Some things I learned about sewing:
- Never say "I can make that for you!" It'll end up being a chore and you'll put it off and hate it and it's not fun.
- If you sew a sleeve on backwards, it's okay. There's no need to have a tantrum and throw it out. Just take it off and fix it! I've definitely gained a lot of patience.
- As hard as it is for me to find clothes I love, it's just as hard for me to find fabric I love. Etsy and eBay are my saviors.
- You CAN do that super hard Vintage Vogue, if you have the will to do it.
First up, the worthy Wardrobe Staples.
This is my favorite dress, and the most worn.
I've worn this one to death, too.
And this one surprised me by being one of my favorites. I almost gave up on it three times! I'm so glad I finished it because I've worn it at least 15 times.
These are also staples that I love and have worn over and over. I think of these as solid additions to my closet that I will wear for years to come. Not surprisingly, they are mostly all floral sundresses.
These, not so much. Here are some of my greatest failures. None of these have ever left the house.
I look terrible in red, this fabric is so slippery it's impossible to wear a cardigan with, the neckline is sloppy and droopy, and no shoes on the planet look good with it.
This shiny, ill-fitting mess needs to be burned. Ugh. What was I thinking with this polyester nightmare?
This dress caused me to rip the pattern to shreds and throw it in the garbage. It never got finished or worn. What I'm the most sad about is wasting that beautiful piece of vintage rayon. I repurposed the skirt into a bodice of a different dress, so I'll tell you about that once it's finished.
This is the same pattern as my blue chain dress, but fit issues have caused it to be in the reject pile, instead of being a closet staple like it's well-made sister. The neckline is too low, the lining peeks out, and it didn't fit, so I added a panel next to the zipper, which just looks ridiculous. I think this one is worth tearing apart and fixing, so it's on the to-do list.
And, our Middle of the Road entries. Some of these don't get the love they deserve, and some I am just unenthused about.
This one is well-made, took FOREVER to complete, is made of high quality fabric, and fits nicely. Unfortunately, I have only worn it once. It's wintery in print and color, but the slippery fabric and sleeves make it hard to Winterize with a cardigan. I am never really sure what to wear it with, so it sits in my closet unloved.
I thought this would be a good work dress, but unfortunately I can't muster up the enthusiasm to put it on. Is it the drab color?
I think this dress is really beautiful, and it fits really well, but again I am running into the Winterization issue. The fabric almost screams "Christmas" but it's a super slippery rayon that you cannot wear a cardigan with. Also, it's too low-cut for the office but not fun enough for a night out.
I love this dress, but I wore it for NYE. I can't really think of any other place to wear it. Maybe a holiday party?
I wore this once and felt dowdy in it, so it got pushed to the back of the closet and forgotten.
I adore this, and I wore it once poolside on vacation, but I never got the courage to take it public. I wanted to wear it to a music fest but I put it on and felt very naked. I hate to demote it to beachwear, but that's what it might end up as.
This top is adorable and I really wanted to wear it more, but I have this thing against wearing jeans in the summer. I will have to try it with a skirt next year.
So now for the giveaway! I'm so happy to have so many kind readers who are always there for me with an encouraging comment, so I'd like to share two of my vintage patterns with you. All you have to do is leave a comment. Tell me about your favorite project you've ever made, something you'd like to make, or just say hi. I'll announce the winner next week!
Both are size 16, B36.