I have a small problem now that I have really caught the clothing sewing bug one half of my brain is saying “I want to sew heaps and heaps of patterns for myself” but the other half of my brain is saying “you already have a heap of clothing do you need anymore?” I’m a long term clothing person by that I mean if I truly like something I will wear it for years until it falls apart. I still have a store brought top that I wear to work regularly from like 2000. My favourite go to summer skirt I brought in 2001. Instead of making drastic changes and tossing out all my clothing I think from now on I would like to start replacing store brought items with Me Made as they wear out.
I love wearing my Me Made skirts and think it might be time to pass on all my store brought ones. To be honest these days I probably only wear one store brought skirt the rest are my own. There is nothing wrong with the skirts I just don’t wear them anymore. Is there such thing as too many skirts? I want to set myself the challenge of sewing all the 8 basic skirts from A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts, so far I have made one.
I mentioned my store brought top from 2000 which is a stylish knit t-shirt, I have the same style in various colours which I brought between 2000 – 2008. I wear one every day to work matching it to my skirt or pants. Now that they don’t make this style anymore I am going to need to make my own. I can either trace a pattern from the top or find a pattern similar. To be honest the kimono tops I have made so far I don’t like wearing to work as I can’t wear them comfortably under a jacket or jumper. I really want to make the Concord shirt as I think the sleeves on that I should be able to wear under things. Top making has always seemed scary to me as I didn’t know how to deal with my larger front area. After doing the retreats with Cashmerette tops don’t seem so scary anymore.
Last year I needed to buy new jeans after my favourite pair became indecent (I could see the bathroom floor through them) I found it really difficult to find pants that fitted. I managed to find 2 black pairs for work which are elastic waisted which served the purpose but I would like to make my own pants. I want some casual looking pants, I don’t mind if they are drawstring or elastic wasited I just don’t want them looking like pj’s. I have heaps of patterns and fabric in my stash it is just a matter of getting off my butt and making them for my butt.
At this point jacket making still seems daunting but I would like to try a simple one. I have a few cardigan patterns maybe I’ll start with those to sink my teeth into it. I want a longer cardigan as I want the lower back coverage. I have the Claire Cardigan among many other patterns so I might start with that one.
I wrote all of the above back in February as a draft blog post. Since then a couple of things have changed. I have now made 2 skirts from a Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts, instead of making the Claire Cardigan I became obsessed with the Kinder Cardigan and I have made a pair of pants (still yet to be blogged) The way I feeling back then is still how I am feeling now particularly after doing Me Made May.
I think I want to be more mindful with my sewing and clothing making. Part of my brain is trying to justify the clothing I want to make. Some of my RTW items are falling apart so I can easily justify making those. From doing the challenge in May I found a gap in my wardrobe so again I know need those but it is the new patterns that I am seeing and starting to take an interest in that my mind is questioning. The York Pinafore is a newly released pattern that I have taking a liking too but my brain struggled to justify buying the pattern. It is a style I don’t normally wear but I can see it in my wardrobe in both summer and winter (and the pockets look useful) From my stash I should have enough fabrics already to make it. Originally I thought I could try a FBA (full bust adjustment) for the first time as it is designed for a B cup so it may be a simple pattern to practice doing one on for the first time but reading the pattern in look like you only need to adjust the shoulder straps length to accommodate the larger bust which sounds very simple to do. Does it sound like I am still trying to convince myself for justifying the pattern purchase? I generally wear the same items of clothing over and over again. I am a classic 80/20 rule, 80% of the time I only wear 20% of my wardrobe. I have never really had a lot of clothes and I am ok with that. I am not a girly girl who gets dressed up every day in a different outfit with hair, make up and accessories, I put on whatever clothing is still clean and appropriate for the weather conditions that day and go to work. The only accessories is a scarf or beret if it is cold. I do want to challenge myself and step outside of my comfort zone with styles but my brain is thinking well seriously how often are you going to actually wear them.
I still want to sew my way through both the Beginner’s Guide to Skirts and Knitted fabrics. All those items will be to replace garments in my wardrobe. As mentioned in one of my Me Made May posts I am going to cull a lot of RTW items from my wardrobe if I have me made ones to replace them now. My clothes are in good condition if I waited for them to wear out it may be another 5-10 years before I get rid of things. I think by doing the cull it will also help me see what I actually have in my wardrobe and if I am wearing it or not so I know whether or not I need to bother making a me made to replace things I don’t wear. I am also putting myself on a bit of a fabric hiatus, I’m not calling it a ban or diet. From now on I only want to add to my stash if it is for something I know I need to make and I don’t have suitable fabric in my current stash. As much as I would love to making all the wonderful items of clothing I see and fabric I like if it is just sitting in my cupboard doing nothing it is a waste.