Last year, I didn’t manage to write a review of my makes. I usually do and I’m actually rather gutted that I didn’t write one. I like to track my feelings about my creations because quite often something great might not get worn much and at times something that I’m initially disappointed with can turn out to be a winner. Anyway, without more ado, I shall write this year’s review in my usual format. Yes, The Good, The Mad and The Ugly is back! I tend to stick to this format simply because I don’t make many items and a top five hits and misses would actually just encompass my entire output for the year. This year, I have completed 10 items. Sad to say that all the lock-downs for me just meant work and home-schooling and very little sewing.
I’m always delighted when I look at this category and realise that I have more than one contender for it. I think it is a toss up between two items. Firstly, my brown corduroy trousers. I have really missed having a pair of cords in my wardrobe and I used the 70s sewing pattern, Butterick 3065 for this make. Essentially as the fit was nailed on the previously made jeans, this was going to be a winner. But, delighted though I am with these trousers, I have already started to notice the tell-tale signs of corduroy-wear. I am gutted about this. Does anyone else find that corduroy wears really quickly? It’s odd because I have two corduroy Moss skirts that I made ages ago and these are still going strong. Have I just been unlucky with my choice of fabric or do trousers naturally wear more quickly?
The second contender is my teal sleeveless top using Vogue 8860. I have used this pattern previously too, and loved the style. However, in my first make the fabric, a charity shop find, was quite a nasty polyester (it certainly feels a bit like a bin-bag when I wear it). This top is a double-win as I got to create a version of this Vogue pattern which I liked very much, and I got to use a precious fabric. The fabric is a luscious cotton lawn from Britex fabrics in San Francisco. Yep, this was souvenir fabric and I was a little afraid of it! Much that I love this top, and it is a very COVID-jab friendly top, it didn’t get much wear this year, because it hasn’t been very warm at all. Here’s hoping it gets more outings in 2022!
I made a very limited foray into zero-waste fashion this year. I’m definitely hoping to manage something more impressive in the coming year. I have had the Pattern Magic 2 book on the shelf for a while and I finally made “Wearing a square” from it. It’s zero-waste and actually I was very pleased with it. I initially thought that this would be in the “Mad” category, but what could be mad about zero-waste, it’s definitely very sensible? So, I think The Serpent-inspired blouse is definitely more “mad”. The sleeves are huge and it looks so dramatic! And the sleeves aren’t too annoying, although I do have to tuck them up when doing the washing-up!
You may well be looking at the grey trousers and wondering why they are in the Ugly category. I was so pleased with these when I made them. They look so cool too and work incredibly well with my grey double-gauze top. They had also been a struggle to finish as I started them in lock-down and needed to visit a shop for all the notions before I could finish them.
So, what went wrong? Simply, washing them. I took them out of the washing machine and nearly cried, the fabric has pilled badly in places. I know I can hand-wash them, but I suspect these are really going to die after only a few wears. It is such a shame, although I now know that I love the style and the fit of them.