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 self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!