Last year I cited the lack of “misses” as a sign that I did not craft enough. This year I have opportunities to keep learning and improving my craft. The following projects have tested my patience, made me feel like I wasted materials and time, and pushed me to confront my conflation of mistake with failure. Having embraced curiosity as my word of 2016, I am determined to figure out how to remake these “misses” into something that are hits.
Blouse made without seam allowance:
I was so proud of this sleeveless top. The under stitching on the facing was superb, the back button and keyhole were crisp. But i didn’t realize that pattern I downloaded DID NOT INCLUDE seam allowances, and when I put it on, I knew I would not be able to wear it as-is. I may be able to open the seams and add some creative color blocking to make it fit, but that is a low-priority project at this point.
My slipper boots:
I was excited for these slipper boots, and I am committed to finishing them for the experience. The crazy wide cables don’t flatter my full calves and I am no longer excited about them. I may keep them or I may find someone for whom they will be perfect.
The too-small forager cardigan:
I finished this sleeveless cardigan at the end of summer, and have not had a chance to wear it yet. Every time I look at it on the hanger in my closest, I am more certain that I did not have the correct knitting gauge. I think I can make the vest cardigan work in the spring, but it doesn’t have the drape that I originally fell in love with on the pattern model.
Low-quality knit fabric:
The greatest enemy of a beloved sewing project is low quality fabric. Below are two garments that I enjoy wearing – they are comfortable and are styles that I look and feel good in. However, both were made from low-quality polyblend knit fabrics that are pilling in all friction areas. I was lured by the 50% off remnant bin at Joann’s and did not look closely at the fiber content.
I will continue wearing both of these garments and I’ll try to keep trimming the pills, but I fear that their lifespan will be shorter than most handmade garments.
Wool Pencil Skirt:
This “miss” may very well work out in the long run. After altering a self-drafted skirt pattern to account for wider hips, I completely forgot to add the seam allowance on the center back/zipper seam. I have already figured out how I will attempt to remedy this – add a black faux leather stripe down both side seams. I have been sitting on this correction and this project for almost a year now. I’m struggling to gather my courage and face this mistake face to face.
Tomorrow: Top 5 Non-Sewing Highlights of 2016!