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Make Me a Wardrobe 2015…

January 2, 2015

OK, so I’ve blogged about suggested resolutions for a sustainable 2015, and useful tips for anyone thinking of Buying Nothing New this year, but today I want to share with you one of my two main resolutions for 2015.
I really want to make more time for crafting and making, and to improve my skills at sewing (beyond bunting and cushions…!) so I’ve decided to set myself the challenge of making an item of clothing a month throughout 2015. So by the end of the year, I should have 12 new handmade pieces of beautiful clothing in my wardrobe, and hopefully will have learned lots of new skills along the way!

Who wants to join me…?

sew your own warrobe 2015

 

I’m planning a whole series of posts showing what I’m planning to make, what I make, and I will share any disasters with you too, so hopefully you can learn from my mistakes..!
If lots of people want to join in, we could set up a special hashtag for sharing our creations of social media-who fancies it?!

EDIT-we now have a hashtag people! It’s #mmaw2015 (Make Me a Wardrobe 2015)
mmaw 4
If you share any of your creations, use the hashtag and I’ll do my best to find them all and share!

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    • Reply Jen March 17, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing! Can’t wait to follow your journey 🙂

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    • Reply Jen February 20, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply Nikki February 19, 2015 at 12:00 am

    What a great idea! I’ve caught on a bit late, but at least I can still make myself 10 garments. A great way to stay motivated and to get lots of practice (which I definitely need). Sharing this 😀

    • Reply Jen February 20, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Yes, do come and join us!

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    • Reply Jen February 16, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks for sharing #mmaw2015! Sounds like a fab idea 🙂

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  • Reply fredthethread January 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Making your own garments is so wonderful, not only can you get a style that you like, but you get a great fit too.

    I have started a monthly sewing circle in my area, to share a really easy blocking method that you can use as a basis for anything you want to make as well as create a friendly support for people when they get stuck. Its a dream I have had for a while, but so far the response has been – rather small. I hope that it will gain momentum as more people take up sewing. Its really in my heart to help women get the confidence.

    Good luck with your year, I am looking forward to seeing what you make!

    • Reply Jen January 30, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      That sounds like a fab group! Keep going, be patient, it will grow!

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      What a fabulous idea to have a fabric swap! Can anyone go, or is it just for sewing club members? Can I share it on the FB page?

  • Reply Lonna Jo January 16, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I’m in! Last year, I made a few shirts from upcycled materials and have given them new life this month as they were worn (or stained with black sharpie marker).

    • Reply Jen January 19, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      Wow, making shirts! That’s fab 🙂

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    Love the idea of making do and mending. I’m helping out in a repair cafe over here and hope it will take off. Started a fix it regular post on my blog too!

    • Reply Jen January 5, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Brillo-let us know how your repair cafe goes! I’ll check out your fix it post too 🙂

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    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks for sharing Nicola!

  • Reply Lyn January 3, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Definatly joining in with this idea 🙂

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Fab! Welcome aboard Lyn 🙂

  • Reply Sandra GIlbert January 3, 2015 at 11:21 am

    This is a great motivator, I know I won’t have time to make one item per month I think I will probably be nearer one per quarter! I look forward to following you in your sewing adventure 🙂

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      One per quarter is great Sandra!

  • Reply geraldinehar January 3, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I’ve just about finished knitting a sweater dress and hoping to continue as I’ve started with only hand made/ pre loved clothing for 2015. Up for the challenge, saving money and having something unique!

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Brillo! Wow-knitting a sweater dress sounds fab!

  • Reply jo January 3, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I’d love to give this a go. Last October I got my machine out for the first time in 3 years. It needed a little tweaking but It’s up and running now. I feel a little rusty sewing at first but managed to make a very simple shift dress for new years eve following a sew over it pattern. I have loads of fabrics that need using up so 1 item a month would be a great way to use them.

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Oooh-I have the Sew Over It shift dress pattern! It’s one of things I want to have a go at-was it easy?

      • Reply Noraathome January 3, 2015 at 10:07 pm

        They do a nice 1940s tea dress too……

        • Reply Jen January 4, 2015 at 3:43 pm

          Oh crikey-my list may well end up at over 12 items!

  • Reply Jane G January 3, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Sounds like a brilliant idea, I intended to do that last year, but got too busy. I’ll definitely try to get some done this year

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Fabbo!

  • Reply downmyfront January 3, 2015 at 12:27 am

    I have made clothes in the past (when my kids were little) and also costumes for my local drama group. I would love to make something for myself again. I am self taught so my methods may be unorthodox!!
    Count me in.
    Kay

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Yay! And unorthodox is great 🙂

  • Reply Maryom January 2, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Time’s my only problem. I’m aiming to set aside time each week when everyone else is out of the house for making clothes and general sewing,so I’ll be joining in but maybe not as much as an item a month

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Fabbo! Welcome aboard 🙂

  • Reply Lorna January 2, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    What a great idea, I have a stack of material bought for making clothing for me but never got around to actually making 🙁 I’d love to join in x

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Hurray!

  • Reply Helen January 2, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I need to sort my house out before making clothes but it will be interesting to read about your endeavours.

