Every now and then I feel it is too much: I have too many clothes, everything is in a big mess, and I still don’t have all the garments I really need. I also feel I have too many patterns I didn’t use at all, or I didn’t alter enough to fit perfectly.
So I then stop and call “recalculating-me-made”.
I start organizing. I start planning. I alter and mend existing clothes. I mainly recycle and upscale some garments. I feel all good about myself. But pretty fast, as if I’m on a sewing diet, the discouraging thoughts in my head starts howling: “I am lazy for not using the machine for so long”. “My stash is not getting any smaller” and the worst one: “I will never conquer the pile of clothes I planned to recycle“.
So yes, I need to balance. After all, recalculating-me-made is not only about stopping to sew new garments. It is about taking the time to learn more techniques (craftsy here I come) so the quality of what I make will improve. It is about planning a wardrobe that I will actually use giving the non-dress code at work and the Israeli weather.
While on recalculating mode, I sometimes feel I have done “nothing”. But I realized, it is not true at all. What I did in the last month or so:
- Added hanging loops to all my garments to better arrange my closet.
- I went through my closet and got rid of old stuff I never use. I also reorganized it.
- I made 2 new skirts out of old pants (got tons of compliments on them from family and colleagues). In addition, I also learned about construction and fitting through this process!
- I mended some armholes and some zippers on old me-mades.
- I cleaned and oiled my machine (I love doing it!)
- I stopped my seamwork magazine subscription. I still love their style, but I don’t need so many patterns. will probably go back one day.
- I made pencil skirt sloper, tested it with cheap fabric and also tried to make a knit pencil skirt:
Some (Jewish new year and birthday)resolutions
- To use the fitting method both dresses and pants. (My brother arrives today from the US with the Create The Perfect Fit . I had a nightmare he forgot to pack it)
- Pants trousers and jeans: I tried a few times with the Thurlow trousers but it never worked . I also got this pattern McCall’s Perfect Jeans M5894 , and I think I even made muslin a while back, but then decided to use the denim I got for a simpler pattern.
- To improve my waistband technique. I use waistbands all the time, and I suck.
- To improve my neckline techniques for both woven and knits (I can’t make a coal collar every single time. Or maybe I can….)
- To plan ahead. I don’t like the “fashion” part of sewing. But I will have to try a little harder.
- Making knickers and bras. Come on, it is not that hard. I also need more Manila leggings and Savannah