Happy Friday the 13th/Galentine’s Day/pre-Valentine’s Day!
Today’s post was inspired by a non-cosplay sewing session yesterday. I’ve been eyeing the Oslo pattern from Seamwork since it came out a little while back. I have a mild addiction to cardigans (19 and counting), and I love the idea of having a TNT cardigan pattern that I can whip up in 2 hours or less. I had just enough of a mystery knit from a Golden D’Or sale in my stash, so I thought it’d be a fun and simple project that I could sew in the morning and wear to work later in the day. Awesome. Except… It wasn’t.
After sewing everything up, I just stared at my new cardigan. And stared. I hated it. Not the pattern, mind you. Oversized cardigans are one of my all-time favorite wardrobe pieces and I have at least 2 other cardigans similar to the Oslo in my closet. (Though I do want to tweak it a bit to fit me better. The sleeves are crazy huge).
My distaste was the combination of inappropriate fabric (this pattern definitely needs a mid- to heavy-weight knit instead of the super slinky knit I used), a pattern that still needs to be tweaked to fit me better, less than stellar workmanship (oh god, don’t look at the serging on the front collar or the [lack of] strip matching), and general apathy for the finished product. I left the cardigan alone when I went to work yesterday, but when I looked at it again this morning, I knew with a sinking feeling that I’d never wear it. Or photograph it 😛
So my question to all of you is what do you do with your rejected sewing projects? The things you finish, but never quite get around to wearing more than once or twice. Mine are currently hanging in my closet, but I know that it’s time to clear them out and make room for things that I’ll love and actually wear. Do you hang on to them for sentimental reasons? Or are you ruthless with your closet weeding? Let me know!