It. Is. Gorgeous. It came out exactly as I planned, and for the most part, went off without a hitch (aside from some unexpected cleanup around the V in the front where the seam line was bulkier than I thought it would be).
So, you know that thing where you try on a really gorgeous outfit in a store, but then discover that while it's awesome, it's just about the least flattering thing you could possibly do to your poor body? Disappointing, yes. But all you have to do is put it back on the rack and move on, though.
|front detail; elastic inverted-V empire waist|
Now imagine that you made that outfit yourself. You used pretty fabric you'd been saving for something special. You spent weeks planning, researching patterns, and drafting the final pattern to use. You spend weeks putting the dress together, expending ridiculous amounts of effort to make sure every last stitch is perfect and professional-looking, and end up making the emergency-last-minute fabric store trip three times to get the exact right parts.
|fake (decorative) buttons made from beads)|
Still, though, it came out beautifully, and I'm really proud of it. I'll probably never be able to wear it, though. I could lose all the weight in the world and I think I'd still be the wrong shape for this, but you never know.
|actual button (bead), and hand-made button loop|
When I was a kid, my mother had a similar sewing fail - a dress she made for herself that came out great, but looked awful. She ended up using it as the default "clothing" for her dressmaker's form, when she wasn't actually using it.
I think I'll do the same thing, if I ever get around to getting a dressmaker's form, hehe.