With the sheer volume of things I sew, I tend to forget about the “misses” – they just sit unworn or end up in a pile of laundry somewhere unnoticed. Live and learn, though, so here’s a rundown of things that didn’t quite work out!
1. Jegging Marris Blazer
I thought this was going to be a match made in heaven… but I’ve never worn this jacket. I don’t like the way the contrast turned out, and I don’t like how the light side of the material reads as shiny and highlights all the wrinkles. I tried adjusting the fit at the shoulders on both my Morris jackets, and went a bit too far. (For what it’s worth, I’ve never worn the leggings I made from the dark side of the same fabric, so maybe jegging fabric is just not for me. Sure seems like I should love it though!)
2. Say “No!” to Pastels
I was so excited to find this Liberty-esque french terry locally that I totally ignored how the bright colours read as pastel from afar. The contrast bands and short arms are because I didn’t buy quite enough fabric. I’ve made lots of versions of this Jalie hoodie pattern, and I wear this one the least because it’s just so not me.
3. Even TNT patterns can go wrong
I have made and loved at least 15 variations of the Mission maxi pattern… but this one ended up a smidge tight. (These are the only pics from my whole year where I’m wearing shapewear underneath!) I love all the colours in this print, but I’m not loving the overall dress. I’ll give it another chance next summer, and if it’s not getting loved, I’ll cut it off and make it a knee-length pj dress.
4. Poor Pattern Design
This SHOULD have been a really pretty top. Beautiful floral jersey, bright cotton lace… and what it ended up being is unwearable. The pattern is the In-House Kimono tee, which is drafted for a D-cup and should have been perfect for me. Instead, I ended up taking inches out of the sides and back, even though my hops are actually bigger than the pattern size. The real problem is that the sleeves have no shaping – it’s just like a poncho that gets sewn up at the sides. As a result, if I lift my arm the whole hem flies waaaay up and shows my belly button. Not cool. I tried to alter it on the fly, but I couldn’t figure out how to save it.
5. Polyester Knits
There’s a whole new generation of polyester knits that became widespread this year – suddenly, scuba and quilted knits where everywhere! I enjoyed experimenting, but I’m not in love. This quilted poly knit top has a scratchy backing which sits against the skin, the neckline gapes because of the minimal stretch, and (TMI?) it takes a heavy-duty deodorant to cope with wearing a thick poly top all day! Likewise, the scuba leggings I made are fine as PJs, but slightly sweaty, which then leads to feeing cold. Who needs that when cotton and rayon exist? I do love ITY fabric, and I’m in no way against polyester… but now I’m a little more picky about looking for softer quilted knits and poly-blends.
What can I learn from these less successful projects? First, to be careful picking my fabrics. And secondly, don’t make new patterns with fabric you like! Nothing too revolutionary there, but a good reminder to shop and sew wisely.
Have you started thinking about your Top 5 lists yet? Or if you aren’t planning on joining in, maybe you could tell us in the comments what your most and least favourite makes of the year have been!