Another year over, and now it's time for this year's sewing reflections! ;)
Misses (in chronological order):
1. The Mad Men Dress - This is a fail because of the fabric, a mustard polka-dot sweater knit from Girlcharlee. It's partly transparent and shows every bump, but worst of all, it pills like crazy. I've worn it three times, and tried to shave away the pilling with my lint shaver after the second wear, but it didn't help at all, after another wear it looks the same as before.
3. The floral Verity - I guess I can call this one a partial miss. I cut off the split collar that was too small for my taste and bound the neckline with a black contrast band instead, and it looks nice, but the fabric is a pretty cheap cotton jersey from (again) Girlcharlee, and apart from the fact that it has little recovery and that the print is almost paint-like in its inflexibility... I guess I just don't like the (white) fabric on me. Since it's a good dress otherwise, it's going to be donated.Sew Green December, but while it's probably salvagable, by now I'm not sure if I like the fabric at all...
5. And number five is another Sew Green December project! A self-drafted skirt with suspenders, made from the loveliest dark green cotton sateen. It fell prey to the enemy of all good sewing - a deadline! I wanted to wear it for our office Christmas party (and I did), but the fit is wonky, as is the buttonhole placement on the suspenders, the zipper insertion, the pleat placement... I love the fabric and style of the skirt a lot, so maybe I'll work on fixing it in the new year. :)
Is there a conclusion to be learned from my misses? Number one is definitely to stick with good fabric. Fabric that I like, that looks good on me, that doesn't pill or get pulled out of shape. This probably requires staying away from online shopping. ;) So, no more cheap, low quality fabric next year! Also, it's a good idea to take my time. Especially when drafting. And to make a muslin. And to think about what I'm doing. Right?
Now, enough about the misses and on to the hits!
Hits (in chronological order):
5. The Looks Like Christmas dress - this one is only a few weeks old, but I've worn it at least a couple of times every week since making it, and almost every day during the holidays! It's warm and comfy, and even though the fabric was a pretty good bargaign at 5€/m, it doesn't pill at all! I'm also thinking that it must have some wool content, because it doesn't attract smells at all.