.  In 2014, My family grew a bit.  I was suddenly the mom to five instead of three.  Being the slightly crazy lady I am, I decided that going an a month long road trip 3000 plus miles, by myself, with said five children was a wise plan.  My husband just shook his head, knowing it was dumb and yet knowing talking me out of things just isn’t worth it at times.  So I did it.  I drove 3000 miles with my kids, solo parented for a month and successfully drained my emotional and parenting tank to empty.

As I attempted to refill and reconnect with my weary self, I pulled out the sewing machine.  It had long been in retirement but the two of us reunited in the attempt to return my sanity.

After two window treatment projects I decided I’d attempt this dress.  I diligently searched for what I thought would be the perfect fabric.  I carefully and meticulously cut it out and then . . . my upstairs bathroom flooded dirty water in my kitchen, my husband announced our next relocation to a state 20 some hours by car from our house, I threw a grad party for my oldest while seeing to the house repairs, listing a house and moving.  The dress found itself in a box on it’s way cross country, still in pieces.

After I found some footing in my new state, I proceeded to emancipate my poor dress from the box it had been exiled to.  Joyful, I started sewing . . .

The good news . . . it’s done.  It’s been a learning experience.  Bad news . . .


It just didn’t turn out.  So many issues, where to begin?

I didn’t do the pleats.  It was just not working out and the pattern I picked in retrospect was above my pay grade.  I needed way more practice and I attempted to taylor it as I went.  Pretty sure that was a huge mistake.



So I took out the insert part to see if the dress could be salvageable . . .



Um . . . still a no.  It’s not comfortable.  It’s rather busty looking.  It’s just a no.  But ever the optimists, I searched my closet for the accessory that would save it from certain doom.  A belt.


That would still be a big no.  I know what you are thinking, it’s fine.  But I have so many other dresses that I love that I simply will never wear this.  It was a learning experience that is still taking up space in my closet.  I may try to reimagine it into something else but overall, it’s a Flop!

I wish I could say Flop Friday is coming to an end but I’ll have another one for you next month and I’m fairly certain more in the months to come.

Written by sewsanityblog

I'm a mom to five, a wife to one and love sewing. I learned when I was a little girl but returned to it in full force in the last couple of years. The process of creating things keeps me sane. I set a lofty goal for myself, one project a week for a year. I'm four months in and it's awesome. I'm amazed at how much I've learned and improved. Set a goal to learn something new and devote weekly time to it. You will be amazed at the results.


    1. I appreciate the suggestion but I think my mistake was tailoring it as I went. I think I would try the pattern from scratch again someday and see if I could fix my mistakes. I love the pattern but the double neckline is tricky for sure! Thanks!

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