I keep pinning it and re-pinning it, pressing it and re-pressing it. I try it on and take it off. Rinse and repeat. It's crooked no matter what I do. And it just looks more wretched and rumply with every attempt.
The more I fuss with it, the more frustrated I get. I feel like I'm defiling the dress--just getting my grubby hands all over this lovely silk fabric. While it was once a pristine length of fabric straight off the bolt, now I can only see it as this mangled thing that I keep making uglier every time I touch it.
This is a straight hem. This dress is a rectangle. I don't even like this pattern that much!
Sometimes, I feel like VoNBBS is mocking me. They just make it all sound so easy, you know? When they suggest that you hand-baste the entire damn dress together for a fitting, here's what they say:
" These are long seams and hand work, so why not turn on the radio . . . get a Coke or a cup of tea . . . and enjoy yourself while basting."They might as well suggest that adorable woodland creatures are going to come gather around and help me baste, all while singing a merry tune. Seriously, stop being so damn chipper, VoNBBS. I've had it with you for tonight.
I hope that my perspective (along with my ability to hem things) has been restored by tomorrow.
Also: am I going crazy? Have you ever suddenly been unable to complete the most basic sewing task?