Today's unfinished, now-finished garment is a white and cream floral silk from Butterick 5455, a Maggy London dress with a midriff band and slanted pockets. Now this is one that I had made previously and know fits well. This version was begun at around the same time but got put away unfinished and remained untouched to this very day. And the sad thing is, it didn't need that much work!
I needed to finish the back closure by adding a hook and eye to the top of the zipper and finish the back seam by completing the seam below the invisible zipper. (Death to back vents! They always pull and ride up and make me look vaguely pornographic... NOT what I am going for!)
I also needed to finish the arm-holes, something that I've never entirely figured out the best way to do on this pattern...
Finally, I need to reinforce all the side seams... For reasons lost to the mists of time, 2011 Jenny decided that the side seams of this dress should be sewn on the serger. Not just finished, but outright sewn on the serger. There is a bit of stretch to this fabric and it's not necessarily a problem except that my serger is not great. The tension is never, EVER right and so all the seams of this dress look like this:
So I fixed and finished these minor things and wound up with a very pretty dress.
Yes, this is indeed a very pretty dress. A very pretty, and entirely impractical dress. A very pretty, impractical dress which I will likely never have an opportunity to wear. Because here is the thing about white, floral, silk brocade dresses... there is NO occasion in my life where this sort of attire is appropriate! In the end, this has a very "garden party" vibe. Sadly the only places I ever wear "garden party chic" is daytime weddings... and I know that the rules around wedding guest attire has relaxed, but I still think most people frown upon wearing white silk. So.
I do love this dress though so I might eventually decide that it is work wear, practicality be damned. Dressing down otherwise "dressy" dresses is the primary reason I own approximately 352 cardigans in every color imaginable. (Secondary reasons include: "but they are so pretty!" "I don't own THIS shade of purple," and "Victoria's Secret is having a sale on their silk-cashmere blends.")
But never mind all that! Let's look at the fun details!
I also used the self-fabric piping to finish the pocket and neckline. I think this sort of detail separates the luxe from the lazy (or cheap, but that doesn't have the same fun alliteration). And hey, if I am going to take 2 years to make a dress? It better be pretty darn awesome!
So 3.5 UFOs down... and a frighteningly large number to go!