For me, MYOG is a funny (sometimes frustrating) hobby because projects can go so right and also go so wrong. I know I've made things I'm really proud of, and only days or weeks later thought I had another good idea and tried to sew it, and had it not turn out at all. I don't always know why it goes that way either. Sometimes I keep sewing when I shouldn't, and sometimes I'm sitting in my chair in front of my sewing machine going, oh my god, did I just ruin this expensive project...
Other times, I've been surprised that I pulled something off, or that I created something that is lighter/better/cheaper than what I could have bought in its place.
With that in mind, tell us about your MYOG best and worst.
My best: I think for me it's a toss up. When I first started making my own stuff, I made a Green Pepper pattern pullover with 1.1 oz ripstop and primaloft sport. I was in over my head but it surprisingly came out great, and while I can look at it and find flaws, I wore it a ton during the winter.
My other possible best is a two man, silnylon/no-see-um tent (I like feeling zipped in). With its pole it weighs 14.6 oz. I worked from my own drawings and it could have been a disaster, but thankfully it wasn't.
My worst: These are the projects that have made me want to quit sewing. I'm not counting things that I just had to throw to the scraps (I tend to forget these), but stuff that I actually finished and sometimes use.
One of these things is a climashield and momentum 90 quilt. For this quilt I tried to make four yards of momentum into what basically was a big pillowcase, put two yards of climashield inside, stabilize it, and then sew the top shut. This didn't work, and I had the climashield slipping around inside as I tried to sew it to the edges. Despite getting some of it stabilized, the quilt feels like lumpy insulation floating around inside a ripstop bag. It's also lopsided because I badly serged the top shut. One side of the quilt pulls one way and the other side pulls the other.
I've used it car camping and it still works. It's warm and sometimes my wife and I use it as an indoor comforter. When I was sewing it though, I felt like I was throwing away somewhere around seventy dollars.
One of my issues is that the worse things seem to be getting as I work on a project, the more feverishly I work on it. I need to learn to take a break when I notice a mistake...
Anyway, what have been your best and worst MYOG projects?