After the Hits in the last post its time for the Misses – which can be the most interesting posts! After the initial excitement which items actually made it out of the wardrobe and which were never worn due to niggly fit issues or bad fabric and pattern choices?
I am pleased that I don’t have a lot of contenders for the Misses category – only four actual things that I consider Misses and only one that was so awful that it never made it to the blog and no photographic evidence exists – I am all for honesty and learning but really it was too hideous!
So here are the Misses1. Named Tyler Shirt – bad fabric choice and fit slightly off around the shoulders. I think I could have lived with the fit issues but the fabric frayed like crazy and after one run through the laundry some of the seams were starting to come apart. Currently in a pile to be donated and I haven’t revisited it.2. Marbella Dress – print choice – I do like the dress and I loved the bright print in theory and the adjustments turned out well but I didn’t ever reach for it. Though I could still wear it next summer (maybe) or revisit in a solid colour?3. Lace skirt – style issue. I loved the idea of a lace skirt very much and pinned some lovely versions but ultimately this style didn’t really fit with the things I usually wear.
4. Named Inari Teeshirt dress – style issue again – so bad there are no photos! I saw so many lovely versions of this dress in the summer and I was seduced into trying it out. The result wasn’t great – I don’t suit loose styles and I looked as if I had escaped from a hospital (not helped by the fabric I used) – lesson learned is to remember what works for me and not be swayed by what works for other people. On a positive note – I put a tie belt around the waist and my daughter wears it regularly with leggings!
5. Nope – nothing that constitutes a 5th Miss from 2015 – which is a good result! Some things get worn more than others but there is nothing else that I feel belongs in this list.
I have bought virtually no RTW clothes this year – this wasn’t a commitment that I made, it has just turned out that way. Most of what I wear everyday is hand-made now so this has been a year of consolidating my wardrobe.
My Hits reflect the things that I am really proud of this year – my coat, the M6696 shirt dress and Ultimate Trousers. I think my skills are slowly improving and I know I can produce clothes that I feel confident about wearing.
I found the structure of sewing with a plan for autumn helped me to stay focussed on what I actually needed. It has been a slow process and I haven’t produced as much as I hoped but I am happy with everything I did make and each piece works with the others.
I haven’t got as much done as I wanted to this year – for a while last year I had a new thing to blog about every week and I felt under pressure to keep to that pace – eventually I realised that there are no blog police watching my posting schedule and no one will mind if I don’t post every week! I sew very little during the week and I don’t want my weekends to be entirely taken over by sewing – the times when I have sewed under pressure have ended up being quite stressful and afterwards it has taken me a few weeks to want to get started on a new project.
On the less positive side – being able to quickly produce new clothes that fit means that I have allowed myself to put on weight over the last 18 months. I can sew a looser fitting dress or top and try to ignore the increasing number of things that I can no longer wear. One of my big priorities in 2016 is to start to address this – eating better and exercising more!
Next year I would like to continue to challenge myself – I still have fit issues to work out, I want to make a pair of jeans and some exercise clothes. I want to keep working on wearable basics but leave myself time to fit in a lovely new pattern when the moment is right!
Finally – it means such a lot to me that so many people have taken time to read my blog and leave comments this year. I am really grateful to be a part of the sewing community!
Happy New Year everyone – I hope 2016 brings everyone only good things!