It’s quite interesting, I found picking the top 5 worst items much harder than my top 5 favourite. Some of these I haven’t blogged, some I haven’t even sewn (but wait, I can explain!) Understanding what didn’t work will hopefully prevent too many more of these wadders in the future. These all went awry for different reasons.
I have never worn this top. This was the first item I made when I decided to really get back into garment sewing (and to take it seriously) and it is terrible. The neckline was stretched out, it’s cut off grain, and completely half arsed in every way A betting man would estimate this was done with a normal sewing needle, straight stitch and definitely no clue. It’s not worth saving, and will get cut up soon to become baby dribble bibs, which is a much better fate than languishing at the back of the closet.
Grey pinstripe skirt
I need to try this again, I love the look of the pattern, but the skirt is an unlined, poorly finished, pointy darted mess. It’s so bad there isn’t even a photo of it. If you fancy imagining it, think of how you would have made this at high school sewing, and thats pretty much about it. I might yet blog it, but it is awful.
Baby turtleneck dress
While super cute, my baby has a giant melon of a head. I never managed to get this over her head again, and as a result I now will be cutting out weirdly sized baby clothes with giant necklines, super skinny sides and very long. I suspect she may actually be an alien. I doubt a human could really consume as much yoghurt as she does.
I love the look of the Heidi and Finn patterns, but I struggle with the quality of the patterns, and would prefer to pay the extra for oliver and s.
Turns out loose drapey hand wash blouses are never going to get a look in around my house. This was just a terrible combination of a stiff print on a silk, a poor sizing choice, and a lack of reality about my lifestyle. Oh, and the darts give me pointy boobs.
Oliver and S pants
I bought the oliver and S Field trip cargo pants and raglan t-shirt pattern (wow, what a mouthful!) to make for my bestie’s babe, B. He’s a gorgeous little boy, one week younger than mine. I made 5 of the raglan tops quick smart, and cut out three pairs of pants.
Last week I threw out the cut out pieces. This pattern is lovely, but for running around pants there are just too many pieces. I know I would love it if I made them, but when he will outgrow them in 3 months I’m not spending all that time pressing cargo pockets, and top stitching tiny little trousers.
The pattern is worth it for the t-shirt, but I wouldn’t make the pants (or try) for an under 2 again.
So really, the big thing for me is to think about what and why I am sewing – and to plan out my projects appropriately. Any other tips?