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Message Board > Fashion Styles and Trends > How many garments do you have in your closet? ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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Date: 11/4/12 7:49 AM

I am so impressed with the sewists on PR that seem to make one garment a week. That would be around fifty a year and several hundred in some years. I guess I make five to ten garments yearly.

It would be interesting to hear a little bit about what is it like to have loads of selfmade clothes. Do you manage to wear them all, or is it the sewing itself that drives you?

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Date: 11/4/12 10:52 AM

I have been hanging around PR for about 4 years, and I also am totally impressed by the output of some members. And, that amount is probably only the tip of the iceberg...as those are the ones that are reviewed or photographed. Your work is gorgeous!!

One garment every few weeks is closer to my output. I always have one project being sewn, and 2-3 in line. I try to sew all my own clothes, including hiking/riding/camping clothes. I do wear all of my creations, and donate some of it if I am not totally in love with the color/fit/style. I sew less than when I first started, and try to do my best on each step. Process, not product.

Sewing in capsules is what drives my interest. I like to sew a few outfits that can mix and match for each season. I like the idea of a wardrobe that is easy care, easy wear, and somewhat stylish. I trip up occasionally because I will sometimes make something to learn a new technique, or because someone else has made it! Then I have an orphan, and must revise my plan in order to get it into the rotation. I recently made a few tunics just to try the style, and now need to make a pair of pants that will complement the tunics! ack!
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Date: 11/4/12 11:20 AM

I too, make only a few garments a year. I very much admire others who make a garment a week, and wish I were one. It will be interesting to hear what drives those sewers--they must have a "fire in the belly" to create, I think. Hope we get some answers soon!

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Date: 11/4/12 11:27 AM

Marec--am so envious of you, that you make your own hiking, riding, and camping clothes! Can you give us an idea of what you make for tops/vests, etc, and the fabric you use? Though I am plus size and older, I am sure I could make a few things to wear to feed horses, do yardwork, go camping or walking the dogs in. Then I could look less like a baglady and be more comfortably dressed as well...

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Date: 11/4/12 2:46 PM

Hi Jocelyn, I'm retired now and can sew to my heart's content. I used to move my tops from work to barn clothes as they aged, but now I make tops, and sometimes schooling tights/breeches. I am currently making this vest using KS3930 in a multicolored zigzag corduroy:


I'm calling it my Jazzy Navaho vestI had hoped to use it this fall but it will have to wait for spring trail rides. My new guy is not quite ready for the trail (I don't quite trust that everything will be okay).

Here is another project (B5218C) which will be worn this spring while riding:


I like making these casual pieces because I use fabrics not in my normal wardrobe, like wild corduroy prints or quilting cottons. They are fun and easy to wear.

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Date: 11/4/12 3:10 PM

Ugh...this is a bit of an issue for me. Last year I had to go to a 2 closet system...the off-season clothes are moved to the spare closet. I have a hard time purging anything lately because I really like my clothes. I did ask a girlfriend last week if she wanted to go through my jackets and see if there is anything she wants so I'm getting better at it. But then again, I have plans to make another bunch of jackets. LOL
I still work part-time and love my job so no plans to retire yet, so I get maybe 2 items made per month.
I do not like to speed through my projects and I make probably 90% of my clothes. I don't know how anyone makes 1-day garments...amazing. I would have to go to a 3-closet system if I was a fast sewer! LOL I think DH might start to squawk then.

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Date: 11/4/12 4:24 PM

This all my clothes. I try not to keep clothes that don't fit. As you can see, I have a laundry basket of grubby clothes, two wire baskets of undies, a shelf of sweaters, and some unattended clothes on my jewelry box.

Of those, the teal fancy dress is something I made. All my t-shirts are altered. Most of the rest is not something I made, but stuff I "live with". I actually got rid of a lot of ill-fitting clothes to prod myself into sewing for myself, rather than other people.

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Date: 11/4/12 5:04 PM

I can sew a garment pretty quickly, but somehow I still have an occasional "nothing to wear" moment. Yesterday I made myself a skirt and hopefully filled another gap in my wardrobe

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Date: 11/4/12 7:28 PM

Love both of those patterns, Marec! When you said you wanted to take your new guy out on the trails, at first I thought you actually meant a new, human-type guy Silly me...jumping to conclusions...I hope you post your corduroy vest--just love the style. Thanks.

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Date: 11/4/12 9:16 PM

I buy enuff fabric to make 50 garments a year but..........

My output varies on what I'm sewing. It took me one month to sort out fit issues on a pair of shorts but then in the following month I've made 4 pairs. A lined jacket took me 3 months this winter to make (2 months fitting, one month sewing).

Those sewers with 100 plus reviews to their name blow me away. Garment output and a review written. Respect!

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