Me Made May was quite a spark for me to continue evaluating my wardrobe. I had already paired down my closet and done a little work with the Wardrobe Architect series, so taking pictures and trying to make outfits during MeMadeMay was a logical step in continuing the process. So, while digging through my closet for me made clothes to wear, I was confronted with my decision to save anything handmade from my initial paring down session.
Frankly there’s stuff in there that doesn’t get worn much. My solution is to trot it out for all to see and ask you to chime in on it. And hence, my Throwback Sew Days posts begin.
First up for evaluation is this Butterick 5029 dress I made a few years back. It’s a cotton in an almost tribal print detail.
My evaluation: At the time, I modified the front cross over portion of the bodice to cover a bit more. You can see I wasn’t quite successful. I have more coverage but it’s too wide where the ties cross my shoulders. I think putting in a little tuck will make it more narrow at the shoulder and may help with the gapping at the bust. The waist yoke is also a little too wide. I should have adjusted it more for my short waist. There’s no fixing it now.
I go back and forth on if this color is flattering for me, it’s pretty close to my skin tone.
So what do you think? Is it a keeper or should I put it in the upcycle pile?