As it happens, the first garment that I tried to sew was a Silk Spectre costume that was doomed to failure. Now, two years later, I finally accomplished it and wore it to HeroesCon:
I doubt I'll get around to making an FO post about it- all I did was make a chiffon overdress to wear over a purchased corset and shorts, but still, if some better full-length shots surface, I'll share. And how fitting is it that I share a picture taken with my friend Alyssa, who I met and danced with at HeroesCon last year!
Now a few notes on pattern testing- I've encountered some internet nastiness after I started pattern testing, and I feel like part of it is out of people misunderstanding the pattern testing process. The issues that I have encountered with patterns that I have tested on this blog are discussed with the designer and corrected before the pattern is made available for public purchase. Some issues are unique to specific sizes, especially since some designers draft the larger sizes from a different block than the smaller sizes. Some issues are just a matter of personal taste. When you test a pattern, you're supposed to sew it as drafted for the sake of catching any issues the designer may have missed. In the case of my Betsy skirt, I knew it was drafted to be a longer pencil skirt. I thought it would be worth trying the longer length on me. I tried it, and I didn't like it, so I chopped off the excess length to make my garment wearable. The longer length as drafted was just not flattering on me.
Sometimes issues come up in the sizing. With my Tap Shorts, some people pointed out that they are too tight. I personally like this style as being tight, and feel that the sizing issue for me with that pattern would be remedied by simply using a stretch fabric (which I have done, btw, and will blog about at some point). However, I did bring up that issue with Katy and Laney during the testing process and after rechecking the ease on the different sizes and versions of their pattern, they noted that the sizing was a little off and adjusted the pattern accordingly. I forgot to mention that in my post on my shorts and later when I remembered it, I didn't think it would be that big of an issue given that it was rectified before the pattern was made available for purchase.
In any case, if you have specific concerns about a pattern after seeing a post on the pattern testing, you should always feel free to email the designer and ask them about it. I know that Abby at BlueGingerDoll and Katy and Laney would be happy to address any concerns.
Anyway, looking through my old posts, I realized that the first finished garment that I ever posted here is one that I still wear!
It's certainly not perfect- nothing I sew is really perfect now, two years in, and it certainly wasn't back when I made this after having been sewing for like three months- but it's still perfectly wearable.
Out of curiosity, what is the oldest this that any of you all have sewn that you still wear/use?