Last Weekend’s (Failed) Project: Pleated Fit and Flare Dress

I was SO excited to see Merrick’s tutorial for a pleated fit and flare dress, as I have always wanted the Madewell version of this dress but knew it would be too short on me.  I took one look at the tutorial and decided I had to try it- so here’s what happened:

1. I didn’t realize I would need a pattern because I thought the image on her site was the pattern- yes, I am that inexperienced of a sewer!  I ended up making a pattern out of brown paper bags though, which actually worked quite well and hopefully will last for a few more attempts.

2. I ran out of fabric- the fabric for the pleated skirt only covered the front half of my body!

3. Pleats are not as easy to make as they look, I will just say that to put it simply.

All in all, the pleated dress turned into a knit sheath dress because I didn’t want to go buy more knit to make the pleats work for me.  So it wasn’t a total failure, but I learned some valuable lessons!  Like, don’t let Pinterest tutorials fool you, don’t buy a $15 pattern when you can make your own out of brown paper bags, and don’t give up when you run out of fabric- either make it work, or just suck it up and go buy more fabric!

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Do you have any tips for me as I attempt some sewing projects?  I would love some pointers!

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