Thank you for your sympathetic comments on my last post. (JuliaRu, if I had a way to directly contact you, I would have because your sweet comment made me feel SO much better.)
I was distraught and I have since calmed down, waaay down.
To answer your questions, the fabric is a "linen look" blend of non-natural fibers. I don't like wearing natural fibers generally because they wrinkle easily and I hate looking like a wrinkled mess, especially after carefully ironing a garment only to look like I'm wearing something that was last seen balled up in a corner. But it was probably a combo of that (as several suggested) and the fabric being cut off grain like Gwen suggested.
Anyway, I decided to wear the dress to work today and guess what, now I like it!
So here I am, just awakened....before work...
And here it is after wearing it all day:
So there are horizontal wrinkles across the skirt part of the dress, from sitting down, which runs into the pucker situation on the side seams. Somehow this now makes it all ok, like it's just normal wear. Even if the side seam wasn't puckered, the wrinkles would be there no matter what--it's the nature of this kind of pegged skirt design.
So I have made peace with this design.
Side view after wearing all day:
But yes, Summer Flies, that button *is* the bomb:
Ok, so based on your advice, I am going to buy the regular ham, ham stand and seam roll from Stitch Nerd. Excitement fills the air!!!
No one is going to take the jeans class on Pattern Review.com with me?? Sniff.
Cookies anyone? I made them tonight, Nestle Toll House chocolate chip with walnuts from scratch. YUM! The ones in the bags will be distributed at my meditation group tomorrow. The big container is a thank you for my chiropractor.
Velosewer thanks for baking with me via twitter! It was fun!
Ok, I feel better now!!