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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Turning Mistakes Into Treasures

On Friday I shared a few sneak peeks at a 19th century Regency gown I had recently made. Over and over the thing that people said that they loved the most was the six button back. I’m gonna share a secret. Those buttons cover a HUGE mistake.


This is what the back of the gown should look like. Three buttons.

Three. Not six.

You see I have a problem with my own body image. It goes back years. I struggle with thinking that I am bigger than I actually am. Can anyone relate? So even though I measured myself, when it came time to cut the pattern out I said “No way is the pattern going to fit me.” So I went up two sizes. Two. Then I sewed for several hours. On the second day of sewing I began attaching the bodice to skirt. I took it off the mannequin because it wasn’t fitting.

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I carefully, pins and all, put the dress on my self. It was huge! Sigh. Any good seamstress knows that at this point it was too late. So I just kept sewing.

One of the last steps was to add the button closure. I stopped. If I moved the buttons several inches over the dress would fit. But the back of the dress would look horribly lopsided.

I considered doing this and then photographing the dress from the front and side only.


Unless I simply added three more faux buttons to the other side to balance it all out.

Upon finishing the dress the Fashionista said “I LOVE the back!”

Mr. D├ęcor said “The buttons are great!”

They didn’t make one single comment on the scalloped overlay on the front of the skirt that I spent two hours on to get right.

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All that work and the corrected mistake turned out to be the eye pleasing feature.

Hmmmm. Humbling. It makes you think…on many levels.


"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." ~2 Corinthians 12:9


Angela Boone said...

I love this dress! So pretty and so elegant! It's going to look great on you.

Sandi said...

Love the dress! The color is spectacular.

Laura Ingalls Gunn...was your maiden name Laura Ingalls? Too cool. Are you a descendant?

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Every detail of this dress is amazing. I love it.

Lisa said...

So beautiful Laura! How funny about the buttons but they really do add something so special to the gown. You did a fabulous job on this!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The dress is absolutely gorgeous and the six button feature at the back is the best mistake you've made ;)

Linda Merritt said...

You realize, and you must ;), that we in the peanut gallery have only seen the back. Now I'm looking forward to the carefully planned front. If those glorious three extra buttons were an afterthought, then we're in for something great!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Very pretty and no one would ever know that you made a mistake.


Lorrie said...

It's lovely Laura, and I love the way that you have taken a life lesson from this - it's so true that we all make mistakes, and the One who created us can make something beautiful of us in spite of it all.

Linda said...

Love this!! Thanks for sharing from your heart and your dress (and you) is beautiful!!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

The dress is beautiful and the way you corrected your mistake is nothing short of brilliant!!