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This post is a little more difficult than the last (top 5 hits), as I tend to ditch unsatisfactory projects far before they reach the blog. With that in mind, these are my top 5 misses for 2017:
1. Closet Case Ginger Jeans
This is a tricky one, as I actually really love my Closet Case Ginger Jeans and wear them all the time. But the quality of materials used makes this a project a failure for me. The denim quickly pilled and is still bleeding dye onto everything, despite numerous washings. And the notions which I purchased direct from Closet Case Patterns are cheap and plastic-y, and the button very soon began to bend off at an angle. Sewing jeans, never again.
2. Simplicity 3754 denim skirt
This skirt sucked for similar reasons. The dark denim rubbed white at seams even while sewing, and looked worn (not in a good way) before the first wearing. I’ve also found it’s too much trouble for what it’s worth to try and fit straight skirts to my body due to a weird waist-hip ratio I have going on. I donated this, mostly unworn, to Vinnies.
3. Merino Paola Turtleneck Tee
I adore this top and don’t consider it a “miss” per se, it just wasn’t right for me. I’m still new to sewing with merino jersey and was uncertain of which weight to purchase when making online orders (you wouldn’t see quality fabrics like merino jersey within 100kms of where I live!). This Paola turtleneck tee turned out a bit too thin for my liking, despite how much I love the colour and style. It’s made a new home with Naomi, so this one has a happy ending!
4. Style Arc Adeline Top
Again, I love this top, but circumstances beyond my control have made it a flop. Although I overlocked the seams, I must have clipped a bit too deeply to the kimono underarm, as our new (brutal!) washing machine tore those seam allowances to shreds. My usually reliable narrow machine-turned hem also came undone in the wash.
I’ve refinished the seams and sewn another, deeper hem, but I don’t expect this top to last long against the new machine. Guess it’s french seams all the way when I’m sewing rayon now!
5. Ottobre 5/2016 #5 – vintage lines ribbed sweater
This wasn’t a terrible pattern, just a matter of poor fabric choice. A 100% cotton jersey with minimal stretch will never be a good substitute for a rib knit with good stretch and recovery. Like a lot of my projects, this was really just sewn to use up fabric I had hanging around the house, and ended up at the op shop.