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Top 5 - Misses of 2017 :(

Again, playing along with Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow to reflect on 2017.

I am happy to report I stuggled to list five misses, and there are also a couple of "we'll see" items.  Plus the misses seem to be down to fabric choice, rather than a fit issue or not liking the pattern.

So here we go:

1.  My photos

The photos I took (or rather my husband took) in 2017 were rubbish.  We don't have a good area in our new house with a nice clean background and good light.  Inside is took dark, outside is too cluttered.

A lot of the photos this year were super rushed or at stupid times like at night - getting pattern test feedback photos in but also working full time and having those deadlines just didn't work well for me.

I don't know how to easily fix this, but am going to try!

2.  Anna Dress (By Hand London)

Exhibit A for how crappy the photos have been this year...

I made this one for the first ever Sydney frocktails.  I hesitated to list it as a miss - the fabric is a gorgeous liberty print silk and I get compliments when I wear it.  I really love the colour and the fit is reasonable.  It's mostly a miss because I cocked it up and stretched out the fabric at the centre back where the zip is.  It can be hidden with a cunning safety pin, but I know it's there and it makes me cross every time I put it on!

3.  Amaya Skirt (Sinclair Patterns)

I hesitated to include this in the misses also.  It's a nice skirt and comfortable, but I haven't worn it at all.  I do think that might be because we live in Sydney and it's been nice weather just about ever since I made it.  I also think that while having a black skirt was a good idea in theory, it's a bit sombre for here.

Probably should be in the "we'll see" pile for now...

4.  Portia Dress (Rebecca Paige)

I still kind of like this one, but my husband said it was very "old" looking. I suspect it needs to be shorter, or I might even cut it off into a top?

The other issue is that it's made of gorgeous stretch velvet and is WAAAAAY too hot for Sydney summer.  Will see if it works any better in the "depths" of winter...

The We'll See Items:

5.  Butterick B6051 Craftsy Kit

I definitely like this and am not sure why it's not a hit.  I just haven't reached for it much so far this summer.  I did wear it a fair bit on holiday in Italy, so am going to make an effort for the rest of summer and then call it one way or the other.

6.  Macy Cowl Top (Sinclair Patterns)

This one is only really about fabric choice.  I like the pattern and the fit of this on me, I just find the fabric a bit bleh.  I should make another in something better, as this works well in the work wardrobe or with jeans, so it will be quite versatile in a fabric I like!

So there it is!  The "misses" of 2017.  Mostly they are "not really sures" rather than misses, which is good.  Am going to use what I have learned from these to hopefully guide my sewing better this year too!


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