With highs must come lows! Here are my misses or fails of the year, all for different reasons.
Ah, the green coat of doom. Clearly the least successful of the three coats I’ve made. What can I say, it was a learning experience. I had high hopes. In the end I think my main errors were: using a pattern variation that was never going to be flattering on me, trying to over-fit the pattern, using the wrong kind of interfacing, and using too much heat during pressing. Pretty major ones! But I certainly won’t make those mistakes again.
Sorry Maria, but turns out making clothes out of curtains just isn’t a good idea. I loved the fabric print and the concept but it just doesn’t work because the fabric is way too stiff, weirdly creases but doesn’t press, and isn’t comfortable. Boo!
No fault of the pattern at all: I made one mistake after the other, and the fabric proved flimsy and prone to pilling. Ended up at a charity shop.
I love the concept of this look and I may well make another attempt at it with a shirt pattern from scratch. But, as a re-fashion rookie I made a huge mistake: using a “no press” shirt. Turns out… wait for it… they don’t press. Which means they’re practically impossible to sew with. And, it’s horribly sweaty. Men, how do you manage?!
Yep, Ginger Jeans were both in my Top and Bottom 5 this year! One key thing I’ve learned is that fabric quality is EVERYTHING with jeans. I snap up Heather’s Cone Mills kits whenever they’re available because the quality is night and day with everything else I’ve tried. I had high hopes when I finally found white denim but alas, these just don’t look good on. They stretch and bag in all the wrong places and make me feel uncomfortable.
So there we have it! A mixture of reasons for my “fails” but also lots learned, and what is sewing but a continual learning experience?
Did you have any major fails this year? Do you try to salvage projects or do you just chuck ’em over to the charity shop like me?