It's that time of year again. Time to break out the bagel guillotine for my special breakfast with my work team. Time to think about the place of tipping in American society. Time to be bitterly disappointed by the holiday gift experience.
And it's time to have a retrospective on one's year in sewing! (though, truthfully, this is the first year I've done such a retrospective).
My sewing was stifled by my back injury but I somehow persevered and sewed approximately 31 garments and 1 pillow this year (and there are still a few weeks left--who knows what else I will make??).
I thought I would break this up into a few posts.
First up, the Epic Fails (the Fighting Fails?). These wadders are sad, sad, sad.
1. The unintentional Star Trek dress. I loved the 60's style dress on the pattern envelope but in real life, that front seam, the neckline, collar, and my fabric choice wrote this dress off as a Star Trek costume wanna-be.
The expression on my face really sums it up, don't you think? (I spent how long and how much money on this and it looks like this? ARGH!)
As I recall I wrote something to the effect of, "just get me a triangle patch and beam me up!"
2. Next up is this gem (cough cough). Yeah, that belt is not saving it.
Not really A-line, not really straight shift dress, the fabric, bizarre pooling on the back and overall styling made me look heavier than I really am.
I remember the day I made this, it was pouring rain. I should have stayed in bed. Or read a sewing book.
In serious need of a sway back adjustment.
Another priceless expression:
3. I loves me a cowl neck, but this is just weird.
While the fabric was ok generally, it didn't seem to drape very well for a cowl neck...and it's a challis! You know, challis, the home of the drape! very bizarre. Plus once I cut the length off this shirt, it seemed to have lost its charm. The pleating detail at the shoulder seam was annoying and frustrating. Sewing the yoke was a test of my patience. I actually finished this but it has never, ever been worn.
Cute detailing on the back does not save this shirt.
4. I love ruffles, but this was too much. I could not get the upper ruffle to lie properly. I tried many times to save this, but alas, no dice. (I have an idea of how to rescue this shirt...by removing the ruffles and adding something else...possibly I'll try over the New Year weekend).
5. This is supposed to be a square cowlneck, only it's more like a drunken square
I've never worn this because everytime I put it on, I think, "that neckline is so wonky!"
(I did make it again, sleeveless, and the next time it came out more square and I wore it quite a lot...saving that for my "epic win" post).
6. I made this hat as an attempt at winning a Sewing Pattern Review contest. Even though I cut out every flower and leaf and sewed them on by hand, it was an epic fail. Not only did I not win the contest, I don't have the guts to wear this hat out of the house.
7. Fabric: too stretchy, too clingy. Neckline: too low. "Skirt" of the shirt: always screams maternity to me. I felt totally uncomfortable wearing this out of the house. My chest is too small for this kind of shirt. FAIL.
8. Ugh. This is pretty lackluster. It's supposed to have very cute gathers on the side, but it just didn't work out. Plus the crossing v-neck was always crossing in a weird manner.
9. Oh, first garment I sewed this year. Sad, sad floppy cowl neckline. Sad.
(Hmmm...I'm actually tempted to take the collar off that one and interface it and try it again?)
So, what have I learned from my epic fails?
1. Fabric choice is essential. Don't go making dresses out of 100% cotton if you hate wrinkles. Evaluate if the fabric is good for garments first.
2. Don't make something in an attempt to win a Sewing Pattern Review contest. Seek extrinsic validation elsewhere.
3. Save hemming for the very end.
4. Don't sew a red dress for a while.
5. Set a time limit for trying to "save" a garment. Gotta know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run. Er, and yet I'm still going to try to save two of these. Well, we're all a bit hypocritical, right?
6. Time does not heal all wounds. It still stings to look at some of these garments!
So I hope you enjoyed my 2009 epic fails! I'll continue the retrospective soon!