Top 5 (3?) misses of 2018

Last time I shared my top 5 hits of 2018, part of Gillian’s annual top 5 series. Today I’m sharing the projects that didn’t go quite so well. My misses of 2018 are:

1. Refashioned jumpsuit

Woman stands against garden fence. She wears matching tropical top and shorts, silver runners and panama hat.

I finished this at the end of last year, and OH MY GOSH WHAT WAS I THINKING. Everything about this outfit is terrible, and I want to burn my computer just to get rid of this picture. Once I realised what I looked like in it, the jumpsuit went straight to the op shop.

2. Hemlock Tee

A woman stands in front of a garden fence. She wears a blue long sleeve tee with white cloud-like print, black leggings and silver runners. She is smiling. A cat poses in front of her.

This is less a miss and more just one of those unfortunate things that happens to garments. The neckline of one of the many Hemlock tees I sewed this year stretched out in the wash, and hangs off my shoulders. It’s currently sitting at the bottom of my wardrobe while I decide its fate (likely, fancy scraps). Eh, I’ve got enough Hemlocks to go around.

3. In the Folds Wide Leg Pants

A woman stands against a garden fence. She wears magenta wide leg crop pants, a black skivvy, black ankle boots, and a tan felt hat.

I really wanted to love these pants. But I had to accept that they were just too tight around the waist, and that in general I find high waisted pants too uncomfortable to wear for more than 0.5 seconds. I think I’ll accept my elastic pant fate and leave the high waisted, stiff jeans for the youths.


And that’s it! I’ve made more this year that went to the op shop, or was sold, but I don’t consider them misses as such, just projects that didn’t work out for me. I’m actually quite proud of myself that I’ve come to the point of generally being happy with the quality of my creations, and if it isn’t for me, then it was a learning experience.

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic feminist and disability advocate.

14 thoughts on “Top 5 (3?) misses of 2018”

  1. So the jumpsuit may not have been a success, but the shoes are great!

    Have you considered trying a box pleat in the back neckline of the Hemlock to reduce it? I use this to bring in necklines on tops I really like that I have purchased . It is not uncommon for the neckline to expose more than it should and I have found it is often because the back neck is cut too wide. Just a thought☺️

    Cheers and a belated Happy New Year


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    1. That’s a good idea Sharron, but I just couldn’t be bothered in a quick knit tee! Sewing neckbands is my least favourite job and I hate to think of unpicking and resewing one to fit a new neckline.

      Happy New Year!


  2. Though these may be “misses”, you still did an amazing job on them and I’m glad you’re able to view them positively and feel (rightfully!) proud of the quality of your work! Those pants are incredible, by the way, it’s too bad they didn’t work out!

    This post has reminded me that I need to go through all of my makes, try them on, and decide which to keep, which to repurpose and which to donate. Last year had so many misses, largely due to an inability to focus and battered self esteem. I’m so glad my sewing has started getting back on track!

    Sending you lots and lots of love!

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    1. It is a shame about the pants, hopefully someone who picks them up at the op shop will love them and give them a good home.

      I’m glad your sewing is getting back on track too! I did the same thing with my WHOLE WARDROBE earlier this year, & it was quite the eye-opener. There were so many clothes that I hadn’t worn in a long time but I thought were fine, but when I tried them on they were just not my style anymore (or didn’t fit, or whatever). It’s a helpful exercise for determining your style. Lots of love to you too!


  3. Oh no, shame about the hemlock tee as I love that design! I like that you’ve shared the misses, not everything goes totally to plan but we live and learn, and I look forward to seeing what else you come up with in 2019! 🙂
    Caz xx

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