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“Fail February” and It’s Getting Easier to Say Goodbye

Happy February, everyone! I see we have all survived January… high five! Now onto a new month… I’m not sure if February is most people’s favorite month what with most people in cooler climates being sick of winter and looking forward to spring. Plus V-Day isn’t high on the list of favorite holidays from what I see. So, in the spirit of February being kind of a “blah” month (sorry for those who have birthdays this month!), I want to deem my blog posts this month in the spirit of Fail February!

I can’t quite locate the exact moment in time or the post, but the idea of Fail February came about last year when I was whining about a project that didn’t go right. With the help of some commenters, we jokingly said there should be a Fail February in the sewing world. So many bloggers post all of the awesome things they sew, but tend to shy away from posting about the fails. Well, not everyone is perfect and in order to be a good sewist, you have to have those fails so you can learn from them. Fail February can be a time where we swallow our pride and show off our projects that didn’t go right. What do you say? Are you with me?! Let’s do this!!

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Last year, I donated some of my handmade clothes for the first time. It was difficult to decide which ones would make the cut, but in the end, I don’t miss any of them (sorry, not sorry!).

Ever since Freya joined the group and I started making more tried-and-true patterns, I’ve gotten faster at sewing. That means my free closet space has been dwindling. Alas, it became time for yet another closet culling.

IMG_6916Last time, I donated 10 pieces. This time, I’m up to 15! It’s hard to believe I got rid of 25 handmade pieces (not counting gifts) and still have almost half a closet full of me-made items. I’ve been a busy little sewing bee.

In the spirit of my last donation post, I’ll pay homage to these pieces by reflecting on them and then finally saying goodbye.

Sewing231. [Unblogged] View C of McCall’s M6359 – I had such high hopes for this poor thing. I wanted a cool tunic top to wear over leggings, but this just didn’t work. It was my first rodeo with a McCall’s knit pattern and I didn’t understand that I needed to size wayyyy down in order to get the right fit. It ended up being way too big and in an effort to make the ginormous neckline look better, I ruched it with elastic. It looks better on My Lovely Sidekick than it did on me, so out it goes.

2. [Unblogged] Sparkly Circle Scarf – I made this for a friend’s “Sparkle Party” a few years ago. It’s a really pretty knit fabric with bits of silvery glittery fibers. It didn’t get worn a lot because it was a little itchy and I have a TON more scarves that get more wear.

3. [Unblogged] Retro Polyester Purple Dress – This dress was cute enough, but the semi-see-through polyester fabric and shapelessness didn’t do much for me. I have better summer dresses around. Goodbye!

Sewing244. [Unblogged] Christmas Leggings – These were only worn once at a Christmas party. I learned I needed more than 30% stretch in a knit fabric in order to have comfortable leggings. I could barely bend my knees in these.

5. [Unblogged] Second Leggings I’ve Ever Made – These got a decent amount of wear, but I’ve since made a pair with an almost identical fabric using a pattern drafted to my own measurements that fit way better. This pair was made with McCall’s M6173 and were a little baggy around the knees.

6. Asymmetrical Hems, Ahoy! (Part 1) – I adore this fabric, but not the top. I’ve come to learn asymmetrical hip danglies make me look very wide. Nobody wants that! Bye!

Sewing257. Asymmetrical Hems, Ahoy! (Part 2) – I cut off one hip dangly to see if it helped with the wide-hip problem. Nope, it didn’t. Goodbye!

8. Flowery Renfrew – This does not have a flattering color and it is way too short. The knit also doesn’t have enough stretch to make it comfortable around my bulging biceps, so this one’s gotta go!

9. The Vogue Shirt of Doom! – I never reached for this in my closet and the armholes almost cut off my circulation. ‘Tis a shame, the fabric was so pretty. 😦

Sewing2610. Bridal Brunch Dress – This one was hard to let go because it came with fond memories. But the fabric got a little too bulky and the waist was not flattering (probably because I graded it too big or wrong). I figured it was OK to let this one go since I made better use of the scrap fabric here. Less is definitely more with this fabric.

11. Summery Summer Dress – I got a good bit of wear out of this dress; however, it’s a little too girly and sweet for my taste.

12. [Unblogged] Maxi Skirt – This was my first maxi skirt using Simplicity 1616. It was a little tight around the hips and the fabric was a little cheap. My second maxi skirt fits loads better and has more substantial fabric.

Sewing2713. The Dress of High Hopes and Huge Disappointment – I think my face and the name says it all. Peace out, crappy dress!

14. Silky Purple Preggers Dress – This was a super cute dress, but no one wants to look very pregnant or have cheap polyester fabric clinging to them in all the wrong places (thanks, super Arizona static cling!).

