Here we are – the last days of my challenge!
Dress: Vogue 1176
Cardigan: Old Navy
This is the first time I’ve worn this dress – it feels so dressy to me, and I’m not really big on straight skirts. I wore it to my recital, and I feel like it was perfect for that occasion!
Cardigan: Jalie Pleated cardigan
Dress: Vogue 8923
This is another dress I’m trying to rescue from obscurity. It’s very clingy, which isn’t necessarily bad, but I do tend to feel self-conscious when something clings to my hips. The solution? A long cardigan!
Dress: Butterick 5523
Tights: Forever 21
Boots: Poetic License
I love this dress – it’s so versatile, and most of all comfortable!
Jacket: Simplicity 2443
Top: American Eagle
Skirt: Vintage Pierre Cardin, shortened
Shoes: Cole Haan
It’s funny- I don’t really love this outfit (I feel like the boxy jacket + full skirt is a bit much) but I got several random compliments on it today! I do love the individual parts.
All my photos from the challenge are in my flickr set here.
What have I learned from this challenge? I’ve learned that I actually prefer my handmade items – I did not miss my other closet items a bit! I feel like I’m doing well making items that I want to wear – in particular, I wear a lot of knit dresses, so I’m glad that I’ve hit those hard since the last challenge in September.
I’ve worn my knitted items this month, which has inspired me to start knitting again – so excited about that! I can’t really explain to you why I stopped. I think that I associated many of those items with the period of my life when I made them – a time when I was working a job that I hated, when I felt trapped and alone. Now that I am happier, I’ve found it hard to shake the memories. Perhaps those items have finally lost their bad associations for me? I tend to do that… if, for example, I wear a certain perfume during a bad event, I might remember that event and stop wearing the perfume. Of course, I do still have fears for my wrists, so my knitting will be slower, but I’m finally motivated again!
Traveling while participating was a challenge, but it helped me to really distill my travel wardrobe. For once I didn’t overpack (though there were two dresses I never wore!) I missed a few days of the challenge – some without photos, some where I only wore concert dress, and some where I only wore pajamas (while getting rid of the nasty Italian virus I picked up!)
My summer sewing plans include many cute dresses. Self-stitched September was really life-changing for me. I realized that I wasn’t dressing to make myself happy. What makes me happy? Wearing dresses most of the time. Now I do, and getting dressed every day is so fun! I plan to continue that into warm weather, hopefully making and wearing many cute dresses. I also plan to knit some cardigans – I have many black/neutral cardigans, but not so many colorful ones.
I’m on spring break starting today, so I hope to get in some good crafting time. In addition, one of my friends and I are going to do a thrift expedition/clothes swap, so I’m really looking forward to that! Thanks to everyone who has commented – and congratulations to my fellow me-made-March participants. I have enjoyed seeing what you are wearing every day!