I tend to make all these grand plans for my sewing time and they rarely go as planned. This time was no different. I had this striped summertime mystery fabric that I planned use for #M7950, View C, but it got this cool crinkle effect after I prewashed it, the fabric no longer suited the pattern. I just so happened to be going through another pattern purge; I add patterns to my ‘It’s not you, it’s me pile,’ but I’ll save that for another post. I came across McCalls #M5842 that I rescued from the pile that would look dope with this crinkled fabric.
Soooo…I started laying out the fabric and ran into another crinkle (not literal this time). I didn’t have enough fabric! I looked for other pattern and decided that I was going to make this work. Even with substituting the third tier with a contrast sheer lace fabric I’d been saving for something else unknown, I was still short a pattern piece in the main fabric on the bottom tier of the dress. Since the design called for a lot of gathering, I decided I was going to make it work and proceed with cutting the fabric. Yes, all this trepidation, and I hadn’t even cut out the fabric😂
Well, it worked out. Even though I had entirely different plans, the dress I ACTUALLY made was better because of the changes and adjustments I had to make. In addition to not having enough fabric, I added a slip that the pattern didn’t call for because the fabric was too transparent and I’m a bit too humble for that👀 (Side Note: I didn’t need to prewash the fabric since I knew it wasn’t cotton, but that neither here nor there, since it’s already done). The moral of this story is even those missteps/ mistakes that seeming mess up our plans make for better outcomes than we imagined. We just have to work on the courage to adjust and see it through.