So two weeks ago my husband asked me if I thought we should attend his service awards banquet scheduled for Nov. 21. Um, let's see. Free dinner and a fun 60s theme casino night? YES! Of course we should go!
And right away I'm thinking "oh goodie, I can make myself a classy little 60s era cocktail dress". Until I mention it to hubby, who said "uh, no way. You don't know these guys. I don't want to have to hear about how my wife wore a costume". He didn't quite understand that I was planning a look that was reminiscent of the 60s, not one that could have placed me on the set of Mad Men.
We compromised. I wanted something dressy, after all, we rarely go anywhere that requires dressing up. He wanted me to look, well, hot. LOL, he's a guy after all. Glad to know that at my age he thinks I'm still capable of looking hot.
I decided on Butterick 5280, a muse mock-side wrap pattern. Only two yards of fabric and rated easy. See, I had about three hours free in my schedule to actually sew a dress for this event.
Was near a Hancock Fabric store recently so I picked up the pattern and some lovely royal blue stretch velvet that was on sale for only $6.49 a yard, which means the dress is only going to cost me 99 cents for the pattern and $12.99 for the fabric.
This afternoon I cut the dress out, being careful to have the nap running down on all pattern pieces and sewed it. Oh, about 2-1/2 hours of my time.
Only to realize that the fabric must have been stored on a bolt for quite some time as there are horizontal stripes on the dress spaced just about where the fabric would have been folded on the bolt.
Oh how I wish I would have noticed it when the fabric was being measured and cut. And oh how I wish the sales clerk would have noticed and it and pointed it out to me. I definitely wouldn't have wasted my money.
I'm guessing the fabric may have been old stock that was put into storage and pulled out again when in season. I noticed it when cutting out the dress, but kept hoping that perhaps it wouldn't be THAT noticeable when the dress was complete.
Um, wrong. See for yourself.
So now I have this great little dress (and it does look fabulous on!) that I can't wear because the stripes are tacky.
What to do, what to do. Try disguising the stripes by stamping on the velvet and making it appear it's part of the fabric design? Run to Joann's, which is only ten minutes away and hope they have some decent stretch velvet and resew? Or dig in my closet and look for something that would work and forget about sewing myself a new dress.
What would you do?