Top 5 Misses of 2012

Hello there! I hope you had a wonderful holiday! Mine was packed with tons of family events and I hosted Christmas for the first time. I feel like such an ADULT. I also got some really lovely sewing goodies which will definitely be popping up on the blog.

Since I’m still wrassling with photographing some of my successful recent makes, I thought I’d start out Gillian’s Top 5 lists with the projects that just didn’t come together as hoped.

Let’s start with the worst and work our way up to the salvageable, shall we?

1. The “Business in the front, tragedy in the back” skirt


This skirt was a riff on my favorite pattern, Simplicity 2451. I used some thrifted poly-cotton sheet material, so at least the fabric loss wasn’t unbearable. I had a vision of a floaty red gathered skirt with a mullet hem. The mullet hem came true, but I didn’t realize that I’d be able to see my inelegant center back seam. I also should have put in more gathers. This is a good example of what happens when I really want to make something but don’t want to put the work in to think it through!

Pattern: Simplicity 2451
Fabric: Thrifted poly-cotton blend

2. The Kelly skirt shelf-butt situation

Miss Navy Kelly Blue

While I attempted to correct what I’ve deemed “shelf-butt” by spacing the back pleats differently than the Kelly skirt pattern, here is photographic proof that I didn’t quite resolve it. I also should have picked a thicker fabric than Kona cotton, because there appears to be some awkward squelching below the waistband.

Pattern: Megan Nielsen “Kelly” skirt
Fabric: Kona cotton

3. Extreme wrinkles dress

Top 5 Misses of 2012

This dress doesn’t look *quite* as bad as it does in this picture, but the wrinkles are still pretty intense. The super-thick belt doesn’t do it any favors, either. I think, unlike the first two garments on this list, that this dress can be saved by a draw-string waist, a good iron and a better photograph.

Pattern: Vogue 1236 DKNY
Fabric: tie-dyed cotton

4. Citrus slice top

Top 5 Misses of 2012

This project is also salvageable. I haven’t been wearing it because I raced through the difficult bottom hem and it just looks so sloppy. I had thread that matched the darker orange thread but not the lighter. I’m definitely going to re-do this in 2013. Other than that, I love this pattern. The lines are awesome and it fits me perfectly. In fact, I’d love to do another one in a different fabric. Maybe a double-gauze?

Pattern: Vogue 1247 (Rachel Comey)
Fabric: Cotton lawn with cotton gauze

5. The super-thick dress

Top 5 Misses of 2012

Now, I’ve made this dress quite a few times. I love the pattern. But, I decided to make this one in a super thick cotton twill. Not only that, but it’s self-lined so it’s super thick. As I’m writing this, I’m considering the viability of taking the lining out and re-doing it with a lighter fabric to make it more wearable. I like the look, I really like the contrasting sleeves, but I just never reach for it… to be continued, perhaps.

Pattern: Simplicity 2281
Fabric: Cotton twill and denim

So there they are; the very public skeletons in my closet. Four out of five fell victim to poor fabric choice, two fell victim to haste, with one falling victim to both. Aside from the red skirt, I felt fairly positive about these projects when I finished them, but time proved them to be lackluster. In fact, until I started writing this post, I hadn’t realized how dissatisfied I was with some of them.

What have I learned from this list-making exercise? I feel like I’m always learning one lesson over and over; slow down when I’m sewing. Perhaps a new facet of this lesson is to slow down while I’m selecting a fabric. And when I start with fabric, don’t force it to fit a pattern.

Next up: Top 5 favorites of 2012!


4 thoughts on “Top 5 Misses of 2012

  1. For 5 fails they are pretty great and it's good to see that you haven't given up on them completely, especially the 'wrinkle dress'. I'd love for you to do a photo with you wearing the 'mullet' skirt.

  2. Ahh, what great observations! I've definitely been guilty of trying to force fabric to fit a pattern, and it really hasn't turned out well. 😦 Luckily, at least a few of these can be salvaged, and it would be totally worth it– they're great pieces!

  3. Thanks, Kirsty! It's nice to have some projects that can be saved! And I'll think about putting that skirt on again… *shudder* 😉

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