The Hundred Dresses: Day 72

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?


9 thoughts on “The Hundred Dresses: Day 72

  1. 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.


  2. 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…


  3. 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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