Monday, September 16, 2013

Pattern Placement Fail

I've been plugging away on my Thakoon silk Saltspring. Construction has been going very slow, but it's been so rewarding. I've been enjoying the process so much (except for a few swearing episodes hear and there). The fabrics were easier to sew than I anticipated and pressed great.

Well, last night was the first time I've been able to try on the almost finished dress. I only have a hem left. And... Epic. Pattern. Placement. Failure. 

So, I love the front:

And the back?  Guess where this design falls? Use your imagination because there's no way I'm going to model this. :-)

You might say "this is unfortunate". Or, the phrase baboon ass might come to mind. Either or, they're both accurate.

Even with this unfortunate turn of events, I will say that I'm so happy with my pattern matching. Really, one must laugh and look at the positives when one is presented with the reality of a design flaw of this magnitude. I don't know how I could have overlooked this.

I've been back and forth trying to convince myself that everything is okay, and asking my family to weigh in. Despite them saying it looks fine, I know it doesn't. I'm trying to convince myself otherwise, but in my heart I know what must be done. I'm going to redo the back of the skirt. It's going to be a major pain in the ass (no pun intended), but I need to not feel self conscious in something that I've invested so much time and energy in. This is supposed to be an epically awesome dress, damn it! 

I'm not sure if I'll have to completely unpick the entire back, waist and zipper (probably) or find a shortcut and only partially unpick, but I know it will be worth it. I just need to wait for the fabric to come in, and will probably console myself with some quick, easy projects in the meantime.

Has anyone else encountered "inappropriate" pattern placement on a finished or partially finished garment and if so, what did you do?


  1. Oh no!!! I'm so sorry you got derailed like this! But I think you're doing the right thing by doing it over. Not gonna lie, I saw it immediately. And even if it weren't super noticeable, if you know it's there, you will never be comfortable in it, and that's the most important thing! I say drown your sorrows in a Renfrew or two :-)

    1. Yeah, I definitely need to rethink this one.) I'm not sure if I want to just try repositioning the pattern? Maybe switch and re-cut the entire skirt on the cross grain, or even bias to avoid other unfortunate incidents? I'm just going to have to keep playing around and see what looks best because this dress will not defeat me :)

      I think you're right. A Renfrew is just what I need to cleanse the palate. Or, possibly an Avocado hoodie.

  2. LOL!...I just made a dress and it has a pretty nice sized flower right on the butt!...but in my defense the fabric has flowers all over it so I just let it go and wore it with pride...none of my girlfriends said anything so I guess it wasn't that big of a deal...the fabric is so pretty too....oh well....this dress is STILL lovely! :)

    1. Thank you so much for sharing! I would have done the same as you if this was a different fabric - wear it with pride and tell myself that I'm probably the only one who notices. I actually spent a number of hours trying to convince myself that this was the case here :)