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Top 5 of 2014: Top 5 Misses

So I admit some of these “misses” may be controversial. Some of them are wonderful patterns and may be TNTs for others. Most are even great garments but they just don’t work well in my wardrobe.

1. Archer Shirt


See? Controversial right off the bat. My chambray Archer fits well, is finished well and is a great pattern. But it’s not my style. I’ve never been hugely fond of button-ups in general, and I don’t think the boxy shape is particularly flattering on me. Funny that my Bruyere topped my hit list but Archer tops my misses. I love the shape of Bruyere and wear it a lot. If my Archer was closer fitting I could wear it to work, but as it is, I rarely reach for this top. It’s a shame since it is very nicely done.

2. Wiksten Tank


This was my second try with this pattern and both just have issues. The neckline gapes terribly and the armscyces are funny. I could probably tweak the pattern to make it work but that seems like a lot of work for a very simple top.

3. Lady Skater

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Again, this is a nice pattern but the finished product just isn’t doing it for me. The dress clings in funny places and accentuates the softness of my post-three-baby belly rather than minimizing it. N loves this dress (it sparkles), which is the only reason it gets worn.

4. Pocketful of Posies Dress



This dress is incredibly comfortable but can you say Frumpsville? I feel completely frumpy and unstylish when I wear this which is why I never wear it. And it feels like a maternity dress to me. I do like the fabric though so it’s currently in my refashion pile.

5. Japanese baby doll dress

I don’t even have a picture of this dress to share. I made it with my friend Crystal when she was here in March and I never wore it. I’m not sure what I was thinking with this dress. I was breastfeeding at the time and there is absolutely no access. But to make it fit then, I had to do an FBA and I was carrying about 20 pounds more than I am now which combines to make the dress completely unwearable now. It is huge! But I love the fabric. It’s a rather expensive white and gray striped linen and it’s beautiful. I plan to reclaim the fabric for something else. It would make great shorts or a lightweight blazer (if I have enough).

Top 5 of 2014

0 thoughts on “Top 5 of 2014: Top 5 Misses

  1. i think you look totally cute in your archer shirt!!! a stylist once told me that unless you are wearing a suit, you should roll up your sleeves and show your wrists with button-up shirts. you should see how it looks with your sleeves rolled up. and those shorts are also adorable!! a perfect outfit for a cool summer day.

    Merry Christmas to you all!!

    1. Well thank you. I typically do wear it with sleeves rolled up, when I wear it that is. Cool summer days are a rarity down here and im generally more inclined to reach for my cap-sleeve Julia cardigans. Still, it remains in my closet and we’ll see if i wear it more next spring and summer.

      Merry Christmas to you too!

  2. I see quite a difference between your hits and misses. To sound corny, you really shine in your hit patterns (especially Anna, holy moly). And thats very telling.

    No one wants frumpy. And no one wants to waste time trying to unfrump (ha!) something. I totally see where you’re coming from with these.

    Anyhow, hope you guys have a super Merry Christmas!

  3. How did I miss your Bruyere?!?!?! It’s stinking amazing and just got added to my 2015 To Sew list. I like the Archer-style, but I agree with you — the shape of the Bruyere is incredibly flattering.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  4. I just love reading the misses! I have similar feeling s about the shape of the archer so have never tried it, so you are not alone. It’s also great having little ones to remake fabric into littler better things.

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