I’ve lost heart with some of my sewing over the last two months. I’m still having a lot of failures, partly from rushing to use up fabric, and partly not always identifying what looks good on me.
I made two tops from the new Makers Atelier book. Using drapey fabrics is really important for these patterns. The draped neck top is a wearable muslin, the knit stitch runs across the garment, as that’s the only way I could fit the pattern on, it would look better with the knit stitch running length wise. Next time, I’d cut 2cm off the back neck, as it’s a bit high, and I don’t really like it. It’s too baggy, and makes me look enormous.
I like the tie neck blouse though, even though I don’t think it’s that flattering. I’ve sewn the front up and just sewn the buttons on. The fabric is a thin cotton linen mix, and creases easily.
I also made two Cynthia Rowley tops. One I added ruffles onto the sleeves and body, but I really don’t like the fabric made up, or the ruffles, and only wore it for half a day, but really like my Delaunay one.
A couple of other fails, my skirt from the same fabric as my Cynthia Rowley jacket just looked frumpy, so I haven’t bothered hemming it. I also made most of a navy ribbed ponte dress, but it looked like a maternity dress, and the fabric was too cheap and Polyestery, so out it went!
And a fail which is really disappointing. I made most of this shirt dress, but managed to cut the front pieces shorter than the back! The fabric flower pattern is also a bit big and wears me, rather than me feeling I’m wearing it. The sleeves don’t fit that well, and I wonder if it looks like a 1950s housecoat on me! Will I ever learn? I need to do a toile first, before I decide that it’s the right pattern for me, then I need to make three or four with the same pattern!
But I have had some success.
I made a pair of the Margot pyjamas, they are a baggy style, the palazzo pants of pyjamas! I ordered the fabric cause I thought it would make a nice summer wrap dress, but I felt it was too thin for that, but it’s turned into pretty and comfortable pj bottoms. I also made a dressing gown, orange cardigan and cocobella top which I will blog about. So I’ve used around 23 metres of fabric in March and April.
What have I learned? After three years of sewing, my skills don’t feel like they are improving. I’ve had six fails and four successes in the last couple of months. It would be cheaper just to buy clothes!
My Cora app now says I have 99 metres left to sew. TBH I just want a break, and don’t feel like sewing anymore. Looking back, I’ve had similar experiences for the last two years. What does that say about me? That I shouldn’t sew from January to April?