It’s time for my Top 5 Misses – i.e. the clothes that never get worn! Now, I have to say that only one of these is a real fail… the rest just turned out to be “meh”. I have a LOT of clothes at this point, and if it’s not a favourite, it won’t get worn.
First up was this top:
Cute, but NEVER WORN! Not even once, except for these pics. I’m not comfortable wearing tops that are snug around the middle – there’s just no way to avoid muffin top. Plus the binding flips out, and it’s not modest enough for teaching in, but not comfy enough for weekend lounging. Boo hoo!
Next up, in the same vein, two faux wrap dresses:
So. Many. Stripes! Wore it once, maybe?
Love this fabric, but don’t feel confident enough that the neckline will stay put through the day. Of course I can wear a cami, but that messes up the wrap in a different way. As well, the elastic waist stay I used in this dress is pretty hefty, and feels bulky when I wear leggings underneath.
The good news is that I have extra fabric of both the cherry print and the turquoise/green splodges. One day I might get the motivation up to somehow splice in a different bodice so that these things get worn! I hate seeing good fabric go to waste.
Worn… once? I think that what annoys me most about this dress is that the armholes are too big, so when I raise my arms the whole dress lifts up too, revealing my slip. (Can you see it in the far left pic?) The neckline is also slightly stretched out… normally I’d just throw a cardi over top and call it good enough, but the shoulders are the best part of this dress and a cardigan covers that up. I did manage to make a cute raglan top out of the scraps though, so I don’t begrudge this dress for not working out.
Now for the real fail:
Look, I love some of the Cake patterns. I’ve made a total of about 25 Tiramisus and Espressos, combined. But this pattern? It’s really, really not what I expected from the line drawings! I made two versions of this, including an adorable piped one, and they came out hideously wrong. I did manage to (sort of) save this pink ponte version by attaching the circular ruffle to a TNT pattern instead, but it still doesn’t get worn.
There you have it! One of the reasons I like using patterns over and over is to avoid total disasters… when I’m stressed and sewing for relaxation, I always choose a low-risk project. Every now and them I’m in the mood to experiment, and it’s ok when those go awry. (I tried a few ideas for cute pjs over the summer which didn’t work at all, but they were really just muslins, so who cares? Likewise, last Christmas I sewed a lined quilting cotton dress just to prove to myself that I still remembered how… That thing is NEVER getting worn when I have knit dresses to choose instead!) I like sewing to be a creative release and an emotional safety net.
How about you? Are your least favourite projects this year TNTs that went astray, random experiments, or wild adventures that just didn’t work out?