I’m normally a glass-half-full kind of person. When things seem to be going sour, I usually find myself thinking about how much worse it could be, and how 99.9% of the people in the world would likely be happy to trade problems for mine.
But every once in a while, you have a week that just wears you down completely. Nothing seems to be going right. Work is piling up, and every tiny setback puts you further and further behind until there is finally one straw that breaks the proverbial camel’s back.
I’m afraid… this dress was that straw.
It isn’t that I had trouble sewing it up. On the contrary, it came together quickly and easily, even with the addition of self piping, bias faced sleeves, and the little corded bows at the waist. And the gingham fabric is a silk/cotton blend with just the right amount of body, and it presses beautifully. No trouble there.
The problem came when the dress was finished. I’d worked into the night Wednesday to finish it so I could get some pictures of it yesterday morning for today’s post. I had a million other things to do, and really needed to just get it done so I could get back to the Clover sewalong posts. I brought it home, tried it on, everything looked great.
Then Thursday morning came. I put the dress on. To my horror, I felt a pop as I pulled the zipper up. It had come apart. Panicked, I asked Kenn to help me unzip it so I could try to fix the zipper. He pulled hard on the tab and… the tab broke off. I wiggled out of the dress and tried to fix it, but only made things worse. The zipper was completely irreparable, the metal that attached the pull had actually snapped.
Now, I know this doesn’t sound like much. I mean, it’s just a dress, and just a blog post. But after working so hard to get it done and have it break immediately like that… I was crestfallen. It had just been one of those weeks. I’d worked and worked, yet everything was falling apart.
So I didn’t get the pictures I wanted. I took the dress back to the studio, took out the zipper, and replaced it with a new one. Then I snapped these pictures.
But you know, I really like this dress, for all the trouble it caused. It looks good with a bright jacket (or sweater) and some chunky jewelry. And you all probably know how much I love gingham. So I won’t hold it against you, little Peony. Even if you did cause a bit of a meltdown.
Dress: Peony in gingham silk/cotton
Jacket: Vintage 1960s
Necklace: Vintage bakelite