I’ve had a pretty good year (granted, my first year!) of cranking out handmade garments, and I’m finally starting to feel like I have handmade items that I can grab and wear on a regular basis. As my old clothes are starting to wear out, I’ve been replacing them with handmade ones. Although I love sewing pretty dresses, I’ve been trying to think more about what I actually wear everyday and making an effort to sew more casual and practical pieces. Let’s face it — I work in a lab, often doing physical labor and spilling things on myself, and pretty dresses are just not in the cards! Maybe one day I’ll have a fancy office job again. : )
Anyway, a few weeks ago I started taking note of how many handmade garments I had worn each week, based on the pile of laundry that I tackle every Sunday. It’s been about 3 pieces per week, consistently, for the past month or so. Not bad! I’ve been feeling good about my progress, and yes, even feeling a little smug when I do the laundry. : ) Considering I had zero handmade garments just a year ago, I’m calling this a success.
A big part of my success rate is my drawer of Renfrews, currently holding at 6 (with fabric for 2 more in the stash). These tops are just so easy to wear and care for, and they fit perfectly into my everyday lab uniform. They may not be sewing masterpieces, but they’ve been a great push in getting me to a 100% handmade wardrobe (which is still very far away, but I’m getting there).
I’ve also been wearing my skirts and dresses, like the yellow dress pictured above, which I wore to a work event earlier this week with black tights and a black floral cardigan. Skirts are generally reserved for the weekend, but I’ve been making a concerted effort to wear them every Saturday. And seeing as how my first Beignet is now finished (photos coming soon!), I now have more winter-friendly options.
All in all, this whole handmade wardrobe thing is pretty liberating. : )
What percentage of your wardrobe is handmade? And if you have a 100% handmade wardrobe, how long did it take you to get there?