Self-Stitched September: Another Month of Handmade Outfits

Whew, it’s over! I have to admit the first thing I feel is relief. It’s hard work taking photographs of yourself and writing interesting things about your outfits everday! The weather, the workday and the daylight all contribute to photo success or failure. (How am I going to manage blogging in the wintertime? Do you guys all switch to indoor photography?)

Like I did for Me-Made-May, I created a little Month-in-Review collage:

Favourite outfits this month:

Least favourite outfits:

What did I learn?

I found this challenge harder than Me-Made-May! I guess it’s true what they tell you in school – preparation is key! And having an organized closet helps, too. Partway through the month I started to re-organize my closet but never finished, leaving a pile of clothes in front of the closet door, which I had to step over every morning. What a pain!

I reached for the same things over and over this month: my Beignet skirt, my glencheck vest, my black ‘Armani’ skirt. It was basic items that got me through the challenge – and yet basics are the things I make the least! I’m so attracted to prints and bright colours to sew with, but when it comes to getting dressed, basics are what I reach for.

I also learned – not that I didn’t know already – how critical we can be of ourselves. Especially when forced to look at self-pictures every day. I started to examine the way my jeans fit, the shoes and purses I picked, and oh, the hair! I ended up getting my bangs trimmed twice in September so they wouldn’t look strange in photographs, and I put way more effort into doing my hair in the mornings because I knew I’d be taking photos. Although, if you think about it, every day you present yourself to the world, shouldn’t we put the same care into every day, regardless of whether we’ll be on camera or not? (But it’s so much work!)

Well that was a ramble.. what I mean to say is, self-examining is hard. So congratulations to you who were part of this challenge and spent the last month looking at yourself, sharing the clothes that you made and putting it all out there – you and your handmade wardrobe.

So what’s next?

A big closet purge! It’s time to go through and pack away summer clothes, donate anything I haven’t worn or don’t like wearing, and reorganize what’s left. The goal is to work towards keeping nothing but awesome items in my closet. (I’m going to keep awesome in my mind when cleaning out the closet. Does it pass the awesome test? If not then it’s out!)

Working towards a Self-Stitched Life. Figure out where the holes are in my wardrobe. And then fill the holes with more handmade items! Ideally, I’d like a wardrobe full of beautiful, well-fitted handmade garments. Even if that means I own less clothing, but better quality items.

Of course, the launch of Sewaholic Patterns! I’ve been working night and day to finalize the patterns, the instructions, and the envelopes. And I’m happy to announce the Pendrell blouse is still on schedule for the end of October! It may be the very last day of the month but I’d rather have everything perfect than rush and settle. (Wouldn’t you agree?)

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For more Self-Stitched September outfits: check out my SSS Flickr Photostream here!

15 Responses to Self-Stitched September: Another Month of Handmade Outfits

  1. Suzie October 4, 2010 at 7:16 am #

    Well done! You did an amazing job – I love all of the outfits you put together in SSS…totally jealous of your wardrobe! I think my favourites are Days 1, 2, 3, 16, 20 and 26 – these are totally my style. Well done for keeping it going the whole month. My life got mega hectic half way through the month and I didn’t even have time to breathe let alone wear self-stitched clothes and blog about it!!
    Looking forward to seeing the launch of your pattern line – super exciting!

  2. Shari October 4, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    Thanks for sharing all your wonderful outfits this past month.

  3. Tanit-Isis October 4, 2010 at 8:09 am #

    I’m feeling the urge to do a closet purge, too… a wardrobe full of awesome has always been a goal, but never one I’ve achieved. It’s so hard to get rid of the “good enough”…

  4. Clare October 4, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    Gorgeous outfits this month – my favourites are the same as yours, especially day 3. Day 26 is also cute! Anyway, well done again – great job with clothes and photos. (on a totally random note, I love the word ‘bangs’ – we say ‘fringe’ over here but I’d much rather have bangs than a fringe!)

  5. Celkalee October 4, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    Great work this month. Your posts have been informative and entertaining. Your choices were always interesting. I am of the age (over 50) where conservative is probably more the norm with most of the wardrobe in basics. I have trouble choosing the bright beautiful prints because my complexion is very fair with freckles, I feel like the prints and my freckles compete. However, you have sort of challenged me to use up some of those prints in my stash to see. Thank you for all your hard work this month…did I hear about a me-made-march challenge? If I sew like crazy I may be ready!

  6. Celkalee October 4, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    Just wanted to add another thought. I see wonderful creativity in the younger sewists. I think my generation of ladies who sew (there are not many secondary to the great “woman’s liberation” movement of the 60’s and 70’s.) approach creativity differently. This was reinforced to me in an article in Threads magazine, Issue #151 pg. 38 by assistant editor Sarah McFarland titled ” 25 Years of Change.” Take a look if you can. Brilliant perspective.

  7. Funnygrrl October 4, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    Beautiful job this month! I agree with the closet purge. Please post about it so we can get an idea of how you do it. All of us could use with a closet cleanse.
    My favourite piece of yours is your Statement Coat. I hope I have my own Statement after the Lady Grey sew along.

  8. ~Sherry~ October 4, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    I agree it is so easy to overlook the basics, but they are so important for daily wear!
    Go easy with the closet purge – I had a slightly overzealous one and now regret most of it!!

  9. Haylee October 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    I gotta say I’m impressed, not many people can say they’ve gone an entire month wearing clothes they’ve made!

  10. The Cupcake Goddess October 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    I feel exactly as you do. I’m really looking to beef up the holes in my wardrobe too and yes, I agree it was very hard to find the time to take photos everyday. I am exhausted. It’s also very interesting how critical we are of the way we look in photos. I share your thoughts exactly.

    Can’t wait for your sewing pattern debut!

  11. A Sewn Wardrobe October 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    Congrats on being done! I really enjoyed seeing your self-stitched pics; very inspiring.

    I loved your comment “The goal is to work towards keeping nothing but awesome items in my closet.” I need to look at my closet this way, too.

  12. Lisette October 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    Yay! You made it! And you looked well-dressed every day. It was certainly exhausting (just wait til I post my final photos!)

  13. Tasia October 4, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    Thanks everyone! It’s funny how just getting dressed and writing about it can be so fascinating and yet exhausting, too…
    When I do a closet-purge, I usually do a slow-purge. First things get tossed in a bag for a week or two, then they work their way down to storage, then a couple of months later when I reorganize the storage, I take a second look. So there’s lots of time to grab back something I start to miss! Or, I give things to my sister, who’s basically the same size, if I know it will look way better on her! (Plus then I can re-borrow it if need be :))

  14. amber October 13, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    Oh, your month of outfits was so much more varied and fun than mine. Ha! ;) Speaking of which, I still have to post pictures of them – oops!

  15. berry October 25, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    I like number 19 : )