Sewing fails are something I’ve really come to terms with over the years. After all, what makes something a “miss”? Is it because it doesn’t fit, or the fabric wasn’t right? Does it include things you enjoyed making, but never actually wore? What about projects that were more experimental in colour or shape, and helped you figure out that, “No, that really doesn’t work for me”?
I love this category most when it reveals which projects looked amazing in a photoshoot, but never made it into rotation. And boy oh boy, do I have a lot of these in my sewing life – so welcome to my Top 10 list!
Things I’ve Given Away:
These are not bad projects, just ones that I thought would get worn more/look better on someone else!
I think wrap style tops like this look amazing on some people, but they always make me self-conscious about gaping or the double-layer of fabric over my stomach. (Technically this was a pattern test from 2016, but it was blogged in 2017 so I’m counting it!)
I love this Concord/Renfrew mashup in theory, but gold and black is not ideal on me! I remember that I bought the fabric in a moment of fabric store panic when they didn’t have many good prints, so it’s a good reminder not to buy stuff I know I won’t love! (My sister wore it the other day and looked great in it!)
One the one hand, I think I look kinda awesome in these Winslow Culottes… but on the other hand, I still gave them away! I enjoyed trying the pattern and I’m glad they have a new home.
I like this dress in theory, but never reached for it… so I gave it to my mom, who then lent it to my sister for a holiday party!
Bad Fabric Choices:
Folks, I HATE cotton lycra! I thought I might like it when it had an awesome print and was high quality, but ugh.
Ditto with cheap polyester sweater knits. There is no point even buying them. Having some rayon in the mix will make the sweater drape so much better! (This is from the deep stash and was used for pattern testing though, so I don’t mind that it didn’t turn out as a favourite garment!)
Silk noile knit sounds so fun, right? I never got rid of the fishy smell though, so it languishes in my closet!
Only Worn Once – but I’ll Try Again Next Year!
This outfit is way outside my comfort zone… but I’m going to give it a try in spring and see if it works!
When is it warm enough for a t-shirt and cool enough for velvet? Only for a about a week in fall or spring, and then the weather changes. I have worn this on weekends and enjoyed it… and maybe it will get pulled out over the holiday season? It cost a whole $5 though, so I don’t regret it!
Experiments The Didn’t Turn Out
This top is maybe the closest to a fail that made it onto the blog. I knew as soon as I finished it that the style wasn’t for me. I’d been eyeing this pattern for weeks though, and the fabric was cheap and also experimental in colour, so again, I don’t regret it!
So there we have it! 10 less-than-successful projects from 2017 (that’s almost one a month!) I know a lot of people online mention guilt about projects that didn’t work out – the time and fabric wasted, the environmental impact, and so on. I get that, but I also feel like being experimental is part of why I love sewing. Some experiments turn out to be favourites, and some don’t! I love a TNT as much as the next person, but sewing only safe projects would be boring!