Top 5 Misses of 2012

Most of my “misses” are really just part of my process. I’m not afraid to point out the stuff that just didn’t work but since I muslin everything I make for fit and stuff, I don’t usually go forward on a project if it doesn’t pass the muslin stage.

As much as I love my Circuit Boards dress and wear it a lot in summer and love the batiste lining and the fit in the back, I do not like the way I left the front bodice darts. So, while I wear it, I consider that part a miss. I could’ve changed that in the muslin stage and I was so eager to finish the dress that I ignored it.

This is also in a set of photos from the summer when I was doing my photography experiment; getting better pics of my garments for the blog.


The next dress, only known as McCalls 6379, was great until I added the maxi skirt to the bodice. The bodice itself looked harmless. All together, it was too much pattern. I still want to revisit the pattern and fiddle with it one day with a stretchy fabric. If it’s not fitted, I don’t think I’ll like it. Let’s not talk about how grainy the photo is and blurry and how we all want to criticize the pic. I’m embarrassed as it is.

McCalls 6379

I almost forgot about this red dress I made in February for Valentine’s Day. I only posted pics on Sew Weekly for some reason. Nice thing about this dress is that a friend came over and shopped in my closet and picked this up and loves wearing it.

I actually like the front and the bust darts are perfectly placed for my taste. My weird smile is from some dental work I had done that morning. And the mirror shots. Yeah, let’s speak of them no more.

Another dress that ended up being taken away by my friend is McCalls 6394, which I did review on Pattern Review. I just didn’t blog about it. Now I can see how easy it would be to fix this pattern to suit me better. I wonder if I love it enough to try it again?

M6394 final

I love my leggings and the fact that I drafted them from scratch but I messed up a bit and sewed them up too small. I seem to have forgotten how much of a SA I had given myself. Duh. I can still wear them. I just can’t sit down very comfortably or play on the floor with my kids- hence the fail.


It’s quite a relief that most of my fails were from earlier in the year- 3 out of 5. Not bad. This is good to reflect on.

4 thoughts on “Top 5 Misses of 2012

  1. Brooke says:

    Not bad fails at all! I love the first and last pieces the best (circuit board dress and striped leggings), and the red dress neckline is beautiful. =)

    I totally understand the excited rush job on projects for yourself that usually mean you don’t take the time to be as much as a perfectionist on something (resulting in a “meh” toward the item in the end) as you would if it were for someone else. I always seem to be a bit lazier when sewing for myself… and I’m not quite sure why that is. Maybe it’s because I know no one else will notice and because I’m not paying myself.

    • Leila says:

      I agree. My fails weren’t as bad as they could’ve been. I was even gonna add in the River Tam inspired dress but it’s not a construction fail or a fit fail. It’s just a communication fail and my expectations of what someone else “should” want. hehe. unrealistic.

  2. sophie o. says:

    Hum the muslin stage does make a huge difference in the amount of fails 🙂 I’m annoyed by this stage and the amount of time it takes but it is such a relief when you get to play with the real fabric!

    • Leila says:

      I agree it’s a relief to get your hands on the real fabric and with the practice from making the muslin, it’s much more enjoyable and there are fewer doubts.

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