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thanks all around!! – The Self-Made Wardrobe Thank Yous

The Self-Made Wardrobe is a project where I only wear garments I’ve made for a year.
It was a year about making things and seeing what happens.


self-made wardrobe thanks

I’ve touched on this a little bit before, but there’s no way in hell I would have finished this self-made wardrobe project without stupidly high levels of support for this project from everyone.

From Sarah, Erika and Tara – who were the first people I told about the project, and instead of saying “um… that’s crazy, don’t do it” were all “YES!!! YOU COULD TOTALLY DO IT! THAT WOULD BE AMAZING!”

To Isabel – the world’s best roommate! (No, but, seriously.)

To Dana – who never thought I couldn’t do it, and probably had more faith in myself than I did.

To Michele – who prodded & poked me into “just buying a stupid tripod already.” Plus, shoved a bag full of alpaca into my arms in disgust (after learning she does not do alpaca), which then turned into my handspun handknit sweater (she also let me use her electric spinner when I was all “how much damn fiber did you give me!!!”)

To Nancy – who cheered with me when I finished the final piece of my wardrobe, and who’s dinner date prompted me to finish it in the first place.

To Leslie – who gifted me 13 skeins of Misti Alpaca chunky 3 years ago, without which I would not have had a coat that could have gotten through last winter.

To all the sewing & knitting teachers I’ve ever had, and all the sewing & knitting lessons I’ve ever learned – including sitting through embroidery lessons at the kitchen table, and learning to use a seam ripper by ripping a hole in the dining room table’s table cloth.

To everyone who ever passed along yarn, fabric, or random piles of notions – some of those came in surprisingly handy!

And absolutely, most definitely to you, and everyone reading. To the commenters, regulars or first timers (Tahnee, Alicia, Melissa, Penny, Jane, Keren, zuperserena, Jeri, Christine, and everyone I’m inevitably missing!) And of course also to the loverly lurkers. Thanks for being here!!

Mwah! Thanks for all the amazing support!

(And to all the people I’m sure I forgot, extra thank yous to you too.)

6 Responses

  1. I’ve not been reading blogs lately so I saw this just now. I’m happy to have been a source of support! I wonder how you are now? Are you wearing store bought clothes more? I need to check if you wrote a post about “after the end”. I think what you did was awesome and an accomplishment you can be proud of. I was just sorting out a small part of my closet and as always I get the feeling that I have too much stuff. It’s overwhelming. Especially as someone with hobbies and their supplies. I wish I could live more simply. Using a relatively limited wardrobe is one way of doing that.

    1. Holly

      I totally understand taking a break from reading blogs!! Thanks so much for stopping in Keren, and again for your support.

      I am wearing store bought clothes, along with the clothes I made & wore for the self-made wardrobe. I’d say it’s probably 60/40 in favor of store bought, because I now have multiple pairs of jeans that I find myself reaching for over and over again. Though, I suspect this will tip over to 50/50 once the weather cools down, and I start pulling out all my sweaters again.

      It was pretty cool being able to double my wardrobe, just by unpacking a couple drawers. Although, I am also starting to feel a little bit overwhelmed by all the “stuff” I own, and one of the really cool side-effects of this project is that I know what clothes/yarn/fabric/etc I’ll probably never use, and am feeling much more comfortable about destashing & getting rid off those things.

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