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Great! Maybe we might even tempt you to join in occasionally…!

  • Reply Meg and Gosia January 2, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I love the idea but shall struggle as a/ I have loads of time commitments what with my dissertation and starting a new venture and b/ more significantly from the clothing perspective, I’m starting my 3rd year of a 3-year clothes rationing experiment and even fabric eats into my strict rationing allowance. I will, however, participate in the background in a modified manner. I shall set myself the challenge of making an item per quarter out of ‘reclaimed, scavenged materials…”.

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Sounds like you have an exciting year ahead! Love the idea of making from reclaimed and scavenged materials-would love to see some pics as and when you make some things!

  • Reply Lyndsey January 2, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Sounds great. I am commiting to make one item which I think will be pjs or nightie. I look forwards to watching your wardrobe grow.

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Hurray! Make sure you post us a pic when you’re done 🙂

  • Reply Noraathome January 2, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I think we may have been twins separated at birth!

    I’ve decided to make myself a pair of high waist sailor type pants (very 1950s)….and yesterday bought a lovely 1950s tea dress pattern (hmmm….theme appearing here!) I follow Handmade Jane who makes lovely stuff…so…….I think what I’m saying is…..count me in!

    Hadn’t planned on a new item each month….but there’s nothing like a challenge to focus your mind! As I blog (which I also hope to do more!) I’ll mentionlink up with you to keep the guilt….I mean encouragement going!

    Great one! Thanks xxx
    Nora

    • Reply Jen January 2, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Oooh, I’d love to make a tea dress!
      It’s going on the list….!!

      • Reply Noraathome January 3, 2015 at 10:02 pm

        A PJ pattern fell into my shopping basket today….oooops! ;). Adding those to my list!

        • Reply Jen January 4, 2015 at 3:42 pm

          Everybody needs PJs!

  • Reply Handmade by Lorna January 2, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I would love to make my own clothes and plan on doing some making this year although it will probably be for my little boy. I am looking forward to seeing what you make.

    • Reply Jen January 2, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks Lorna! There are some very cute patterns out there for small people aren’t there?!

  • Reply R January 2, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Have you heard of Me Made May? I took part last year and it really encouraged me to make more clothes for me and I’ve been wearing more me made things ever since. My challenge this year is to make trousers. I bought a pattern on new years eve last year but haven’t made them yet.

    • Reply Jen January 2, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      I have! I tried to do it last year, but without really enough homemade clothes to do it properly. Hopefully this year I can join in properly!

      • Reply R January 4, 2015 at 7:35 pm

        The thing I like about Me Made May is you set your own challenge, it could be wear one thing for one day of each week in May or it could be wear completely self made clothes the whole month. I challenged myself to wear something I’d made for 2 or 3 days each week and surprised myself by managing to wear something I’d made every single day for the whole month (I was inspired to make some more things during the month so that I could wear them).

        • Reply Jen January 4, 2015 at 8:26 pm

          Hurray! It’s like lots of things, you just need to make a start, and then it gets easier to keep going! What a great Me Made May you had 🙂

  • Reply Green Bee January 2, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I still haven’t perfected my cushion making skills yet but I’m for improving so happy to look and learn. Thanks.

    • Reply Jen January 2, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Yay-learnalong with us!

  • Reply dressmakerjan January 2, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Jen, This is a great idea, I posted something similar on my FB page to encourage my dressmaker followers to make 1 new item of clothing a month. I’m also thinking of running a workshop in March sometime to help dressmakers know how to choose a pattern to suit them and choose fabric that suits both them and the pattern they’re going to make. In the mean time – if anyone needs lessons – Frugal Wench – I’m near Basingstoke 🙂 find me as Sew Different on Facebook

    • Reply Jen January 2, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks Jan!
      I think that finding a pattern that suits you is difficult-what a great idea to run a class on it. I once spent AGES making a wrap dress (with a LOT of help) to wear to my brother’s wedding. I picked a wrap dress as I was breasfeeding, and needed something ‘easy access’! But when I’d made it, I tried it on and it really didn’t suit me at all 🙁
      So hard to not be able to try on before making..!

  • Reply Alison January 2, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Sounds good to me, I’m at the bunting and cushion stage too and been thinking that I would like to do more this year.

    • Reply Jen January 2, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Yay! Come and join me-we can learn together!

      • Reply Alison January 2, 2015 at 9:33 pm

        Looking forward to seeing how this goes. I have loads of ideas (not sure they match match my ability tho!), just lacked the motivation to get going with them, think this idea might be just what I need!

        • Reply Jen January 3, 2015 at 5:18 pm

          Yay! I’m aiming to start small/easy, and hopefully build from there!

  • Reply Frugal Wench January 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I would love to have a go, but I think I’d have to start with bunting and cushions! I really do want to learn how to sew this year though.

    I need a knitting project to make presents for my friends’ babies. I don’t think I’d be able to match your 12, but can I start with 2 for small people?

    • Reply Jen January 2, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      Yay! Join in with knitting, that’s fab 🙂
      And yes, learn to sew!!

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