One of the things I love about MMM is seeing older sewing projects in action. It gives me a chance to snoop around and see what’s found its way into a regular wardrobe rotation. I’m always trying to replicate the magic that makes a garment go from a finished project to a fully-functioning member of a wardrobe. Often, it’s great fabric, construction techniques or a near-miraculous fit. Every once in a blue moon, it’s a piece with beginner mistakes, bad fabric or an unlikely pattern that ends up being the glue that holds a wardrobe together.
So, in the spirit of appreciating those magical garments, here are the three oldest sewing projects still in my wardrobe.
Garment 1: a ruffly top made from super beefy grey cotton jersey (dyed to make it a more subtle color). Early 2011.
What it’s up to these days: Yoga and running.
Why it’s lasted: It’s not as much my style anymore, but it’s good for exercise because the fabric is sturdy and it stays put because it’s pretty fitted. Also, it was one of the first project I made with overlocked seams. (At the time, I didn’t realize that I was using a woven pattern and went ahead with trying to use a narrow hem on the ruffles. It curls quite a bit, but it’s fine for working out.)
Garment 2: Disco prairie dress, made in quilting cotton. March 2011.
What it’s up to these days: It’s doing occasional sundress duty. I don’t wear it a ton, but it’s fun to pull out on a warm day.
Why it’s lasted: I sewed this up pretty hastily in a fit of MMM-induced panic sewing (before we were all more aware of that sort of behavior!) It’s survived because I de-winged it and fixed up the shoddy invisible zip installation. I do wish I’d graded the waist seam allowances when I was fixing the zip!
Garment 3: Linen tank – also March 2011!
What it’s doing now: Getting worn frequently in warmer months! I would say that this is my oldest piece that I wear regularly.
Why it’s lasted: I love the fabric weight, color and design. It’s good for layering and on its own, and just seems appropriate for most occasions in my life. Recently, I re-hemmed the bottom because I’d sewn the front and back together with the hem of the skirt still attached and it bugged me every time I wore it.
What’s your oldest self-made? What’s the secret behind its survival? Please do share a link to yours in the comments section, or even write up a post and report back – enquiring and nosy minds want to know!