Saturday, May 1, 2021

Me Made May 2021

 It's time for Me Made May again! This is an annual challenge to wear your handmade clothes for a month - in whatever way you want to do it. This year, I plan to wear at least one me-made every day, take a photo, and post it on Instagram. This is will be fun and difficult since I have been staying in lounge clothes a lot lately. It will take effort to put on real clothes EVERY DAY for a month!

I'd also like to post about my handmade wardrobe in more depth here, though I am not planning to do it every day. 

Looking at my closet, I realized that I no longer remember the pattern for each item of clothing! I have sewn so many things that they blur together a bit now. If I post more often, I will have a record of the pattern, fabric, and changes I made to the pattern. 

It is nice and sometimes helpful to look back and remember what I made during certain years or seasons. I bet it would be interesting to see how many things I made each year, and what kind of things - like if I went on a boxy t-shirt spree and then switched to quilts.

It's helpful to know how much I lengthened something, or if I slimmed the legs, or made the waistband wider. The next time I make it, I already know what I did last time. I usually make notes on the pattern pieces, but it can help to have more detailed notes on the changes. 

I hate when I can't remember something, so I could end my frustration when my memory fails me!

My first closet mystery:

Is this boxy shirt a:

* Shirt No. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing?

* Bo Shirt from Seamwork? (If so, I left off the sleeve cuffs)

* Lou Box Top from SewDIY? (I didn't think so, but it is a boxy shirt that I've made multiple times.)

Answer: Shirt No. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing, in Nani Iro double gauze. I had posted the shirt on Instagram a few years ago, so I found the answer without having to look at line drawings (or at the pattern pieces) to figure it out. I did grab the line drawings to post here, since I thought it might be interesting to see them. The three patterns are similar, but they each fit differently. 

More Boxy Top Talk to come, probably!

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