Ikat Toddler Dress from Blouse print disaster2:07 AM
I made a cute little dress for Ellie.
But it was the remedy for a big project fail.
I really liked the colors in this ikat printed chiffon and made myself another simple blouse.
It's the 4th time I've used my little pattern, so I just sewed it up.
I tried on the finished blouse and to my horror realized the unfortunate placement of the print on my chest.
When I cut it out I didn't think about the print becoming offensive in its placement.
Not only the dark dots, but the white "v" shapes were just in the wrong spot.
A friend saw the photo and called it "tribal boobs".
Another friend suggesting fixing it with a pocket, which would have maybe saved it, but at that point the blouse was already tainted and hacked up too make a toddler dress.
It was such a bummer to put it on and just realize I'd never be comfortable, always wondering if anyone noticed the ikat tribal boobs.
The bummer is I went back to Joann to buy more to remake the blouse and they were out of the fabric.
I had bought in on the clearance rack so I wasn't surprised, but I'd been really excited about the blouse and was going to make a camel colored skirt to go with it.
SO now it's a little dress for Ellie.
I just cut a simple neckline with little cap sleeves.
The lining was used to finish the neck and sleeve opening so I wouldn't have to hem them, as it would have been a pain with chiffon.
The construction to use the lining to finish the neck and arms is kind of like putting a vest together, sewing the neck and arms first then the shoulder and side seams last.
For the back closure I used navy satin ribbon as the thin chiffon couldn't support buttons very well.
Usually Ellie doesn't care what she wears, but she really liked this little dress and didn't want to take it off.The only problem is the static made the lining ride up on her tights so it was just sheer chifffon from the waist down a few times.
I'm thinking in the summer with out tights it won't ride up as much.
Ellie loves candy.
So in the end I'm glad my disappointment turned into something I could still use even though I'd rather have had a blouse for myself. Next time I sew an ikat print I'll be more aware of where shapes are falling!