Today I am not going to write in my usual blog style at all - I have had one of those weeks were I have been tired and lacklustre, and not feeling like sewing at all. This is rare for me, I can usually force myself to sew even if I am tired.
So, what I will do today is just quickly recap my makes from July to September. And tell you about my wardrobe toss out and tidy up. This may be boring to most of you who have already seen these garments, or are not interested in what I toss and keep, but it sort of provides some sort of continuity for me, as one of my behind the scenes goals was to record what I had made every month, what works and what doesnt. That has not happened as well as I would like on the blog, but perhaps in October...!
And for once, I will not be posting lots of pictures in my July to September recap. Most of you have seen them anyway, and for those new to my blog, I will be linking back to my gallery so you can have a look see there, if you want.
So, in July and August I made: 2 PAIRS OF STRETCH CORDUROY PANTS, 2 LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRTS, LISETTE TOP USING OLD T'S AND SCRAPS, 5 LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRTS, REFASHIONED KNIT TOP and 1 PAIR OF STRETCH BENGALINE PANTS
You will find these in the Gallery, if you want to see them: click here.
I schedule posted most of the August-September makes during this period as I was away. I also managed to make some Infinity scarves (worn nearly every day while I was travelling) and knitted a few neck warmers as well.
I have had a request for a tutorial for how to make an infinity scarf. When I have a little less to do, I will try do this - probably over the Xmas period, when I have some time off.
So, this week I went through my wardrobe. I haven't done this for a few years, because life went in a different direction and I was quite pre-occupied. But I really could not fit any more into the my wardrobes or drawers, and I want to make a few more things yet. So something had to give.
And Give I did. I found some RTW clothes that have never been worn, never will be worn, and won't be worn ( guess who learnt to conjugate Latin verbs as a child - that was quite good fun).
So off the the Op Shop they went....
And into the bin or into the duster or muslin making pile went old lingerie and t-shirts.
Then I had to consider my Me Made garments - not so easy, because you are more emotionally attached to them. But out went:
Skirt, made in 2013, and which I loved, but I had worn to death, and it was really very tatty...
My slim leg pants, also made in 2013. made from a larger size of a leggings pattern (gosh, I'm glad I got my hair cut). I wore these to death too, until I got really tired of them. Patterns like this are not me, but I did enjoy these and needed the fun aspect in my life then:
And my stretch twill pants, which I also made in 2013. While I loved these, they just did not really go with anything. They also wore me, and I felt quite uncomfortable. So, after a lot of soul searching, they went. Not to the Op Shop, I would have been quite upset seeing them on someone else, because I was more attached to these - I learnt a lot, and found the pattern that worked for me for basic elastic waist stretch pants. And they were too cool to wear in winter, and too warm in the warmer season:
I also got rid of my white damask pants, made in 2014. I enjoyed making them, but again, the fabric is too thick for warmer spring days, so I just wasn't wearing them. I have learnt a little more what fabrics are comfortable to wear in the seasons here. Still, this is how one learns:
And some hard thinking here - these pants are a great weight for summer, but I just felt frumpy and awful in them. I think they are just too reminiscent of the first time chambray denim was in, and they just weren't working for me. I would force myself to wear them, because, you know, I had made them, waste not, want not, and all those other phrases those of us who grew up back then are familiar with. They look nice in the picture, but the reality was I wasn't happy in them. Both the damask and the chambray did go to the Op Shop.
While I do like the pants, I think a white pair in linen would be better - and a navy pair, or at the very least, a darker denim. I am learning my style is very classic, and the white damask are a little less classic, and the chambray a little bit too casual. Mind you, I do like some casual clothes, it just depends...
That was the end of the Me Made toss out - there is more to go, but that can wait. Winter things - and I know what happens if you toss before you have made the replacement - the cupboard is bare. I have made a list though, so I know what to make.
And I also tossed bits and pieces of make up that didn't get used, or I didn't like.
So now I am ready for some spring and summer sewing - and I have some space in my wardrobe for my new garments.
What about you? Do you have trouble throwing out your Me Made Garments? Or can you say, this does not suit me, extract the lesson, and move on?
Looking forward to your thoughts...