Following Gillian in her Sewing Top 5 series, next up are my misses and highlights of 2017.
It’s a bit strange to make a podium for your misses, isn’t it? You don’t want to honour them but would rather forget them. On the other hand, you learn something from your blunders. That makes them a kind of necessary evil for improving your sewing skills. In no particular order are here 5 of my misses:
1 The Bridgetown backless dress from Sew House Seven
What went wrong? First, I cut the sleeves cross grain because I thought the stripes would give a nice effect. On the contrary, this made them pop up instead of falling on the arm. Second, the fabric was somewhat too stiff to give the dress the needed drape. Third, there was not enough ease around the hips. I should have looked better to the given finished measurements. I never wore it.
What can I do with it? Restyling it into another garment will be the only solution for this dress.
2. The Saunio Cardigan from Named
What went wrong? What was I thinking using a woven fabric when the pattern asked for a knit. It could have turned out ok if I’d made the arms a bit wider. Now they are at their narrowest. I wore it a few times but I’m not really comfortable with it.
What can I do with it? Perhaps I should make a belt for it as Jessica did. Otherwise, it is also going to the restyling pile.
What went wrong? This Carolyn Pajama Dress hack was supposed to be my entry for the ‘Sewtoghetherforsummer challenge.’ Unfortunately, I didn’t reach the deadline of 21st of June to finish it. Now, it is still laying there on my WIP-pile.
What can I do with it? Finish it! It’s cut and I have all the needed notions.
4. The Skeleton PJ’s for my godson
What went wrong? I promised my godson PJ’s for his new year’s present but I only managed to finish the pants on time. Hence he received a PIP—Present in Progress. He tried them on and they were on the small side. I could solve this by putting a band on the side seams. I had also already cut the pieces for the top so probably these will be on the small side too. In fact, in the rush to get the present ready on time, I used a too small pattern for his measurements. I made some alterations on it but it was a lost cause. Now, almost a year later, he has grown more than 7 cm so the PJ’s are not usable anymore.
What can I do with it? Use the pieces for a PJ for a smaller child.
5. Turning my WIP’s in UFO’s
I started 2017 with 6 WIP’s—finished two— and I ended it with 4 UFO’S.
- Duffel bag to use for pattern drafting class
Started in September 2016
I cut all the pieces and bought a zipper
- Boxer shorts for my sons
Started in September 2016
I cut all the pieces and made a mistake: the front and the back have different colours from the same fabric!
- Paxson for my son
Started in December 2016
Cut all the pieces
I put the sleeves with the wrong side of the fabric up!
- Hudson pants for my daughter-in-law
I made 7 Hudson pants for my family’s New Year’s present. Unfortunately one for my daughter-in-law was too small.
What can I do? Finish all of them!!
Life isn’t only about sewing! Or, is it? So here are my highlights of 2017.
1 Podere Santa PiaAbout ten years ago we bought a holiday home—Podere Santa Pia— in the South of Tuscany, Italy. It is our heaven on earth. Going there as much as my working schedule allows is truly a highlight of my life! More, I can also sew there and that makes this place even more of a paradise.
Every time we visit Podere Santa Pia, or we have friends or family visiting us we take a goodbye picture. You can see them all on Instagram with #ciaosSantaPia.
2 Spending time with my familyWe have three, now adult, children and I love them and their significant others to pieces. We installed a tradition to make pizza’s on Sundays, when we are at home. These are great nights.
3 Quiet days with friendsEnjoying a “quiet day” at the Martin Creed show at Museum Voorlinden.
We have a more than 35-year long during friendship with another couple. More than 15 years ago we decided to no longer give each other material gifts for birthdays. Instead, we give each other time. We call this “our quiet day”, which we organize for each other several days a year. This can involve visiting an exhibition, or a historical place and have a nice dinner together. When this “quiet day” is in Podere Santa Pia (see highlight 1) the joy is double.
4 City trip to LondonMy husband had a business meeting in London last May and we took advantage of it to stay there for 4 days. It had been 15 years since we visited and we were excited about the renewed acquaintance with this fantastic city. Totally new for me now was the discovery of the famous Goldhawk Road, THE fabric shop street. Strolling around in this street and, of course, buying fabric was the crowning point of this trip.
5 Nick Cave concertI don’t often go to concerts anymore. This year I only went to two: Bob Dylan’s Never-ending Tour and Nick Cave’s Skeleton Tree Tour. Both of these concerts were amazing but I was totally blown away by Nick Cave. This was so heartfelt and moving, and at the same time energetic and diabolic. The best concert I’ve ever experienced.
Next Up in the Sewing Top 5 series are the reflections and the goals.
9 thoughts on “Top 5 of 2017: the misses & the highlights”
I think your top first 4 are amazing. Time with friends and family can never be beaten. No one died thinking I wish I’d sewn more😂 However number 5 clinched it for me. I have watching Nick Cave live since 1983. In those years I wouldn’t have believed he would still be making music but he gets better and better and better. I’m lucky he comes home to Australia a lot and I try to see him in two cities if I can. Oh and a house in Tuscany … We could be great friends😉
Thanks for reading, Sofie. I agree with you that the music Nick Cave makes gets better and better. Also, I am a huge fan of the soundtracks he composes (together with Warren Ellis). And… whenever you are in Tuscany, please come over.
Oh well thanks for that lovely invitation… I shall take you up on it some day. We can have some good food and wash it down with Nick Cave. Yes I love his soundtracks too.
Well, we all have a few WIP’s or UFO’s at the end of each year and also a few items we don’t want to, or can’t wear. I know I have a few too Wis. It’s good to acknowledge them and embrace the new year, isn’t it? The highlight of this post for me though is all of the heartwarming family/friends photos…priceless
Thanks for reading, Diane. I don’t let the WIP’s/UFO’s trouble me much. It’s true, a new year gives you some energy to tackle them. In fact, I am working on the boxers now. Even truer is that time with family and friends is indeed, like you put it, priceless. 2017 was a good year. x
Hi Wis! Great post. I have a few misses too, often sizing issues, so I find a bigger or smaller person and that way I feel positive. You absolutely must finish your PJ dress…it is divine. You will love it, I’m sure. xxx
Hi Suzy, thanks for reading. You can rest assured that I will finish my PJ dress! xx
Lovely post…highlights a,ways involve family and friends don’t they. (By the way, you soooo should finish that Carolyn PJ Shirtdress!) x
Thanks for reading, Sarah. It is true time with family and friends is priceless. 2017 was a good year for that. And I WILL finish this PJ dress, you can rest assured ;). x