About a week ago, I shared my plan to make myself clothes for the entire month of April. And then in May, I am going to only wear those clothes PLUS any new ones I manage to sew. Only my under and outer wear will be commercially produced.
One of the reasons for my current fascination with garment sewing is the reality design show Project Runway. So, I thought I would call this Project SewAWAY because that is what I would be doing. Walt suggested Project Hallway. Which made me think of calling it Project Everyday. I like it. And it is exactly what I am trying to do–create a wardrobe from scratch that I can really wear every day.
Today is the eleventh day of this project, and it is time to access what I’ve got and what I need.
As long as I made the garment, I am including it in my wardrobe for May.
So, this post doesn’t go on forever I am going to systematically share the pattern, the line sketch of the pattern, the fabric, the garment on Gertrude, and the garment on me. Here we go.
The first piece I made is from the Laurel pattern by Colette. This tunic is made of woven wool and vintage kimono fabrics. I can easily wear a base layer under it which is a bonus. I wrote about this pattern in more detail here.
Fleece is a great sub-arctic textile that has not been fully explored. You see it in active wear, but it can be used for dress wear too. I used the Coco Pattern by Tillie and the Buttons to make this retro fleece top. This time, I put the fuzzy side of the fabric on the inside.
I liked the Coco Pattern so much. I made it again. This time I added the cuffs. This one is made from a very sturdy wool knit with lace embossed onto the surface. I think this garment sends a mixed message–it says dowdy Aunt Mabel and cool vintage dress-up all at the same time. I wrote more about this garment here.
About this time, I came up with Project Everyday. This meant I couldn’t be making a bunch of dowdy hipster clothes to wear once in a blue moon. I needed to think about making clothes that I wear day in and day out. I needed to address my fear of t-shirt knits. I needed to watch Marcy and Katherine Tilton’s The Ultimate T-Shirt class from Craftsy three times and then do it. This t-shirt is made with Katherine’s T-shirt pattern for Vogue. It is made from black ponte knit. I survived! I was so excited about this t-shirt that I wore it for three days straight. Walt offered to wash it. I took that as sign that maybe I needed to make some more.
But first, I made this tunic from another Katherine Tilton pattern produced by Butterick. I made the pockets smaller and flatter as well as curved the hemline. The fabric is a beautiful soft Bamboo/Spandex cotton.
I then made another Tilton Tee using a striped Rayon/Lycra Jersey and a 100% cotton gray T-shirt from the thrift store. I struggled with combining the two levels of stretch and the different weights, but I like patchwork.
And finally, I used my left overs from the Lola and the first Coco to make another Coco. I’m telling you this pattern has it all. It is easy to sew, very wearable in our climate, and looks good.
So that is where I am at. Here is my wardrobe as it stands on the 11th day of April.
By now, you may have noticed something. Yes, it is true. This stitcher has no pants. I am going to get right on that as soon as I can convince myself to stop making t-shirts.
But first a few notes.
Why is it that the best pictures of me are always blurry or I have my eyes closed?
My palette has unintentionally skewed towards brown, black, and grey. It is true I wear these colors a lot, but it has become obvious that I need to wow it up a bit.
When I try out a new pattern, there is a learning curve related to fabric, technique, and fitting. It is for this reason, I need to discipline myself to work with the patterns I know.
The fear of pants must be dealt with.
Wearing clothes that you have made is a wonderful feeling.
I need to create a a list of what should be made when and do things in that order, but will I?
Do not wait ten days to do an update.
What do you people think? I take advice.