The Hundred Dresses: Day 72

by Erin on August 13, 2013

I made this dress ages and ages ago — back in 2005. It’s another McCalls 8858:

black eyelet 8858

It’s a bit Maleficent, isn’t it, with this neckline?

black eyelet McCalls 8858 neckline

Here’s the side zip:

black eyelet McCalls 8858 side zip

And the back:

black eyelet McCalls 8858 back

I think this was when I was in some doubt about the right size pattern for me, bodice-wise, and kept buying 36s and 38s and wondering why they didn’t fit well in the shoulders. (I re-bought this pattern in a 34 and have been happy with it ever since, although now I have to adjust the waist on everything.) So I don’t wear this one very often, in part because of the fit issue (I altered the shoulders to fit, but it’s not perfect) and in part because I feel like I’ve worn this a couple times to events I was greatly anticipating only to have them fall sadly flat — far short of my (probably unrealistic) expectations. There’s nothing worse than getting dressed up for something and having it fizzle out … I probably should put this in the Goodwill pile and let it be luckier for someone else!

Oh, and in The Hundred Dresses-the-book news, I’ve now seen the first photo of the book on shelves in the wild, thanks to my sister, who saw it in Kinokuniya! Doesn’t it look fab, if I say so myself?

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Kathleen August 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

Next to JK Rowling! -There’s good luck for you. I saw someone reading it at the pool. :)

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Scarlett August 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Kathleen, I thought EXACTLY the same thing!

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Dawn August 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I noticed that right away, too, and also couldn’t help noting that Sex, Lies & Cookies is book is apparently already in hell! :-D

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Dawn August 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I noticed that right away, too, and also couldn’t help noting that Sex, Lies & Cookies book is apparently already in hell! :-D

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Peggy August 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I love the dress, you can never have too many LBDs, and in eyelet !
Maybe you just need to do a “karma fix”…………………….. wear it to something that you know will be a success and you will look at it in a whole new way.

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Anna August 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Stargate! Ack!

I love your mouseover text for this series, by the way.

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Melanie August 14, 2013 at 2:43 am

I’d be happy to take the 36/38 version off your hands, seeing as it doesn’t fit and all.. :-) I’d love to see how the neckline looks on you, as the pattern illustration has quite sharp corners and the piping has changed that element somewhat. But a little bit Maleficent is a good thing in my books…

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Cel August 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

Looks great on the shelf. Love the mouseovers sooooo much.

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peppermintpenguin August 16, 2013 at 8:59 am

exciting! the book, I mean. although the dress isn’t bad either. Maybe it needs a brightly coloured slip underneath to reinvent itself.

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