Colette Peony – the misery continues

Well I am nothing if not determined and after the misery of my previous attempt with this pattern I was determined to get it right this time. I actually drafted the pattern for the top myself and used the existing peony skirt pattern – does this make it a peony – probably but not as we know it. I spent ages on this dress – literally ages. I handpicked the zip, put the lining in by hand, added my signature lace to the hem of the lining and then looked at it and thought to myself  “what a boring, frumpy looking dress”


As Steve said – if you saw this on a hanger in John Lewis would you bother taking it into the changing room? Probably not. I played around with a few ideas – added a belt, tried it on with my new Kurt Geiger shoes but nothing seemed to me to make much of a difference. It was still boring!

In a flash of inspiration I decided to drop the neckline and before you could say ‘Edward Scissorhand’ it was done – what a bloody stupid thing to do! My beautifully stabilised neckline became a gaping hole that looked AWFUL! It may have been boring before but now it was practically unwearable unless I covered it with a big scarf. I even managed to get 2 shoulders with different widths.

Okay, deep breath, I had put my life into this dress and I wasn’t going to give up now. So I added a band at the sides, put a pleat across the front and tried out a few things

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So by now I am totally fed up with this dress – I am contemplating just ripping off the top and having a skirt instead. What would you do fellow bloggers? Persevere, cut your losses and make a skirt or put it away until the Autumn for a revisit?

When I have a disaster such as this I am inclined to throw my pattern and fabric stash on eBay. Is it worth treading on pins in your bare feet, trailing cotton all over the house, turning your spare bedroom into a cluttered mess, having the ironing board as a permanent fixture in your living room? Is it? Is it really?

3 thoughts on “Colette Peony – the misery continues

  1. Tulle and Tweed May 8, 2013 / 3:19 pm

    Oh! your post had me literally laughing out loud! I wasn’t sure how this was going to end. It’s that horrible feeling when on trying to make amends and it just keeps getting worse – Still you’ve kept your sense of humour.

    I would salvage it by making it into a skirt its a nice fabric and with a black top I think you will get loads of wear out of it and if not, you’ve got a great story!

  2. Tulle and Tweed May 8, 2013 / 3:23 pm

    Oh! and don’t ever consider giving up! I cannot tell you the howlers I have conjured up over the years!

  3. Gjeometry May 8, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    Oh, so sorry to hear of all your woes with this dress! I have a similar sewing project, a Very Easy Vogue dress that everything seems to be going wrong with. I have just put it in the “to complete later” pile so that I will not get overly frustrated with it and / or give up. What about if you made the neck into a deep V and then just wore it with a camisole underneath?

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