Saturday, 16 May 2015

When is a handmade piece worth more of your time?

See that small pile of clothes below? That's the pile of handmade items I can't decide what to do with. They are all currently hanging in my wardrobe waiting patiently to know whether they will ever be worn again or if their fate lies somewhere else.

Pile of clothes

I'm pretty good at clearing out items that I no longer like and wear and this includes my handmade clothes. Yet it is different for these pieces. Sadly they do not see the light of day. They are all too big and look ridiculous when I put them on.

There are many reasons why they have not been added to the charity bag: I thoroughly enjoyed making them, I loved the feeling I got from wearing them, and the fabrics are just gorgeous that I can't bear to let them all go. A small but influential part of me thinks they should be unpicked and resized. Why haven't I? Time - they would all take so long to complete. Somehow it is easier to start over than alter. But isn't that just laziness? 

I'm really not sure what to do with them. What do you think? Should I just take the plunge and invest the time or should I say a fond farewell? To all? To some? I would love to know how you decide whether a piece is worth more of your time. In case you want to judge the individual pieces they are: Peacock dress, Anna, Mae blouse, Cressida skirt and Ceylon

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  1. Such a difficult question! Although I have wanted to alter my garments, the alterations I would need to make are too extensive and I'm not sure that I have the heart to do it for the same reasons as you. Having made more ill-fitting than well-fitting garments, I have decided that I am going to let go of what I have made and in the future, I will invest the time in making a toile for each fitted garment. It will take more time, but it will be more satisfying and I'll probably learn more about fitting to my body. I'll then have a TNT pattern that I can make over and over, without having to do the toile stage. This means that I'll have to resist the temptation to snap up every new pattern that is released and concentrate on mastering a few patterns, but so be it.

    As for your garments, although I think they look great on you, if you are not wearing them I would suggest you spare yourself the guilt and take them to the charity shop. You've enjoyed them and learnt something about sewing from each of them; they've served their purpose and now someone else can enjoy them while you move on with your deeper knowledge about sewing, fitting to your body, fabrics you like and dislike working with, and all sorts of other things.

    My garments aren't good enough and/or not finished so a charity shop is not an option. I'll salvage what I can (buttons, zips, etc.) and save the skirts of dresses and remake them into skirts. Apart from that, I'll try and not feel guilty as I move on and learn!

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    1. It sounds like you have a good plan for creating items that fit you well. Good luck! I was wearing these items until I lost weight, hence the indecision. I suspect I'll try to save some of them and I'll probably end up letting a few go.

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  2. Why not pick one and see how much time investment is involved in remaking? Weigh that up along with how much enjoyment you get out of doing it and how you feel about the finished item, then decide if you want to repeat it with any or all of the others.

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    1. Good suggestion. I think I'm stalling as the one I want to save the most involves a lot of unpicking. Perhaps I'll start with a simpler one.

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  3. It'll be rewarding when you can wear them again. Set yourself a goal like 1 resize for every 3 made from scratch. Or have an unpicking session watching a film... once they are in pieces they'll feel more like new makes.

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    1. I like both of these suggestions! Unpicking is always more interesting when you have something to watch/listen to.

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  4. I ease my pain by picturing the right person at the charity shop finding my treasures and knowing that's what they are!

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    1. Such a great way to think about giving up your handmade items!

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  5. I totally understand. Sometimes I get ridiculously attached to some things, especially things that I have made. If I were you I would keep them for now; maybe in a few months it may be easier to let them go.

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    1. They've been hanging in my wardrobe for months and I still can't let them go! I think I'll have to take the plunge and start with the simplest to see how it goes.

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  6. Why don't you pick the one you like best and work at it bit by bit to make the alterations you need? When you've done one you can decide if the time spent is worth the final result, then if it is work at the others gradually.

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    1. I'm loving the encouragement to give them a second chance. The one I love best will be a huge amount of work so I'll have to go with the second most loved to break past my mental block!

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  7. It would be a shame to throw them out because you put so much care in making them. If you can find the energy to alter a couple please do. Otherwise if you decide to throw them out remember that they will not be forgotten because you have them all on your blog. I had a major wardrobe clear out and some of my me mares had to go. What kept me going was the thought that they are online, that I learned a lot when making them and that I'm making space for new stuff.

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    1. Don't worry- I will definitely try to save a few of them. I wore them a lot when they fitted so they are probably worth the effort! I like having the memories of old makes online but I'm not ready to send all of these to that place yet.

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