Yup, it’s a year end post. I know, 50% of you hate it and 50% of you think it’s a fishing for compliments experience. We shall see.
Blog truths: Often the makes I love the most and wear most are not the stuff that gets the most blog endorsement. I don’t even blog some of my staples- cuz who wants to read about another top with 3/4 sleeves. Often we post things that we want to love, we try to love, but we just know are wrong. What makes us do it? For me, it’s pushing the dream- I wanted my time to have been worthwhile, but sometimes it isn’t. Then I dream on and try to make the poses flattering enough to hide that parts I know didn’t work. I’m still making some clothes that don’t work for my body or my lifestyle. So for me, year end posts are about ripping off my personal sewing bandaids and planning for the next year based on what works for me and what I like to wear.
Ready for whiplash? Here’s the worst make of 2014:
Whew! Do I wear it? Yes. Do I think it’s the best use of fabric and pattern….no. Every body flaw gets it’s own focus in this one. I swear, I can see my belly button. I come home with bruised ribs and a woozy headache from sucking in all day. Oh, mercy. Resolution: more attention to waist/hip detail and fabric choice!
This is so much better- still boxy, but the structure and fabric weight keep everything in there looking better! So a good combo of fun to sew, wearable and spiffy!
Back to the bad: Ok, I’m not petite, I’m not short waisted- I’m fat-waisted. I have minimal room at the waist for too much going on- this pattern is for the willowy and I made it anyway. Because….I don’t learn? Because it looked cute on the envelope. What a sucker! Spoken like the person who bought a ’99 VW bug! Also, those damn ties got stuck in doors, in the dog, under my desk chair wheels….do I wear it? No. I made a darling little unblogged top out the the excess and sent this one away!!!
Ok, so did I learn anything? Yes! Simplicity 1431- curve friendly, waist defining- sleek, but swirly. Hmm….you deserve a remake!
Inching toward fit with a curvy retro vibe, but not hitting the mark- I throw on a cardigan with this at work- which takes all the cute away, and all you get is HUGE skirt being manoeuvred all day. The sleek side panels of the Simplicity dress have a softer angle outward and give me the look I’m wanting with less ‘are you going square dancing in that?’ feels. It also suffers from ‘if it looks strange on the envelope, why would you think it won’t on you?’ syndrome. I give it a 5- even the French judges didn’t like it.
Ok, we’re almost done. Here’s a favorite of my year that I think straddles the fit, fun and wearable best for me. Mccalls 6739. God I love a sleevelet. I bought this same upholstery print in another color family and it will see a summer make. I wish I had that latte right now…..
Ok, now here’s the 4 that made the people at Goodwill shiver with horror when they opened the box:
Only Bruders gorgeous presence makes the collage palatable! So children, my lesson was: keep at it, but remember the shape I have and stop believing the envelope! Sometimes a bad ideas cannot be unbadded.
photo credits: meadhawg, google images. All images remain the property of their original owners.