Yesterday I asked you about the challenge of ditching home-sewn garments, as opposed to throwing away ready-to-wear. Well, I've discovered that it's not that hard. There are three key questions one must ask oneself:
1) Have I ever worn this?
2) Would I ever wear this?
3) Will I ever wear this?
If you consult your Magic 8 ball and you get....
...then dump quickly and don't look back!
Here are a few items I'm dumping: The jacket posted above, my first-ever tailored garment and not a bad stab, but unwearable (not least of all because of the color and the cheap polyester fabric); a sheet shirt that was never able to transcend its identity as faded old bedding; and a dress I started making for Michael's sister Sara when she was visiting two years ago, and never finished.
A little somber, wouldn't you say?
But I have even better news! Remember that men's display dummy I purchased a long time ago on eBay that was the wrong size (too big), and just sat in my foyer collecting dust and occasionally serving as a coat rack? I found a buyer for it on Craigslist! It's gone!
And -- miracle of miracles -- I think I found someone who will take my vintage luggage off my hands. I'll know more later today. I am so stoked, guys.
My next big hurdle is to sell a bike that's been collecting dust in our bedroom for many years and driving Michael crazy since it's on his side of the bed. I bought it on Craigslist for not a lot of money, but the frame is too big. Should I have to brake suddenly and jump off the bike, I would -- how shall I put this? -- crack an egg. Not very safe.
Meanwhile, look what I got for Cathy's shoe collection:
I hate paying for storage-related items like these, but they do make a difference.
Finally, readers, there's some sort of sewing blogger meet-up today in NYC I'm supposed to go to, but I'm sort of on the fence about it. As any sewing blogger knows, we're all kind of control freaks -- otherwise we wouldn't have our own blogs but would be contented reading others' -- and this one has been organized up the yinyang, as they say. It even has a costume theme!
I may pop in for lunch and skip the rest. Would that be wrong? I hope you don't think I have a bad attitude; I have a lot going on today.
In closing, I'm excited to hear that many of you will be sewing underwear with me next week -- we are going to have fun, fun, FUN!
Have a great day, everybody!
PS -- you can see all my Daily Ditches so far here.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!