That title is definitely not said with a lot of conviction. I have been working on this tea gown for nearly 3 years. First incarnation: so ugly it wouldn’t photograph. It hung like an ugly sack. The second incarnation fit better but was still ugly. I don’t think the third time is working out either.
Can you see the doubt in my eyes?
I do like the tassels on the tie. And the lace on the sleeves is better. Stupid lace on the bodice does break up the pattern-which was a goal, but it seems a bit….I don’t know….fluffy bordering on clownish? Is breaking up pattern with more texture and pattern really helpful?
May be if I take off the bottom row of lace and iron it flatter….Or rip it all off and do something else….
The neck line is actually a high neck but it was nearly strangling me. (I had moved the button too far over.) For the photographs, I tried turning the neck line down. I do think my neck looks better in a lower neck line but it is far to much work to change that now. I’m going to move the button back where it belongs and go with the high neck line with a brooch at the throat. Question is…will there still be all that lace…. I’m thinking not….
Honestly, this dang thing gets worked on until this weekend and if I still can’t make it look nice I’m going to give up on it – AGAIN.
I think facial expression says, “Lord help me.”
Welcome to the reality of costuming. Not every piece “wants to be made” and not every project is glorious.