It was inevitable I guess. I finally made a Martha dress I don't like, so after two successful versions (ditsy print and polka dot) I was third time unlucky!
This has nothing to do with the Tilly and the Buttons pattern of course and everything to do with my fabric choice. You see, Martha's predominantly designed with drapey fabrics in mind and although my two ponte versions worked out wonderfully, I think scuba was a step too far.
What I dislike most is how bulky the scuba makes it look. The princess seams are fine to be honest, but the sleeves pull and crease in annoying ways and I really should have adapted them to eliminate the gathered sleeve-heads.
The weight of the fabric also pulls down on the bodice making it a smidge too long, even thought the length is perfect on my other versions.
Finally, I assumed scuba would be stable enough to not need reinforcing at the waistline, so I omitted my go-to waist-stay on this version. I really regret this decision now as it doesn't nip me in quite as much as I'd like it to.
The worst thing is that all of this could probably be rectified without too much hassle. But having started this dress back in August/September and dragged my feet about it, I'm kind of sick of the sight of it. I wore it once to a sewing blogger meet-up in Leicester (organised by the lovely folk at Crafty Sew & So), but I honestly don't think I'll ever wear it again.
It's ok though, being a die-hard fan of the pattern I've made a fourth Martha (you can't stop me!) and it's my favourite yet. I'll be sharing it later this week!
Have you ever fallen out of love with a version of a tried-and-tested pattern? What went wrong for you?