I keep the clothes that I have made and the clothes that I have bought in separate closets. Sort of unpractical, I know, but I do this so that I always look at the clothes that I have made first, and try to draw as many outfits as I can from that closet.
And I cherish the clothes that I have made, because I worked hard on them, and they all hold memories. But sometimes, some of these clothes just have to go. I shouldn't wear something just because I made it if it has something else glaringly wrong with it! So, this week, I had a little retirement party for a few particular pieces. They have been good to me, but it is just their time to say good-bye.* Please join me as I raise a glass and toast each one for their stellar (but no longer needed) performances.
Mash-Up Skirt: You were a good idea, in theory, but in execution, you sadly just don't really work. You just don't fit right, and you don't really go with anything. Thank you for your valiant effort, though, and helping me get through Self-Stiched September! My glass is raised to you, my Frankenstein.
Child's Jumper: The thing is, you look like a sack. I'm sorry, but the truth must be told. I do like you with a belt, but I find it extremely hard to find something that looks good worn either under you or over you. And for some reason, I chose to give you green buttons, which basically means it is impossible to match you with anything else. I will always love you for being the first thing I made back when I began my re-foray into sewing garments in 2007, but it's time for retirement. I will always think of you fondly!
To my Cropped Wool Pants: You've been a staple. You've real been there for me. I appreciate all your hard work. But you wrinkle in strange places (ahem, crotch) and my calves are apparently too big for you, because you always get weirdly stuck on them, and it is bothersome. But fear not! I am working on your replacement right now! Same exact fabric, better made pants. So you, my friend, will have to retire, but your spirit will live on in this second incarnation! My best to you!
* It's time to say good-bye, yes, but they aren't going far! I could never bear to throw any of these away, so they are just retiring to a bin on a shelf above my closet, where they will have a warm and happy little existence...and I may pull them out of retirement at some point if I ever need them :)