15. [Unblogged] Swimsuit Cover Up – I made this using a tutorial from a sewing blog (forgot which one, sorry!). It’s basically a rectangle with a hole cut out for the head and two seams on either side to make fluttery sleeves. I wore it to a swim party once and it was OK enough, but now I have a cuter swimwear cover-up pattern… the Mojave from Seamwork Magazine! Plus, I don’t go swimming a whole lot here in Arizona. I know, it sounds weird not to in the desert, but we don’t have a pool and swimming parties are few and far between among us busy adults.

I have to admit it feels good to get rid of these. The more I sew, the more I learn about what is right for me and which fabrics to use. Plus, it leaves more room in my closet to fill up with new, shiny projects!

I know in my last culling post, most of you said you didn’t have the heart to get rid of your handmade stuff. How do you feel about it now? Have you made the leap and donated? I encourage you to participate in Fail February and pay homage to those pieces that just didn’t work out for you… and maybe they can be donated and be enjoyed by someone else! One person’s trash is another person’s treasure and all that jazz. πŸ™‚

‘Til next time… I’ll be back with a sweater that failed so hard, I’m thinking about throwing it in the donation pile NOW!

-RED

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23 thoughts on ““Fail February” and It’s Getting Easier to Say Goodbye

  1. I think it’s a great idea to pause for thought on these ‘fails’, before getting rid! It’s all a learning process, and hopefully we won’t make the same mistakes again, fingers crossed. I listed a fair few of mine in my ‘duds of the year’ post and they’re long gone and not missed one bit πŸ™‚ I think the more you sew, the easier it is to part with them.

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    1. I’ve found over the past couple of years, I’ve been making almost an item of clothing every week or every two weeks. I’ll never stop sewing, so it’s great to purge every now and then. I’m hoping by the time I get to purge my not-so-beginner makes, I can give them to a friend or family member. Sewing… the gift that keeps on giving! πŸ™‚

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  2. Defin the donate pile. Thkse poeces may not be your cup of tea but they look good from all the way over here. I have culled a couple of things so far so good but I reckon soon I will need to do a proper assessment. Some of my earlier m

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      1. I totally understand about the finishes that make you cringe! That’s why I’m donating these instead of giving them to people I know… I’m a little embarrassed of the insides. πŸ˜‰

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    1. I hope they do find a good home! It would be pretty weird to see someone around town wearing one of my handmade items I donated. I would probably flip out and scream, “I made that!” then run away, LOL.

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  3. I find when I give away Memade items, it’s nice to pass them on to people who may have enjoyed them. Of all the pieces on my blog (only about 26) I’d say at least half a dozen have been given away, primarily to friends. Some of this was because I was working with fabric that had been given to me, so not always to my taste, like you some just didn’t work for some reason. However I agree with Hilla, some of these pieces may feel like fails, but one woman’s fail can be another woman’s favourite! I’ve thought about safety pinning little labels to them before they get donated: the label would include garment name, and the fact that it’s handmade and then ask the person to take a photograph of themselves wearing it and send it to me. I’ve never done it, but wouldn’t it be fun?

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    1. The labels are an amazing idea!! I might have to steal that idea for my next culling. πŸ™‚ Seeing someone else in one of my me-mades would fill me with so much joy. And yes, what might not work for me may work for someone else. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Seeing you with the long hair is so weird! You look like a teen. I do prefer the short hair. It at least makes you look drinking age! lol I haven’t gotten to the point of donating any me-mades. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it. It’s like getting rid of you babies. I’m sure if I get to the point of not liking it or feeling like it just doesn’t fit right anymore, I think I might be okay parting with it.

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    1. Haha, I feel like I’m getting older looking (thanks, Arizona dryness) so the teenager comment cheered me up. πŸ™‚ I’m actually starting to grow my hair again because of boredom and DD likes longer hair. I’ll go short again after a while, though. My hair is like a yoyo through the years!

      “Getting rid of your babies” – I know that feeling! But I think the more me-made stuff you have, the easier it gets to part with the not-so-great stuff. Just gotta treat it like a bandaid… you think it’ll hurt a lot when you part, but it turns out it’s not so bad after all!

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  5. I’ve also got to this point with my me-mades. Some of them have survived a few wardrobe culls, but I still never wear them, so it’s time to say goodbye! I like your idea of reflecting on them before sending them on their way though πŸ™‚

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    1. I’ve already started another pile for next year’s donation. There’s a few that I don’t wear too much, but I like to wait until Me-Made-May to make sure I have enough stuff to wear πŸ˜‰

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    1. Yes! Failing is so much more fun when you’re not alone. Misery loves company, right? I hope I have more to share next year (is it weird that I’m hoping I mess up? LOL). Let’s make this a thing!

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