Five years ago I began a quest to stitch all my own clothes rather than purchasing them. I didn't have a blog then, and this sort of self-challenge is probably best made quietly in case of abject failure, haha. Notice I haven't made any announcements about eating less chocolate? Right.
Well, as it turns out, purchasing store-bought clothes has a much, much weaker pull on me than chocolate does. In fact, in comparison to the thrill of making my own (and it's worth mentioning: in inverse proportion to my sewing skills) clothes shopping is dull.
Now, at the five-year mark, I thought I'd inventory every stitched item I own and see where I stand. "Every stitched item" includes, well, every stitched item. That means it excludes anything knitted, like socks and sweaters, but includes undergarments, outerwear, swimwear, exercise gear, etc.
What have I purchased in the last five years? 1 coat, 1 jacket, 1 pair of gloves, and underwear (which I wasn't interested in counting).
What have I gotten rid of? I've gradually weeded out and replaced the bulk the casual clothes I wear everyday. My remaining ready-to-wear is a lot of the extraneous stuff and dressy clothes. Many of my handmades have also been weeded out for various reasons; some of them have plain worn out. Some of my RTW garments are nice, and I don't plan to get rid of them just because I didn't make them.
I was surprised at the percentages I came up with, as I thought I had sewn a greater percentage of my wardrobe than I have. I think my perception was thrown off by the fact that I've sewn most of my casual clothes, the stuff I reach for every morning. Clearly, some more weeding out is in order, as I'm not wearing much of what I own.
Click to make the charts bigger.
Below, I've broken down two of the categories into the sub-categories:
I plan to update the graph in my sidebar periodically.
How long do I aim to continue this madness? Until some other ridiculous challenge tickles my fancy, I suppose.