The rocky start of my love affair with Mesa

You may not have picked up on the fact that I'm madly in love with the Seamwork Mesa, since I've only blogged about her twice so far, when talking about my rainbow and 4th of July hacks.  But I've made this dress 8 more times that I haven't blogged about yet.  I'm going to write up some posts to rectify that, starting with the very first one I made.

I have to admit, when I made this first version back in August of 2015, I wasn't very impressed.  I used a rayon spandex jersey that I got as part of Girl Charlee's knitfix from earlier that year and lined it in a swimsuit lining that I got from Hancock a million years ago when that store still existed.

The main thing I didn't like about the dress was the fact that the shape of the dress just didn't work well with my apple shape.  Also, the neck band was way too long and so the neckline would sort of bow out, instead of laying flat like it's supposed to.  I just wasn't comfortable wearing it and so it just sat in my closet.

Fast forward a couple years later, I try on the dress after losing some weight and I actually like the way it fits.  So, I made a couple more and would still occasionally wear this one.  But the neckline drove me crazy, and I was constantly fussing with it when I did wear it.

So, this week, I finally just sat down and unpicked the neck band, shortened the piece, and then reattached it.  I'm SOOOO glad I did!

I wonder if I'd made a larger size back when I first made this dress, if I would have fallen in love sooner...

Do you have any garments that you didn't like when you first made them, but then later decided you loved?  Tell us all about it in the comments!


  1. Good save! I made a Sewaholic Renfrew cowlneck top years ago that was just a little tighter than I liked to wear. I've since become more comfortable with the fit and it's one of my favorites.


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