Sew Over It Zoe dress | When a project doesn’t go to plan

Sew Over It Zoe dress | When a project doesn’t go to plan

Sometimes a sewing project doesn’t quite turn out how you expected. For me this is often due to two things; not reading the instructions properly and choosing the wrong fabric.

My most recent miss of a project was this tartan Sew Over It Zoe dress. If you read my last post you will know my first Zoe dress was my favourite make yet. This one… not so much.I found this tartan fabric in the Sew Over It remnants section and fell in love with it because of how deliciously soft it was. As I’d just made the Zoe dress I decided to make another out of this. Not thinking about what this fabric should make and just pairing it with a pattern I liked was my first mistake.

My next issue was that there was only 1.4m of fabric. “Not a problem” I thought, “I can just have short sleeves and cut it at the shorten line”.

Anyone who has been sewing for a while will know the shorten line is not where you should cut the pattern unless you fancy showing your bum to the world. I, however, did not.

And so it was that my second Zoe dress became something Avril Lavigne would have worn in 2002 with its bum-skimming hem and skater-girl print.

Necklace: a gift, boots: Clarks. (All items linked where possible to the actual item or an alternative.)

This dress was worn once out in public and then banished from sight for being a pant-flasher. Then Me Made May came along and I decided to wear my unloved pieces in an effort to look at what I can do so they are more suited to my style.

I decided to try the dress out as a top to see if I could make it more me. The first outfit I’m calling “lumberjack chic”. I’ve tucked the dress into a suede tan midi skirt which looks great but feels like you’re wearing a corset on your bum. Not ideal.

Skirt: Miss Selfridge, boots: New Look

The final outfit I’ve christened “the soggy Scot” as the weather was particularly gross. It was actually pelting it down in this photo. I wore it tucked into jeans and I think it worked so much better as a casual top.

Jacket: Zara, necklace: New Look, jeans: Topshop, boots: Truffle Collection

I think my outfit experimentation went quite well and I’ll definitely turn this into the top. It goes to show that just because something didn’t turn out as you’d hoped, it doesn’t mean it should be destined for the charity shop straight away. Which of the three looks did you prefer? Avril Lavigne, lumberjack chic or soggy Scot?

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  1. RatherBeeSewing
    May 27, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    They all look good to me
    You have reminded me I need to go back and take mine in at the hips though. Yours is a lovely shape. Mine came out a nice fit cross the bust (which was a first) but I’ve always felt it’s too loose on the hip -that’ll teach me not to Be too ambitious and add a lining, half way through a course

    • May 27, 2018 / 10:59 pm

      Thank you. Ambition is good though! I haven’t made anything lined yet but it is on my list of things to try out and not be scared of so hopefully I’ll do it soon.

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