Can you have a ‘top five fails’? Or is it a ‘bottom five fails’? Anyway, here they are!
First up, the Death Star shirt dress. I have two reasons for this being a failure, and one is not the fault of the dress. Every time I have worn it I had a lousy day at work, and that’s become associated with the dress. That can’t be helped.
The second one’s less fixable. I used to get serious RSI. I have it under control now and very rarely get problems, but some peculiar things set it off: including pressure on my elbows from the narrow sleeves in this dress! Who would have thought it? I love the fabric but my hands have to come first.
Second failure: my first pair of shorts. There’s actually nothing wrong with these, but the zip broke and I never fixed them because the velvet shorts made from the same pattern completely displaced them in my affections. They have been lurking in my fabric box ever since. Sorry, shorts.
In third place we have the first Vogue 1250. I liked this dress right after I made it but changed my mind after wearing it to work. It’s too slinky. It lacks pockets. The style is not quite me, which is odd when you consider how similar it is to my beloved top make of 2012, Burda 116-08-2011. This dress works for everyone else in the world. Why doesn’t it work for me? I still like this photo, just not the actual dress.
And then we have two failures for the price of one: a Vogue 1250 and a Burda 117-02-2012. I mostly blame this on the fabric choice; they were both made from a red and white striped jersey that was a bit too thin and clingy. There is no photographic evidence of the striped Vogue, for which we should all be grateful. But here’s the Burda. Baaaad stripe placement on the bodice doesn’t help.
And having seared your eyeballs with that, here are my top five sewing lessons of 2012 to (hopefully) take the taste away.
- Fabric choice totally matters. If I’m not 100% certain about the fabric I shouldn’t sew the garment. My two biggest failures were all about the fabric, and so were quite a few of the successes.
- If a pattern works, sew it more than once. This was the year of repeat makes: I think eleven out of 24 were repeats. It’s so nice to be able to sew something quickly without fussing about the fit!
- You can sew buttons on by machine and they stay put. Revelation. Never again will I fear the shirt dress.
- Clear elastic is a godsend for knits. It alone saved the neckline on my turquoise dress from stretching to my navel.
- Change the needles on the overlocker already. Enough said.