Misses can be a lot harder to identify than the hits of the year. It’s always hard to admit that something I had high hopes for and spent valuable time making just didn’t work out. But alas, it’s true. Not every pattern works for every body, and sometimes projects don’t work out exactly as planned. Unfortunately, I had some rather big misses this year, though that fact may not be obvious to everyone.
So without further ado, here are my top 5 misses of 2015:
These were such a great idea, and I wanted to love them. In fact, I probably got more Internet love on these pants than on just about any other garment I made this year. But I don’t love them. I never wear them, and they’ve been relegated to the refashion pile, destined to become a pair of mini Hudsons for one of my kids.
I think the problem was a fabric mismatch. The denim I used was super stretchy and so it worked just fine for a pair of joggers. But it wasn’t casual enough to be sweat pants, yet wasn’t dressy enough to be the fancy, dressed-up joggers. It fell in a weird in between place that probably would have worked if I was a stay-at-home mom who wears casual clothes every day. But I’m a commercial litigator who goes to an office every day, so my opportunities for casual wear are a lot more limited.
I still love this pattern, though, and I have fabric to make another pair of true joggers. And I might even try some woven ones again, this time in something like rayon.
The leg shape on these pants is actually really nice, but again, I hate them and never wear them. This time it’s the yoga-style waistband. I do not enjoy that style of waistband, and these pants were constantly slipping down my hips. I might try again sometime with a proper waistband and side zip. Maybe … There are still a lot of patterns out there to try!
3. Striped Daytripper
This was another fabric mismatch. This is a great, simple, top pattern and I loved this fabric, but the two did not go well together. The fabric stretched out easily and had poor recovery. The result was a top that I spent half the day fiddling with and grew exponentially with every wear. It has also been relegated to the Goodwill bin.
4. Cheap denim
All denim is not created equal! I learned that one the hard way this year, partly by accident and partly through my own choices. I’m currently at four pairs of handmade jeans made from denim (as opposed to stretch twill for work), and it is painfully obvious to me which ones were made with the high-quality American-milled denim, and which denim came from Joann’s.
Another fabric/pattern mismatch. I used a ponte for this cardigan because it was all I could find in the color I wanted. Ponte is not a recommended fabric for this pattern for a reason. It doesn’t have nearly the drape and movement that the pattern needs to look good. As a result, I rarely wear it.
I find it interesting that most of my misses are due to fabric mismatches. It just goes to show that there are very few bad patterns. From what I can see, most of the time when a pattern doesn’t work it’s because (1) the sewist didn’t take time to properly fit and muslin the pattern, or (2) there was a fabric/pattern mismatch. So my lesson to take into 2016 — be more mindful of the fabrics I choose to pair with my patterns.