Monday, January 13, 2014

Getting Back to Garment Sewing

When I first taught myself how to sew, I did it with a beginner skirt pattern from Wal-Mart and some super cheap fabric. It was the ugliest thing ever and I did tons of things wrong while constructing it, but I loved it because I had made it for myself. That was almost 10 years ago!

I've sewn other garments for myself since then, but they have always been either a big hit or a big miss. The last time I sewed a garment for myself was almost a year ago and it turned out eh, leaving me less than in love with garment sewing.

Most of the store bought clothes in my closet I could honestly live without, and finding an entire "outfit" is practically impossible. Plus on top of that, I pretty much hate shopping for clothes. Plus, on top of that, I've almost always found that anything I have made for myself makes me look like a 12 year old, which is less than ideal.

But after reading this post from Sarai over at Colleterie, I've started thinking more and more seriously about really making stuff for me not just garments that I can wear. She invites us to work to build wardrobes that reflect each of us, and be the architects of our own wardrobe. Each week she will have a post that will help us become more involved with our own style, but not in a snobby fashion guru sense, but more in a self discovery type of situation.

"Let’s think about form and function, the deeper implications of our choices, how clothing reflects each of our identities, and how we can sew more and buy less."

The Wardrobe Architect

I'm really looking forward to this little series, and doing a bit more selfish sewing :) But don't worry all my quilting friends out there! I will still have plenty of quilty goodness to share along the way too.


  1. I haven't made anything for myself garment wise since I was about 17 years old! It's the boobs and hips that have me scared! lol. I shall keep watching you!

  2. This is such a great post for me right now (see my post from today). I'm going to check it out! I want to start sewing clothes. Eep!

    1. I just read your post earlier and I am totally going to do the 40 Hanger thing in my closet too! Garment sewing isn't as hard as it seams, it just takes some practice :) If I can do it, anyone can!

  3. I sew mainly for my daughter and granddaughters. I've never sewn any clothing for myself. Maybe it's time to change that!


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