For me, the hardest thing about learning to sew clothes for myself has been figuring out what I will actually wear. I see this a lot with other online sewing friends too. It seems like we all gravitate toward the fun prints in the beginning, and at some point we realize that those items never get worn. Most of us grab jeans, t-shirts, and hoodies by default.
I do enjoy wearing skirts and dresses, but my everyday life includes cooking and cleaning for my husband and 6 kids, jumping on the trampoline, taking walks in the woods, playing with the chickens, and crawling around the sewing room floor. There’s a place in my wardrobe for a few nice dresses and skirts, but jeans and t-shirts are the most practical clothes for everyday wear.
I have a couple of tops I made last year that I don’t wear much. Both can be saved with simple alterations to make them more practical. But when I started thinking about what I actually wear and what hangs in the closet untouched, I thought it might be helpful to share a list of my most worn items. Here are the handmade clothes that I actually wear…
I mostly wear my
Union St. Tees
You can’t go wrong with basic t-shirts. The printed
I love the
I wear both of these
I wear these
While I don’t wear this weekly, it’s definitely in the regular rotation. For the reasons mentioned above, I like the long skirt. I need to make some adjustments to the fit in the top, but I think a solid colored
A couple of observations…
• I choose clothes based on practicality and comfort. That means almost all of my knit clothes are worn often.
• All of these are patterns from indie designers. I have made some clothes with big 4 patterns, but I rarely end up wearing them.
• Most of these are made with solid colors or neutral prints. My go-to colors are blues and browns. It isn’t as much fun to pick out navy blue sweatshirt fleece, but I know that’s what I’ll wear.
As I make plans for future clothing items, I should consider cardigans and sweatshirts. I wear these items regularly, but haven’t made any. I have been eyeing the
Making this list has really helped me to narrow down what I actually wear and given me a better idea of what I need to make for myself in the future. I highly recommend taking inventory of your handmade clothes to see what’s working for you!
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