Monday, March 4, 2013

Planning a Spring/Summer Wardrobe

This year, instead of buying new clothing for spring and summer, I'm going to try to make my new wardrobe.

Don't get me wrong -- I'm not independently wealthy and I don't buy a whole new wardrobe every season or anything. But I do usually spend a couple hundred dollars about twice a year. I don't know if I'm hard on my clothes or what, but I tend to wear them out/stain them -- especially t-shirts and blouses.(Flat shoes, too, but I don't intend to make any of those. I'm a slacker.)

To this end, I bought several new patterns from Sewaholic and Collette and I already have some "Big Four" patterns in my stash. And I bought several lovely patterns in Seattle. Unlike the majority of sewists I know, my fabric stash is nearly nonexistent, but I have patterns galore (OK, I have like 20).

Protip: Joining Pattern Review gets you a month trial membership to their Friends of Pattern Review program. I saved a ton! You get like a 10 percent discount -- so I bought all my new patterns from there. I probably should be ashamed for not buying them directly from the lovely ladies who made them, but girlfriend loves a sale. 

Anyway, this weekend (!!) I'm headed to New York City for a sewing blogger meetup at Mood organized by Lauren and I am SO EXCITED.

I told Greg at least six times yesterday how excited I was.

I'm kind of a pain in the ass when I'm looking forward to something, I can't lie. 

I got us a hotel room for the night using a 10 percent discount. Apparently I'm loving the 10 percent discounts lately, huh? Our hotel is right in the garment district near Mood. I've got a couple other places I want to visit, too. House of Spandex maybe? The name alone intrigues me.

We also want to get some good food and maybe hang out with some friends if they're available.

But mainly, I'm really excited to meet some sewing bloggers and go fabric shopping.

My goal -- and it's a fairly lofty one -- is to participate in Me-Made May. For the uninitiated, Me-Made May involves an entire month of wearing at least one self-made item of clothing every day.

I've got two months to make enough clothing to wear for the month of May. I think I can totally do it! I have more clothing than I've posted on the blog (gotta get on that, sorry...)

Now the most important thing on my mind: What should I wear for the meetup? 


  1. If you don't bring me a Mood totebag, I am taking back my machines.

    1. Can't have that! I'll see what I can do. I bet you can buy them. :D

  2. How about making some accessories that will make me made may easier

    1. Good idea! I hope I can judiciously make some mix-and-match separates so that I can get one real clothing item per day in there (in addition to the stuff I've made already), but it might be good to think about some accessories, too! Especially going to Mood, I bet I could find some beautiful fabric for scarves and things. :)

  3. Your "lazy day" for May could just be handmade undies. Easy, cheap, and much more comfortable than oddly-sized undies designed for mannequins. It's good that you're thinking about this early!

    1. That's true! I just downloaded another free PDF pattern that looks really wearable, too!

      I think I might cheat to include stuff my mom has made for me -- she made a great shawl I've been wearing with leggings while working at home lately. So comfy cozy!

      Thanks for the comment! :)

  4. Hi Aleksandra! I'm coming to the meet up tomorrow too. Looking forward to meeting everyone. It's going to be great.
    As for Me Made May, you'll do fine. I had been sewing less than three months when I jumped into it last year, and it really motivated me. Obviously I repeated garments, and wore refashions or accessories, but I made it through the month and it was a blast.
    See you at Mood!

    1. That actually makes me feel a lot better. Thanks, Shelley! I am super excited for Mood tomorrow and I look forward to meeting you! :D