Hello dearies! Sometimes things just do not work out the way you had planned them. I had planned on writing up this “garment making process” post in expectation of showing you the finished product next week, but alas, that shall not be. At least not in the way I had planned.
If you’ll remember this post I did back in the spring on Palazzo pants, I said I planned on making myself a pair at some time in the future with some crazy vintage material I had. Well, I made the pattern, made the mock-up (it fit perfectly), and was putting together the final pair. I tried them on, and my heart sank. The rayon was so drape-y that they fit, ahem, a wee bit too well in the rear. Yep, not good.
I tried solution after solution. I thought I had finally come up with one, but when I tried on the finished pants, they still fit too well. I came up with a cover-up solution, but I still wasn’t happy. I wanted to start over with a blank slate, and not have to think about those pants again for a few days. They were wearable, but I knew I probably would not wear them as much as I wished to just because of the fit issues. But that’s what sisters are for…
I told the girls about my dilemma, and Charlotte piped up, volunteering to try them on. I let her, and, boy, did those palazzos look smashing on her! They just fit perfectly in every way! The print, the style, the fit, it was Charlotte all over. So now, those pants are Charlotte’s. You just might see them on the blog, if Charlotte decides to show them off, but you won’t see them on me. I love having sisters. Most of the time, if something ends up too small for me, it will fit one of them, and by being able to
pass off give my unsatisfactory garment to them, I get the blank slate that I needed. And some encouragement to do better next time. 🙂
So, what am I going to do now, you ask? Make another pair of palazzo pants. WHAT!? After you just failed in making a pair? Yep! I’m not going to let my mistakes beat me. That pattern needs to be refined, and I want a pair of palazzo pants for myself. I have a battle plan, but if it doesn’t work out again, I won’t take it as a defeat, but rather as another lesson learned. Each failure, each mistake, only helps me get to the final, practically perfect, finished garment. Even if that means the finished garment isn’t the one I originally had in mind! Isn’t that how God sanctifies us? He lets us make mistakes, and then teaches us through them. We don’t end up where we planned to, but we are exactly where He wants us to be. Yes, it is hard to fall, and sometimes I just want to give up, but He always clears the way again, and shows me what mountain to climb. And when that mountain has been ascended, oh, won’t there be such a glorious view? And then I’ll look up, and see the next mountain to be defeated, and a loving Lord leading the way. I can’t see, but He can, even if it’s in such meager, petty things as a failed sewing project. Precious fabric? yes. But the delight in an even more precious sister’s face is so much better. And now I have a new mountain to climb, and I think I can see the route I need to go on. We’ll see where the Lord leads.
What do you think when you fail a project?
Do you take it as a failure, or as a building block to a better end?
What mountains have you been climbing lately?
Blessings in the One who gives us strength,
the Middle Sister and Singer