The Self-Made Wardrobe is a project where I only wear garments I’ve made.
It’s a year long experiment in getting dressed without clothing labels –
it’s a year about noticing patterns, trying things, and observing what happens.
Day 248 – Sunday, April 5th
hand knit sweater dress // black leggings
black scarf // various rings
There’s a pretty huge divide between what I enjoy wearing, and what I enjoy making.
The clothes I like wearing, are basic, straightforward, wearable, subtle.
The projects I like making, are large, intricate, details, colorful.
These points are all true.
And yet, What is also true?
I love wearing my Versio sweater, which is in no way subtle.
I love making simple projects with exquisite details that no one will see.
I loved making my graphic silk circle skirt, which isn’t loud or complicated, but is the only piece in my wardrobe people ask me if I’ve made.
I find hand sewing & stockinette in the round, both incredibly boring, and at the same time, meditative & immensely satisfying.
And what is also, also true?
If there is a venn diagram of what I enjoy making, and what I enjoy wearing:
– some projects live in one circle,
– some projects live in the other circle,
– some projects live in the center where the circles overlap,
– and some projects are sneaky, they live in one circle, but look like they belong in the other,
– and other projects look like they belong outside the venn diagram, while actually living in the center of it,
– and still other projects look like they would fit in perfectly, while actually living in the land of things I don’t like making or wearing.
And if that’s not enough confusion for a Friday morning, I don’t know what is.