Hollywood Sewalong- part 3

13 May

I’m extremely sorry I didn’t manage to post for the actual reveal date- I did think death was upon me.

I know I should have been more organised but read through the whole post and then you’ll see why this didn’t happen!

So, if we recap, my original plan was going to be based on the purple dress

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I went for Butterick B5030, a wrap dress and I chose a purple silk-backed crepe to make it from.

Worst. Decision. Ever.


Which one? All of them.

This whole thing has been a headache from start to finish. Really I should’ve scrapped the plan ages ago instead of pushing on through. If I’m honest, I would definitely have chucked this in the bin if I didn’t have the sew along to make me persevere.

Why was it such a ball ache?

I cut the largest size which should have been big enough to cover my boobs. The skirt should have been more than big enough but a little extra coverage wouldn’t have mattered so I didn’t do any grading.

The largest size did not fit and neither did the skirt. Seeing as my waist is 32″ and it was designed for 34″ and commercial patterns usually give plenty of ease I don’t know what the fuck happened there. I could get it round my waist, sure, but the result was something akin to Iggy Azalea


Not exactly the look I was going for.

I redrafted the bodice with an FBA, cut this out of the skirt pieces from the first draft and ordered more fabric for a new skirt.

Cut out the whole thing again


and the bodice was too big.



The skirt actually was fine so out of my remaining scraps I cut out the bodice again just slightly bigger than the original pattern.

Then I had a huge gape at the front.

I decided that was acceptable at this stage and I could add another closure to take out some of the gape so I carried on.

Stitched the skirt to the bodice, fine and then lost the sleeves.

I had very, very, little fabric left and didn’t want to waste another penny on this piece of shit. I cut some sleeves out of old bodice variations (good job I don’t empty my bin often!!) and sewed them in.

So far, it was looking like this might shape up to be ok after all.

Then I came to hemming it. That was a bloody nightmare. The bottom of the skirt is bigger than the bit above it so I had to gather the skirt up to hem it. That’s kind of fine I guess, not ideal but I’ve done it in a couple of other skirts, except I had to gather this one so much you can see it through the other side and it looks awful. In addition to that, even though I measure from the waistline all the way round, the front edges hang slightly lower than the rest so you can see the underlay through the bottom.

Hemming the sleeves also incurred the same problem.

At this point I want to burn it.

I took pictures because I feel like you deserve to see this monstrosity but it’s not finished- 1 sleeve is unfinished, there’s no neck facing, I didn’t bother adding closures (pinned for photos) and the hem looks like crap but here we go:


FYI, that’s a forced smile. I hate this dress. So much. I might give it to the rats as bedding.


Luckily, the other participants have made some lovely things, and they posted on time, so go check them out!

Amy at SewsnBows

Charlie at This Blog is Not for You

Hannah at Made With Hugs and Kisses

If you took part in the sew along please leave your blog address or  link to your pictures- I’d love to see what people have achieved 😀



5 Responses to “Hollywood Sewalong- part 3”

  1. Amy Mayen May 13, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    My dress was a pain in the balls too. Totally agree- I’d have scrapped it if I wasn’t accountable! Glad you’re feeling better:)

    I updated your permalink in my post:)

    • Courtney May 17, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

      Yours turned out great in the end though! Sometimes it’s good to have something to push you on but in this case I totally resent it!

  2. The Eclectic Seamstress May 16, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    Hi, your post was so funny, I laughed out loud reading it, so thanks for posting! I do however think that this dress deserves a nicer fate than being converted into rat bedding 😉 The dress really does not look that bad to me, the colour is nice and it has some lovely drape, I feel that it’s worth finishing it! Best, Charlotte

    • Courtney May 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

      Thanks- I’m glad you can laugh at my misery!!
      I think I probably will come back to it but not for at least another 3 years. A little piece of me dies every time I see it.


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