Hot! Ask: 11/21/11

If you have bad luck with a pattern, is it pretty much "dead to you?" Or, do you have a tendency to try again until you can figure out what went wrong?


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. For me it depends how much trouble I had with the pattern. If it was a lot of trouble, then it might as well be dead to me or thrown away.

  2. I have an obsessive personality. If I mess up a pattern, I dream about it, I feel like it conquered me. I can’t rest or enjoy another project until I try the pattern again. If I can’t get it after a few trys, I stop wasting my time and fabric and dub the pattern “stupid” lol!!!!!

  3. I depends on if I have a good idea of how to solve the problem. I worked on shorts a good bit this summer but each iteration got a bit better as I adjusted different bits. Likewise I’m working on jeans this winter though they are a bit easier going for some reason. That said if its a unique pattern that just does not come together well for me or seems to just not be a good look for me I will likely move on and donate the pattern.


    I’ll usually give a pattern a couple of tries. It’s hard for me to give up on something I really want but, if it looks like I’m not getting anywhere after try number three, I’ll either admit defeat or proclaim the pattern “BAD” and move on.

  5. I leave it for a while, think about it and come at it a different way

  6. Sorry – If I have trouble with a pattern whether its the putting together process or the finished fit, I reassign it to the back of the drawer never to see daylight again.