I’m not usually attracted to a lot of prints, or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that while I may like a particular print in general, I can’t really see myself wearing it. Prints can be a hard thing to pull off because the combination of color, style and scale; it often creates a bolder statement then I want to make.
That being said this patterned fabric spoke to me while at the store and I was instantly drawn to it. I loved the woven pattern that was interesting but not overpowering, and I liked the blue on blue color of the fabric that helped keep the pattern subdued. Although the fabric wasn’t on sale and it was more per yard then I usually spend, I wanted it. So I bought it. And while I already had the dress pattern I wanted to use in mind when I bought the fabric, I waited to use it because I was apprehensive that with my current sewing level I would somehow make a massive mistake and ruin everything.
Finally (after much time had passed), I decided to just sew the dress because what’s the point of having fabric if you’re not going to use it? I think I’m better at sewing than I once was, although by no means am I very good at it (but I didn’t want to wait around until I was ninety to finally use this fabric). Besides the dress pattern I’d chosen was one I had done before, so I knew that there weren't any nasty surprises waiting for me.
This time I worked slower and tried to put a bit more care into my sewing. Because my initial inclination is just to work fast and get things done, but if I do that then things tend to get a bit messier and then I’m not quite as happy with the finished garment. So while it took extra time to finish this dress, I’m fairy satisfied with it. The best part about the dress to me is the pattern.