At the end of my Spring Break, I realized that my closet had gotten a bit out of control, to the point that I couldn't close the doors anymore. It was tough, but I sent two big garbage bags of clothes, shoes, and purses to Goodwill, and I even included a few of my handmades that didn't make the cut. Admitting that something I sewed needed to leave my closet was particularly heart-wrenching--I'm so emotionally attached to those pieces. I think I have a bit of guilt in admitting that I just don't like to wear a particular handmade garment. If I spent the time and energy to plan and construct the garment, then I feel like I have an obligation to wear it. I'm aware that this is not an entirely rational argument.
After the pains of purging came the joys of a clean closet with pretty much every item visible. The doors can now be closed, which, interestingly, has lead to other changes in my morning routine. I've never been one to make my bed (just ask my mom!), but having a clean, organized closet makes me want to have everything else in the room neat and tidy. My husband was really confused at first, but I think he has appreciated that small step in housekeeping.
All of this closet-focused energy is quite timely as Me Made May is just around the corner. I really enjoyed participating last year, and of course, I want to raise the bar a bit for this year's challenge. My wardrobe is not 100% handmade, actually not even 50% handmade. I have never made pants or knitted a sweater, so those items are all store bought. My percentage of handmades is quite high for skirts and dresses; 71% of my skirts are handmade, along with 63% of my dresses. I've made quite a few blouses this year, but still, only 31% of my tops (shirts, cardigans, blouses, across seasons) are handmade. I started to wonder how much of my wardrobe I actually want to be me-made. As much I might love to have passed every item in my closet through my sewing machine, I don't think that's a realistic goal for me. I work a full-time job, I'm a mama to my two precious babies, and I want to have time to hang out with my husband and maybe even have a few friends. While my sewing skills have progressed significantly since I started sewing in earnest five years ago, sometimes I'm still unhappy with the way my garments turn out. I don't think I should force myself to wear things that I don't love.
Is it hard for other sewists to let go of handmade garments? How much of your wardrobe is me-made?