Another Me-Made May in the books. As I said on Friday, I learned a lot in the last month about where there are holes in my handmade wardrobe.
Another important take-away from MMM, though, was the handmade items that I don’t wear. I figure how often I wear a handmade item during MMM is a pretty good barometer of how well I like it. And if there is a handmade garment that fits my wearability criteria (i.e. is nursing friendly), and I don’t wear it or even think about reaching for a single time during MMM, it shouldn’t really have a place in my wardrobe.
There are several items that fit the bill this time around.
First up is my Red Velvet/Tiramisu mash-up:
I didn’t wear this dress once all month. Didn’t even consider it. The reason: it’s too big. I’ve lost quite a lot of weight since I made it, and the whole thing is just baggy now, particularly in the waist.
Still, the fabric is some of my all-time favorite, so I plan to salvage it. There should be plenty of material in the skirt to at least make a tank top that I know will get plenty of wear this summer.
Next, my second Darling Ranges dress, which I think I blogged once, but then deleted the post by accident and was never inspired enough to re-blog. Yep, that’s pretty much how I feel about this dress. I fiddled with the darts on my second DR and the result was that the bodice just didn’t fit very well. Plus, in retrospect, while I liked the fabric, I didn’t love it as a dress, and therefore I don’t wear it anymore. Again, I will probably salvage the skirt material for a top of some sort.
My cropped Briar. I’m just not a crop top girl. My belly is too stretched out and saggy after 3 kids for me to feel comfortable baring my midsection and our summers are too hot for much layering. The reality is I will not wear this.
My Pina dress. Now I actually really like this dress and I love the fabric, but it’s just a little too see-through for me to feel comfortable wearing it without layers. And as above, summers are too hot for layers. Instead, I think I will chop off the bottom and shorten it into a top. I might even have enough skirt fabric for a tank top. I love the fabric.
My second Sorbetto top. Again, I never blogged it. I actually didn’t like it very much when I made it, and I’ve only worn it once or twice in the last two years. Time to say bye-bye.
And finally, my graphic print Miz Mozelle dress. I haven’t worn this dress once since I made it, and it fits my nursing criteria. I just feel really frumpy in it, and the print screams of my middle school days in the mid-90s. I just can’t do it.
How about you? Anyone else purging after MMM?