Top 5s of 2013! The misses

Oh dear time to reflect on things that didn’t quite go to plan.

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1. Jersey ballet dresses.
I had three attempts at making the Dixie DIY ballet dress and I finally accept it just isn’t the style for me. It’s the waist seam I think, as it appears more obvious in jersey than other fabrics. I just love a horse-print version I made so hope it might be saved if I make it empire line. Then I’ll be able to share it with you all.

2. Unlined garments

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My electric purple belladone dress was made from a gorgeous Robert Kaufman chambray. And I made my belladone skirt out of a wonderful crazy colourful quilting cotton. BUT I didn’t line either of these garments and there was my mistake. They stick to my tights even when I wear my (acceptably rubbish) half slip so I don’t wear them unless I can go bare-legged. From here onwards LINING ALL THE TIME!

3.  Mathilde Blouse

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Too tight around the upper bust from the start and it shrank in the wash. Rubbish! Not sure there is much more to say.

4. Morse Code Sorbetto

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I never wear this. Seriously. It is not the one for me. I like the contrast bias binding and the fabric and I’ve had lovely compliments on the top but it’s just far too boxy. I didn’t even write a proper blog post about it as I was so out of love with it.

5. The Ball Gown that wasn’t

I won’t rehash old ground. Safe to say I’m still a little mad at my ball gown woes but life must go on! There is always next year’s ball to cook something up for.

I love reading everyone’s round ups. There’s solidarity in sharing the misses as well as the hits.

Plus everyone is really a learning experience… I’ve figured out what patterns don’t suit me, that I can’t live without linings and to accept that big plans don’t come off every time.

Here is to next year, which will probably contain a few more misses but I don’t mind that.

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