Do you ever wonder what happens to handmade garments after their initial blog debut? I do! It’s one of the reasons I always enjoy Gillian’s year-in-review series where everyone confesses which garments didn’t quite live up to their expectations. We all put so much work into our garments… but then what? Are we still wearing them a year later? Did our tastes change? Did the garments survive the wash?
And why am I talking about failed garments and my beloved Archers in the same post??
Well, I have a confession to make. As the long winter drags on, I’ve realized that I haven’t been reaching for my Archers anymore. It’s not that I don’t love them. In fact, I’m actually kind of sad that they haven’t been making the rounds lately. So what gives?
People, IT’S COLD. So cold, in fact, that a loose-fitting woven top just doesn’t cut it in the warmth department. I’ve been layering with close-fitting tops and sweaters that hug my body and keep in the heat. The lightweight cotton of my precious Archers combined with the generous cut (read: plenty of room for cold air to seep in!) are just not a good combination for winter. There, I said it! I’ve come to the conclusion that my Archers are 3-season garments. Perfect for transitional weather in spring and fall, and even great for summer in all those air-conditioned buildings. But winter? Not so great.
Some of you may recall my grand plan of sewing Renfrews to match my Archers, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be. It turns out that getting a long cotton sleeve to fit into another long cotton sleeve produces almost enough friction to start a fire, and if you do manage to squeeze into those sleeves, it’s pretty uncomfortable to wear all day. Womp womp. I am crying a single tear.
So where are my Archers now? Hanging in my closet, being neglected, and waiting for warmer days when I can wear them with a tank top. Until further notice I’ll be living in my huge puffer coat and covered with a down blanket.
Do you have any handmade garment confessions to make? It feels good to let them out. 🙂