I had originally planned a whole other post for this week, but then I listened to my gut instinct and stopped what I was working on to change tack completely. So here we are…
Giving Up On A Project…
Let me explain.
Let’s backtrack to a week ago when I rummaged through my stash and found some offcuts of fabric and some leftover scraps from this tee, and an idea was born. I wanted to make a top and put some applique on it using the brightly coloured print scraps.
I looked around in my patterns and then online and ultimately I ended up buying the PDF of DP Studio’s Le 514 top. I was all keen at this point.
I cut everything out, did a fitting (which was kind of ok but not perfect…maybe the first alarm bell should have rung at this point?) and then proceeded to plan the applique.
I then cut my fabric scraps, tested out the applique settings and did the applique (which actually turned out pretty well).
After doing all of this I tried the top on again and it just wasn’t fitting quite how I wanted it to. Due to lack of fabric, I’d made the facings using interfaced lining…but these seemed stiff too.
I still carried on a little bit more battling with the fit and trying to make the insides look nice but a nagging doubt started to creep in. I wasn’t overly happy with the finish and when I tried it on once more I looked at myself in the mirror…and quite frankly the top did nothing for me. I realised that the colour combination really wasn’t me and neither was the shape.
I stopped and thought “you know what? It’s really ok to call it a day and throw in the towel right now. There will be other better projects that I’ll love more” So I stopped there and then and dropped it in the bin. Oh, the relief!
*** I’m editing at this point to say that a couple of commenters were absolutely right and It’s wrong and wasteful to just bin something. Luckily the top pieces are still in my little sewing room waste bin and they will be donated on for recycling, not sure why I didn’t think about H&M, but it’s been a good while since I took anything there****
So that was that. But what next?
Well, I turned my attention to three tops that I’d recently made. The motivation for this was Me Made May which recently got started on Instagram. I expect you’ve heard of it. It’s something that’s been a part of the IG community for many years and has always been hosted by the SoZo blog. Everyone’s focus for the month is a little different, but basically, we can use the month of May to assess our memades, try new ways to style them, start projects we’ve been meaning to try, and assess our wardrobes as a whole.
Anyway, I needed to make some adjustments to my three tops so after my recent no-go project and before starting something new, that’s just what I did.
First up was the tank top from this twinset. This was an easy fix. All I did was lower the neckline at the front by about ¾”. I just felt like it was gagging me a smidge and now it’s done it feels a lot better.
Next up was my Alek rib top. I guess the wide neckline just wasn’t for me because it still felt a bit bare. I think I just prefer more coverage. My fix was really easy…I had some rib left and simply added a filler piece all the way around from one side to the back neck and round to the other side. It’s a little narrower just around the back of the neck and I actually think it looks pretty good and is a design feature 🙂
And finally, the Vikisews Terry top that I made in a wool jersey. It turns out that I was never very keen on that cutout section or the too-high neckline. I’ve totally remodelled it and it’s now asymmetrical with an added curved insert on one side. So much more me!
I’m feeling ready to get going on some new projects now and with my birthday imminent it’s no surprise that some lovely new fabrics are on their way to me. Get ready for some prints and pops of colour along with my classic light-toned Summer neutrals.
And that’s it from me for this week. A shorter post but a friendly reminder that it’s ok when a project doesn’t work out. It’s just all part of the learning process. Care to share your experiences in the comments?
See you soon!