A Look Back at Self Stitched September

Yeah, it’s now October. Whewwwww! I have really loved participating in Self Stitched September, but I am glad that I won’t be having to take a picture everyday. There were some missed days, I’ll admit, but not that many really. I’m actually pretty proud of myself. Thank. You. Very. Much.

I’ve noticed a few things. I noticed that my photos got better. Taking a photo everyday really helps you get to know your camera better. And its fun, trying out new poses and such.

It’s been fun getting dressed everyday too. I loved putting together new outfits, wearing things over again, combining different colors and shoes and accessories, experimenting, etc. It’s really fun to show and tell, give inspiration and the like. Love, love, love that! And of course, I loved perusing other’s and their photos and self stitched outfits/garments. That has been simply delightful.

I also noticed that I have a lot of onesies. I’m not talking about the baby garment either, I’m talking about having 1 item and trying to coordinate that item within several different outfits. I don’t like the idea of being bound to one outfit with any particular garment, however I’ve noticed that I never even attempt to sew outfits. This I’m actually going to work on. That way, I don’t end up with white elephants, like that really cute white jacket that never goes with anything from Day 12. I’ve also noticed that I need more basics. I have a lot of self stitched clothing that is colorful and fun to wear. All seem to be statement pieces that don’t coordinate well with anything but neutrals and all of my neutral items were store bought. Go figure. I guess I just don’t like the idea of sewing something that’s boring. But then this gets back to my idea of sewing outfits. If I sew an outfit together, then I can coordinate more prints and such that actually go together rather than only wearing neutrals with everything.

I need more casual clothes. Casual clothes that are fun. I noticed that on the weekends I wore jeans and a self stitched top. Not to mention, I have but one pair of good jeans. So those were the ones you saw in every weekend photo. Boring. I need some more spice on the casual end of things. You know, something I could wear out on the town, or even to a movie with Mr. S.

I need more pants. And pants scare me. But now I have this cool book. So more pants are definitely on the docket. Tons more. Especially for Fall, cause it gets real cold here. Very, very excited about pants. Maybe even a pants sew-a-long??

I do think this idea of wearing a self stitched garment everyday for a month was rather ingenious. I do. I’m so happy to have participated in it. For me, it also brought up this very good idea of showing you daily outfits on a regular basis. It’s not everyday that I feel glamorous and fabulous, but there are days when an outfit really stands out and I feel superb wearing it. And it’s probably something that you need to see.

So, what are your thoughts on Self Stitched September? Even if you didn’t participate, what did you think of everyone’s self stitched garments and outfits? I leave you with a rather brilliant quote:

Just around the corner in every woman’s mind – is a lovely dress, a wonderful suit, or entire costume which will make an enchanting new creature of her.  ~Wilhela Cushman

  • LeeAnn - One thing I told myself back in Jan was to learn how to sew a pair of trouser jeans. I picked up one of the Amazing Fit Simplicity Patterns (2700) to help me get started, but I haven’t done much of anything except glance at the pattern. There aren’t too many months left in the year!
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  • Roobeedoo - I keep reading about this fear of making trousers (pants) and I just don’t get it – dresses are much MUCH harder to fit – honestly! I really enjoyed watching your SSS unfold. Your conclusions are similar to mine: too many flashy print tops that don’t go with any bottoms, and no weekend clothes!
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  • TanitIsis - I have a great stretch jeans pattern figured out (yes, the Jalie one, with my own modifications), but it has occurred to me of late that I might want to explore the world of (gasp) pants that aren’t jeans!… so yeah, I could probably use some hand-holding through that. It’s really neat to read everyone’s summaries of SSS—the similarities and also the differences. :)
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  • Leslie - I would totally do a pant stitch along with you. I’ve been craving some plaid pants and I can’t find them anywhere. It was fun watching what you wore this month You have some great pieces that you’ve made.
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  • frk.bustad - I haven’t been doing the SSS after having a not very successful MMM (I didn’t find time, enthusiasm or energy to take a photo everyday, but I did nearly manage the MMM-Lite), but it has been great following you and others doing the SSS. It looks like lot of fun, and I am now focusing on MMMarch ’11, taking all your thoughts into account (casual clothes, basics, maybe trying to get that fear of trousers out of my mind as well…) – very inspiring!
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  • Clare - I thought you did a fantastic job too – I love your outfits and the way you wear colours. Very inspiring and elegant. During MMM I felt the need for some self-stitched jeans so am on the verge of dismantling my favourite ones which have now split beyond repair.
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  • Seemane (aka Claire) - I think the conclusions for most SSS participants are similar – in that it’s highlighted for them the gaps in their self-made wardrobes. I’d like to participate in Me-Made-March-2011 (Zoe has already hinted at the bottom of this post http://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.com/2010/10/self-stitched-september-days-29-30.html“>http://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.com/2010/10/self-stitched-september-days-29-30.html that their will be a MMM’11!), however my repertoire so far consists of x1 gathered summer skirt :(!
    So, for me I think I’d need to plan my me-made items to make as if I were going away on holiday, for me that means sticking to neutrals and working out how many tops/what styles/bottoms I need to form a core wardrobe… possibly it’d look like this list:
    4x L/S tees,
    3x 3/4 sleeve blouses,
    2x pairs jeans/trousers,
    2x dresses (1 casual I can layer over tops, 1 more dressy for dates with Hubby!),
    2x skirts (1 casual, 1 dressy).
    2x cardigans in black (I like Zoe’s “Saint Cardigan”: http://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.com/2010/03/saint-cardigan.html>”>http://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.com/2010/03/saint-cardigan.html Cardigan and I have the book that the pattern came from – just need fabric to make it now!)
    P.S. My day job means I can wear jeans/ t-shirts all day long so at least my attire can match my weekend-wearing stuff!
    I think your choice of colourful clothing to make – shows that you really want to be yourself & not hidden away as part of the crowd, so maybe your own self-made wardrobe is needing only a few neutral trousers/skirts + then lots of colourful tops to change things around a bit and not make it “same-ie” all the time for a whole month?
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  • Seemane (aka Claire) - P.P.S. Very spooky but I literally just received the same book as you (‘Pants for Real People’) through my letterbox this weekend! I also ordered today ‘Making Trousers for Men and Women: A Multimedia Workshop in Men’s and Women’s Garments’ by David Page Coffin – it has a DVD that I am keen to watch :)
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  • Uta - I loved your SSS outfits, and while I understand (and share, like so many others) the “onesie” predicament, you’ve built some beautiful combinations on your colorful statement pieces! A pants-sew-along would be great, and I’d even commit, except whenever I do that sh… eh, life happens and I can’t follow through. Now that I’ve called it out, maybe it won’t happen?!
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  • Faye Lewis - Watching your self made September was delightful! I just got the Pants book in the mail last Friday. I’m looking forward to working out some of my still lingering pants issues with the help of it.
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  • Tasia - Great point about making less ‘onesies’ and building outfits instead! Look forward to seeing what you make up next, especially after a month of reflecting upon your self-stitched creations and seeing where the holes are…
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  • kelli w. - great job. i really want to do this next time, but am not sure if i would have as much to work with as you.
    love your blog.
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  • Becky - I think you did way better than me, lol! I kind of felt like a good third of my month was throwaway outfits. And I know what you mean about the “onesies” predicament, but don’t go TOO neutral on us– I love your prints!
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  • nicole - Great pencil skirt I love the color choice!
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  • zoe - Oooh, please let us know if you find that book useful. You looked incredible throughout SSS and your photos always stood out to me as some of the most inticing. I really hope you will consider participating in MMMarch ’11.
    xxx
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