Laundry Day

Maintaining a self-made wardrobe can be exhausting, don’t you think? Even though I’m pretty sure the pieces I’ve made are generally better-constructed and burlier than ready-to-wear pieces, I still feel like I should hand-wash them. Here they are, getting ready for the final week of Me-Made-May 2012! I think the week for solid repeats is finally upon us.

Both MMM ’11 and ’12 have helped me practice non-attachment with garments I’ve made and bought; I’m going to march this pile of self-mades and thrifted pieces to Buffalo Exchange and/or the Goodwill with the intention of making room of even better-fitting, more-functional, beautiful clothing.

Nothing is more irritating to me than obligation clothing: things I’ve made or thrifted that stare at me accusingly when I open my closet and pass them by yet again.

Do you care for your self-made clothing differently than your ready-to-wear pieces? Do you have a favorite way to find new wearers for projects that just don’t get worn?


4 thoughts on “Laundry Day

  1. I'm much more cautious with my me-made clothing than my RTW clothes (which all get tossed into the washing machine and dried on high heat at the laundromat!). I think it's really good to be able to let go of things you've made but don't wear. I don't know if people appreciate some of the handmade or vintage items that I've donated, but at least they stand a chance of being worn and loved.

  2. I totally agree with your philosophy of passing things along! Even if it is hard to donate something that took you hours of effort to make, it's better that somebody gets to enjoy it if you're not going to!

  3. Thought-provoking questions! I definitely do not treat my me-mades garments with any special laundry attention. I made a decision a long time ago that I'd only make things that could be chucked in the washing machine, with maybe a cursory press with the iron afterwards. Generally I get rid of unworn self-made garments because they are either too small or too big for me. I have a few friends who are smaller than me and a friend who is bigger than me, and that's often where those garments get sent! I agree, it's good to move along the deadweight, someone out there might LOVE to wear that garment and it's not going to reach them if it's spending years holed up in your wardrobe is it? Well, that's my thoughts on it anyway, I have hoarder friends that would disagree!xxx

  4. I love that you already have a process in place for ill-fitting self-mades! I am secretly a hoarder at heart who has been working on adopting a minimalist stance for some time now.

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