First of all, thank you all so much for the wonderful comments on Monday’s announcement! I’m thrilled that you’re excited and interested in what I’m doing. And I plan on sharing progress updates as I get closer to launch date, look for more on the pattern line as well as exciting giveaways! (Click here if you missed it: Announcing Sewaholic Patterns!)
Here we go – Self Stitched September, day one! One piece of handmade or refashioned clothing, every day this month. I’m terribly unprepared, I have to admit. I’ve been away on vacation and secretly working on developing patterns, so there hasn’t been a lot of wardrobe-building for me. And somehow it became fall so very quickly! Yesterday was only 13 degrees and pouring rain, so my cotton skirts and floral dresses aren’t what I want to be putting on any more…
Speaking of while I was away, thanks for voting on my poll (Your honest opinion, please) on how often you want to hear Self-Stitched updates. And I was delighted that the number one response was ‘Doesn’t matter to me, I just want to see the new stuff you’ve made!’
However, the second most popular answer was ‘Every Day,’ so I’m going to be posting every (week)day this month. Not weekends but Monday to Friday, so there will be more Self-Stitched fun that usual.
I’m flattered you all want to see so much of my self-stitched creations! Of course now I’m feeling the pressure to make more new things, so as to not bore you to death with McCalls 5803 for thirty days straight. And since I barely make it out the door every morning to work, I’ll be posting today’s outfit tomorrow, and so on…
Here are a few quick shots of my self-stitched wardrobe to date – it was quite late, excuse the rather dim photographs!
Dresses: 5, Vests: 1
Jackets: 2, Blouses: 2 (including my first blouse design!)
Skirts: 5 … no pants!
Sometimes I finish a project, and even though I’m happy with the result, it’s still not something I find myself reaching for in the mornings. So, I pass it on! (To my sister, usually, lucky that we’re basically the same size!) I’d much rather have it out of my closet and with someone who will actually wear it. Yes, less items for Self Stitched September, but I’d rather have less items and love all of them, than have a closet full of half-loved items.
And to help remind me, here’s the list of at least FOUR things I’m going to make or finish to wear this month:
- Beignet! The machine’s back from servicing, no excuses not to make the buttonholes now.
- A Little Black Dress. I figure I need more pieces that can be worn over and over in new ways. (Less boring for you, less laundry for me! It’s a win-win.
- Another McCalls 7743. In a less bold print, but I love the fit and easy shape of this dress.
- A pair of wide-leg trousers. There have been many gorgeous pairs of wide-leg pants showing up around blog-world! I want my own pair – these ones! This will be the first pair of pants I’ve sewn since college so I’m quite out of practice. Plus of course, the joys of fitting pants over a bootylicious back end. Wish me luck!
Who’s playing along this month for Self-Stitched September? What are your goals, if any? What’s the one item you’re going to hurry up and finish, so you can wear it this month? Or are you completely prepared and ready to rock? Let me know in the comments!