Last weekend, I boxed up a bunch of clothes to drop off at the thrift store. Among them were quite a few me-made garments. In the past, I've been reluctant to get rid of handmade items. But my standards seem to have gotten higher, and now I just want these things gone.
Here’s a me-made blouse I've been wearing since 2005 or so, despite several problems that I kept rationalizing. Such as: I sewed the cuffs on backward (oops). There’s a little stain in front (I can just wear a sweater over it). It doesn’t actually fit right (oh that). This was one of the first "tailored" garments I made for myself, and I was quite proud at the time (backward cuffs notwithstanding). But let's be honest: it's poorly tailored. The whole body is too wide, and the shoulder seams hang way below my actual shoulders. In the years since I made this blouse, I’ve figured out how to deal with my very narrow shoulders when I'm sewing. So now I’ve finally reached a point where I look at this garment and go, NO. It has too many problems. I no longer feel cute in it, just sloppy.
Speaking of sloppiness, here are three skirts I've been wearing with safety pins taking in the waistbands, because they're all way too big (the downside of regular exercise). Yet I continued to wear them. The orange one in the middle is me-made, and I’ll need to replace that soon, because my summer wardrobe depends heavily on having an orange skirt in the mix.
The other two came from thrift stores anyway, so why cling to them? I almost got rid of the black one during a previous closet purge, but I thought, "No, you need a black skirt!" As if another black skirt (that actually fit) would be so hard to come by!
The white flowered one I shouldn't have bought in the first place. It was too big when I bought it, but I was blinded by its beauty. And it was $3.29. I figured that judicious use of safety pins would make it work. Ditto a pair of me-made black pants (not even worth photographing). I've kept “making do” with all these too-big garments that wanted to slide right off my body because I figured, hey, I'm sitting down anyway, so there's nowhere for them to go. Ugh! I’m now realizing just how many of my garments are wearable only because my wheelchair holds them onto my body.
Anyway. I'm tired of making do, and no longer interested in keeping clothes that are almost fine. And honestly, although my sewing skills have vastly improved over the years, I'm clueless about alterations. So these things are going bye-bye, to make room in my closet for new things that fit and are flattering.
Do you hang on to clothes unnecessarily? If you make your own garments, do you find it harder to get rid of those, even when you know they're not working?