Top 5 Misses 2014

I’ve been really enjoying reading about everyone else’s hits and misses of 2014, so it was only a matter of time before I joined in (thanks for the nudge Barbara). First up of the misses had to be my most painfully, frustrating sew of the year… My 70s Clemence… An absolute bu**er of a make…imageimage

Next up had to be BHL Elisalex, which didn’t work on so many different levels: length, fit, finish… However, with a little help from my internet friends πŸ™‚ there was a happy ending to this miss, see here.

Next up was my BHL Polly top. A great, free pattern, but unfortunately one that just didn’t suit me at all. I was really pleased with my neat curve and navy lace, but it was off to the local charity shop for this one 😦 Hopefully it’s found a more suitable home since…


Fourthly (this fabric must have been jinxed), was my cerise, linen Delphine. This was far too short for comfort. Other than that, I was quite pleased with this, but I’ve shamefully never worn it. I remember thinking I’d add some navy lace to the hem to attempt to lengthen this slightly, so definitely a project to return to next Spring…

And lastly,


I really did did love this Colette Ginger, but it just wasn’t well made, hence my disaster and patch-up. I have learnt to slow down and improve my finish since, but I had to admit defeat eventually and convert it into a skirt for my daughter instead, so not a total disaster πŸ™‚

We had our first snow of the year tonight, so the thing I notice most in these photos is the beautiful weather, and yes, these really were all taken in Manchester! Seriously, I was as shocked as anyone that we had such a lovely, prolonged Summer πŸ™‚ Seems like a long time ago, which is good in a way as that means most of my misses were from a while ago. But now I’ve probably jinked myself completely, especially when I think about my aim for the next year: to conquer my fear of trousers…

And lastly, one of these misses will actually make it into my hits list too, can you guess which? If you can bare the excitement, stay tuned πŸ˜‰

Many thanks to Gillian from for hosting πŸ™‚



12 thoughts on “Top 5 Misses 2014

  1. Ooooh! I really enjoyed that – thank you! It’s definitely more interesting reading about people’s mishaps than the good stuff! Do you think we learn more from a project when something goes wrong?!

  2. Well I think most of your misses look quite good (photowise) but its a different story when they just dont feel right. Lol i have also learnt that i need to take more time and care with finishing the garment. Shame about the cerise skirt, that colour is stunning!

  3. Like you, I am still learning that rushing rarely pays with sewing! I agree that all of your misses do look completely wearable, and it’s really good that you were able to adjust some of them or turn them into something different πŸ™‚ I am still at the stage of learning something with every garment. What’s next on your To Make list?

    • πŸ™‚ Even though I’m always tempted to move on to the next project, it’s really satisfying to go back and make something work. I’m still fiddling with my First Mabel, but my poor sewing machine’s been banished to the spare room over Christmas. Itching to get it out now all the guests are gone…
      I have my ‘gap-fillers’ to work on alongside my ‘fun (but carefully thought out) list’ (yet to post about) for 2015. I’m sure I’ll get tempted by a few other things along the way though…

  4. I do love that bright pink on you so I hope you find a fix for it. Thanks for sharing your ‘misses’ with us – it’s very interesting to see mistakes and how they’re rectified:)

    • Thank you! It’s been packed away for the Winter, but the fit elsewhere on it was pretty spot-on, so I’m hoping it’s easily fixable πŸ™‚ It was sourcing some navy lace trim thick enough, I seem to remember. I found plenty of black, but not much navy. I’ll try again next Spring to source some. I could probably find some on-line no doubt if I looked hard enough….

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  6. Oh it’s a shame that so many skirts didn’t make the grade! But you will learn from your little mistakes! Here’s to a successful sewing year! πŸ™‚

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