Er, hmmm. I think I feel a bit embarrassed.
I think I might like this colour.
Never thought I'd say it. But the sun shone and I thought I really ought to show you what it looks like on so that I could write another post about the evils of Rosewood Red and about me being a hero by being positive and somehow salvaging the situation. But, er... I think I might have had a 180 degree turn around.
It's been hanging off a lamp on the landing since Monday so I've been doing quite a lots of hum-ing and hah-ing every time I've been up and down the stairs.
I'd stopped reeling from the colour but I still didn't like it. The problem was that I'm not sure what colour I do want to dye it. By which I mean that the actual colour I wanted is not produced by Dylon. So do I buy two colours and mix them - which could be a second unmitigated disaster - or do I dye it something dark and call it a day?
I had a third idea. Shelve it. Perhaps for quite a time. You see, I did get some Dylon Pre-Dye (which lightens existing colours and allows you to dye again without the risk of tainting the colour (or so it claims)) but it cost me €8.50. Eight flippin' fifty!!! And you have to use the whole packet (which works on up to 2.5kg of fabric) in the washing machine. I am not prepared to spend €8.50 on a 250g dress, so it would have to wait. And in the meantime, there would be no reason to not make another in the fabric I ear-marked for it a couple of months ago. That's me being positive, learning from my mistakes and being a total hero.
Only, I put it on to show you. And the colour didn't look so bad. In fact, it looked pretty ok. And I felt a bit ridiculous and dazed, having wailed at you about how awful it was. Perhaps it's grown on me. Perhaps it's rosewooded me into submission. But I think it may be a keeper.
(er, not the most flattering photo, and no, I still haven't ironed it)
- I like this style. It makes me feel like Audrey Hepburn in Star Trek. In a good way
- The dress fits, except on the hips where it's too snug but I can easily grade that out to the next size, so no biggie
- The Bumull version has shown that the fabric needs to have a bit of substance to it, to get a decent drape. Bomull is too light but the (secret) fabric I have in mind should be fine
- The style lends itself to fabrics with a bit of texture or a big print. I did look at a ditsy blue floral in my stash but decided that I would either look like a lampshade cover or someone who had been sectioned in their nightie
- It was supposed to be longer but I got distracted when I was cutting it out and cut the skirt along the paper edge, not the chalk line I had drawn 10cms down (duh)
- And it isn't half as orangey in the photo as in real life, more of a coral (so RB, I should have listened more closely to your comment!)
I still want to make one in my secret fabric. I'll need to trace off a new pattern and get more fabric as even after two trips to Ikea, I found that I still underestimated the amount (clearly my Lime-Jelly-Head moments are of monumental proportions).
But I am still mildly amazed that I suddenly like this Bumull version. In fact, I'm still wearing it. Something of a first for a dress previously thought of as a total disaster.
ps. why am I being so secretive about the secret fabric? It may be because I think I am very clever in seeing the potential for this fabric, but probably every other Ikea-sewer in the world will just dismiss me with a wave and an oh-god-I-did-that-years-ago. Ah well, if the dress come out like I hope, I can live with that.