Readers, as you know, the ongoing challenge of preventing my stuff from overwhelming my apartment and its inhabitants has been a theme here at MPB since the beginning.
One my goals this week has been to start paring down once again. Like many people who sew with (occasionally) more enthusiasm than perspective, I find myself with way more clothing than I need. It can be difficult for me to part with things I've sewn myself unless they're totally worn out, so it's easier for me to tackle the clothes I haven't sewn.
While the vast majority of my wardrobe is me-made, there are still a few items left over from my pre-sewing days, or stuff I've picked up at thrift stores along the way (or received as gifts). Alas, there are also a few me-mades that just don't get enough wear to warrant keeping.
I thought it might be fun to get your input too. If you have a strong opinion about one of the following items currently in my Discard pile, feel free to express yourself.
Starting with the hardest-to-part-with garments first, consider this vintage Norwegian ski sweater I've owned for more than a decade. I don't think I've worn it five times. The cut -- a narrow rectangle with two straight sleeves -- feels weird to me. The neckline doesn't flatter. It's also too warm for the milder winters we've been having. I hate to toss it but it just takes up space. In fact, the photo up top was taken six -- six -- years ago when I was going through my first public wardrobe culling. I couldn't let it go at that time but nothing has changed about it since then.
Next we have a very cute vintage 70's gray leather jacket, made in Korea. I bought it roughly ten years ago at a flea market and have gotten more than my money's worth out of it. The leather has stiffened a lot but it's wearable. However, I now wear only outerwear I've made myself -- it's a point of pride with me. I'm pretty sure this one should go. Let someone else enjoy it, right?
This American Apparel tee shirt, which I'm pretty sure is from the Salvation Army, is a cute color, but the message isn't me: I don't drink martinis and I don't watch The Cooking Channel. In fact, I don't even own a TV.
I hope you're not disappointed with this one. I had fun making these Thai fisherman pants (or a close facsimile thereof) and I do live on an island, but it's the wrong island for these pants. The one time I wore them on vacation, I cringed when I saw a photo of myself in them. That's enough for me. My facial expression says it all.
I don't normally pose shirtless in Levi's but I had to show you what a pair of 501's looks like on me. The rise is way too high and the back waistband reaches halfway up my back. I'm exaggerating of course, but this pair of pants, inherited from my older brother, just hangs in my closet. Sometimes I wear it when I'm doing laundry but only sometimes. Thankfully, I make my own jeans now.
Stripping down further, for some reason I thought it might be
fun to wear a vintage swimsuit, or copy it and stitch up my own. This
Jantzen suit from the 1950s, purchased on eBay a few years ago, is cute,
but I feel like an extra inan Esther Williams movie wearing it. A very old extra. Just...no.
Finally, another experiment that yielded blog content and not much else. The less said about this peek-a-boo black lace atrocity the better.
Friends, I hope this post inspires you not only to pare down your ever-expanding wardrobes, but also to consider that your trash may be someone else's treasure.
It's a brand new year: dig it out, bag it up, and spread the wealth.
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, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!