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™‚



Me Made Mishap!

I’ve been loving taking part in MMM14 for the first time. Not only have I gained great inspiration from others, but it’s forced me to actually WEAR my Me Made items, which, probably like many others, I didn’t always have the confidence to do in the past. One of my many excuses for not wearing them all that much was a somewhat irrational fear of some kind of clothing malfunction taking place.

Well, on Saturday it proved to be not all that irrational a fear after all…

I happily donned my chambray Ginger for a family day out with friends. What disaster befell me? Well, it certainly could have been a lot worse I guess.There were no rips, tears or holes, but when I came to remove it at the end of the day I was well and truly stuck! The zip just wasn’t budging.

Flummoxed, each of the other three adults with me gave it their best shot, but to no avail 😦 To my annoyance it didn’t even appear to be caught on anything. It was just totally refusing to move at all. I really did love this skirt, but there was nothing for it but to get out the unpicker and ‘rip’ myself out of it…

So now, I’m now left with this…


I’m hoping it can be fixed. After reading Jane’s blog over at Homemade Jane, where she models her lovely, red denim Delphine Skirt from Love At First Stitch, I figured maybe I needed a different type of zip so on Monday I purchased this metal zipper, hoping it might prove stronger.



I’ve only ever done invisible zips, but normal ones are supposed to be easier aren’t they? Might not be as neat as an invisible one, but I’m hoping it’ll last a bit longer and that I can fix the slight pull at the base of the old one I’m replacing.

What’s the worst sewing mishap you’ve experienced?