Have you ever had a sewing failure? I don't mean the kind where you make a goofy mistake you don't feel able to correct. I mean, specifically, where you make the garment correctly, but the fabric, pattern, or style look so awful and frumpy that you know you'll never wear it. I make plenty of mistakes, like the time I cut a dress from a plaid voile and completely forgot to center the very large repeat. It looked so ridiculous when I tacked it together for the first fitting that I knew it would be a total waste of my time to finish the piece. It ended up as a pattern test. I see that kind of thing as an accident. I'm more upset when I put a lot of work into a new outfit, which then betrays me by its sheer ugliness. Right now I'm finishing a cotton house dress made of a yarn-dyed blue & white check. The pattern is from around 1940, a mail-order design & was quite intriguing -- there are only two main pattern pieces, a front & back, placed on the fold, with short kimono sleeves. So there's hardly any sewing. Unfortunately the dress couldn't possibly look more frumpy and horrible on me. It's too long in the waist and very lumpy. It easily puts an extra 15 pounds on me. The collar is huge and shapeless. The belt arrangement forms an unattractive pooch right at the front of the waist (they have you make two bound buttonholes about 4" apart, and draw the belt through that -- worst idea ever.) It's very comfortable so I'll wear it in the garden and when cleaning cat boxes, but I had taken a lot of trouble over the piping and rick rack trim so I'm really disappointed. I don't need anyone's help to look like a frump. I have to hem it & finish the neck, and once it's done I'll photograph it. Sigh. What do you do with your sewing failures (if you have them?) Do you give them away or demote them to housework wear?