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We did a ruthless clean out a month or so ago, and I landed up with a very edited closet of clothes: jeans, a stack of striped shirts, cardigans, and a few button-up and tunic type tops. There were very few skirts and a few dresses. No shorts. What do I have against shorts? I don't know.
I would like to make some new clothes for myself and I have a very low threshold for failure at the moment. I have sewn a lot of clothes for myself (and others) the last four or five years. There have been some stunning failures and some moderate successes (I need to go through my archives and write postscripts the viability of all the apparel I've blogged about). If something doesn't work for me but is generally well put together and might work for someone else, I try to give it away. Some things don't qualify, so I either pitch them or recycle the fabric. I don't like that stuff hanging around.
I figure if I go through some of my successes (which just means that I still wear them all the time) it will help me figure out where I need to start again. Let's examine the Short List.
Both of these tops are worn weekly. I blogged about the second top (which is from a Japanese Craft book), and the first is BBW Simplicity 3692-- I've made several versions of both of these tops. If my uniform is mostly knits, then I need to think about sewing a lot more of them. A trip to RCT is in order, I think. Also, I need to carefully consider my options at this next weekend's Bolt Sale (they are epic-- you should definitely stop in if you're around). I still don't have a serger, but I visited Portland Sewing Studio last weekend to see their collection and I'm getting closer (their collection is impressive). As a side note, Sally is teaching T Shirt class at MD soon in case you're interested.
I made both of these dresses last summer (several times over actually). Here are the original posts for Simplicity 2798 and 2995 (and here). I'm going to probably need more of these and I should include some sleeves this go-round. I have nothing against sleeves.
Oldies but goodies. I'm actually wearing that plaid jacket today. I love it. It was a little tricky to sew, but it's held up well and I love how lightweight it is. I do not love that it doesn't have pockets. The second hoodie has been good to me, but even better now that I replaced the metal toothed zipper with a plastic toothed one. I kept scraping up my neck.
Honorable mentions go to both of these tunics. The knit tunics (I ended up making two) were actually both gifts and the Liberty Tunic top has some fit issues, but I've still worn it a good amount. The knit tunic is getting made as soon as I buy more fabric.
So. First off, it's very apparent that these are really simple looking clothes. T Shirts are easy and cheap to buy, but I think I'm going to try and sew a few more anyway. Conspicuously absent from this list are skirts-- I need to find a skirt pattern with a more flattering fit (or sew a pattern I have in a more flattering way). I wear jeans every day in the colder months. This is clearly a problem from a fashion standpoint but whatever-- I'm okay with it. "Simple" doesn't mean that these clothes were necessarily simple to sew, but I think I feel my best in basic, well-fitting clothes.
Secondly, I'm pretty sure I will not accomplish a Me-Made-May without losing my mind AND (maybe more importantly at this moment) without spending a cartload of money. But I do think that if I put together a handful more things in the next two weeks, I'd be well on my way to a good Spring and Summer rotation. I have friends who wear something handmade almost every day without thinking too much about it. I did a fairly brutal stash clear out recently too, so I have a good little pile of apparel type fabric that I need to Use or Lose. I'm going to start with some copies and mods of the short list, but maybe you have some more ideas?
Phew, that was a lot of links. I sure can go on and on about this stuff.