Double Fail

It just isn’t my week, people. I’ve been busy finishing up two tops for myself—a knitted sweater and a silk top—both of which are just don’t work. Bummer!

The knitted sweater is too big and boxy. I guess I should have casted on for the smaller size…photo (53)

The subtle different in color isn’t nearly as obvious when I’m wearing it as it is in photos for some reason. I *won’t* post photos of me wearing it, because I honestly look like the Tinman. Should I just tear it all out and start over? Should I finish up the last sleeve, block it and then decide? To you super-talented knitters, what would you do?

I also worked on a little mint top that I’ve been dreaming up for a while. I based it Colette’s Sorbetto pattern, and added sleeves from the Peony pattern. I added extra seam allowance to make French seams, and even added an exposed zipper to the back.

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All in all, I’m happy with the sewing and the overall concept of this top. But it’s too small! Ugh. The opposite problem as with the sweater…

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I love the color and the fabric and the design… It just needs to be a bit bigger!

I think I’ll be able to reuse the sleeves and bias binding, and just have to cut out larger front and back pieces. It’ll be pretty once I get it right, I just thought it would be this time!

These crafting fails are always a bummer. I feel like I spend a lot of time planning and measuring. But I guess not enough in these cases!

Has this ever happened to you? How did you salvage the project? I’d love to hear!

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8 thoughts on “Double Fail

  1. it’s a fear of getting sizing wrong – and the self-knowledge that I really won’t be careful enough in the planning, I just want to get on with it – these mean that I tend to stick to smaller projects like scarves and hats – though I managed to make some gloves too big recently!

  2. I like a boxy sweater but they work better with wider necklines so you can kind of nonchalantly wear it off your shoulder…. I would finish it, block it BIG and wear it like a big oversized sweatshirt around the house.

  3. What if you let out that front pleat on the blouse to give yourself some extra width? It’s so cute and a gorgeous color on you!

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