Okay, I'm done with the horn and ready to move on. So, as I said in the last post, I'm working on a dress for me (and this will be the first one I've actually finished in about 6 years!!) But I've come to a design issue I want your opinion on. I've only got to add in the sleeves and hem it, but otherwise it's done. Now as you can see in the pictures below, I'm a curvy girl, I'm not gonna lie. I LOVE to eat and while I'm trying to eat healthily (is that a word?) and exercise daily, the pounds are taking their time coming off. That said, I still went down a size on the pattern because apparently, I'm an eternal optimist. And, are you ready for this...this size fits me everywhere EXCEPT the sleeve! The darn sleeve is too small around!!! I didn't think my arms were where I really needed to focus on, but I guess me and Simplicity have different ideas! ;) So, after basting in the pleats and fighting with a tiny piece of elastic to gather up the sleeve and ironing a tiny hemline (that was my clue to try it on), I realized that the sleeves are too small and I'll have to recut them and start over on them. Thank goodness I tried them on before I attached them!
So, I tried the dress on to see how everywhere else looked and I think maybe fixing the sleeves isn't worth it. That's where y'all come in. I took pictures without the sleeve and with it pinned on--pretend it actually looks right, it was a nightmare to pin a too-small silky sleeve with one hand! So, lay it on me...Bind the armhole sans sleeves? Add the sleeves in a bigger size? Toss the dress altogether and go eat some cookies? What do you think? I'm a big girl (haha, no pun intended) and I can take it. And while I wait for answers, I'm going to go do said daily exercise. And maybe do about 500 pushups??? (No way that's happening!)
|Here it is without the sleeves. I'd just bind them to the inside with matching bias tape.|
|And here it is with one pinned-in sleeve. I'm just not sure...|
THANKS, y'all! And I know that Chris will say thank you too! Otherwise, it's up to him to give his opinion and like any smart man, he has no interest in giving me an opinion on if something looks to small on me!