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 one 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 this 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.
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. Décor 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.
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