I'm a lover of handmade.
I like to wear natural fabrics; cotton, linen, silk.
I'm tall, so shop bought clothes don't fit me very well.
I'm picky about the colours I wear.
I can sew, and trained in fashion and pattern cutting so I have the neccessary skills.
So why the heck don't I make many clothes for myself?
Partly because all I see in the finished garment are the mistakes and how I could have done something differently. The fit can always be improved, the fabric / lining choice could have been better, I should have faced / hemmed it differently... the list could go on. Secondly the time it takes to make / alter a pattern (the tall issue again), it seems very indulgent to spend all that time on something just for me.
All that aside, this is going to be the year I get on with it, and actually make more garments for myself.
To spur myself on, I am joining in with Ted and Agnes's Handmade 365 challenge. I came across this a few weeks ago and I decided to take the plunge in the new year. Admittedly I am currently only wearing handmade accessories and the odd skirt as most of the clothing I have made is summer wear. I have a stack of corduroy begging to be used and I'm raring to go, so watch this space.
If you're on Instagram search #handmade365 to see daily updates of other peoples handmade wardrobes, it's inspiring!