It’s funny when projects don’t turn out the way I planned them. It always seems like the ones I’m most excited about are the most blah.
Take my most recent knitted FO, Levenwick. I was really excited about it at the start (like a year ago) but a combination of poor yarn choice, a couple mistakes, and wrong sizing made it all wrong.
I’m not going to upload a bunch of photos because I’m not really feeling it, but if you’re interested you can read my ravelry notes and look at more pictures there. I didn’t even bother sewing buttons on because as soon as I was done, I was just over it.
I think the biggest problem is that this cardi is not something I would really wear anymore. Since I’ve begun sewing and knitting more seriously, my style has changed a lot. I opt for different silhouettes than I used to. Although I think it’s a beautiful sweater (the sample, not mine) it’s just not something 2016 me would wear. It much more my style from about 5 years ago.
After about 3 sewing flops over the past couple of weeks (poor fabric choice, missing pieces, totally messed up print placement, inability to find the right interfacing, etc.), I’m looking inward a bit more and trying to come up with a capsule wardrobe for the spring and summer. I’m also trying to be mindful of what I already have, what I can make, and what I’m okay with buying.
I’m also slowly realizing that I can’t make everything. I’m too busy and I just don’t have the time! I wish that I could spend my days working at my machine, but that’s just not the case. I’m working toward maintaining a half-handmade wardrobe that actually gets worn on a regular basis. I have some gorgeous pieces that never get worn for stupid reasons: because I don’t have matching tops, they cling to my tights, or I have to wear heels with them. I also have some things I wear constantly that are always in the wash or are falling apart.
My goal is to copycat some RTW things I wear a lot, re-make some handmade garments that are falling apart because they are worn so much, and buy some things to fill in the gaps. My sew-jo has finally returned so I’m planning on making quite a lot, I just can’t do it all with my current schedule. I would really like to have some handmade honeymoon attire ready for the summer, but I’m also trying not to stress too much while planning my wedding.
I’m also going to (finally) get around to blogging some un-blogged things and maybe do some inspiration posts. I’m familiar with wardrobe architect, but if you have any other good resources for wardrobe planning, let me know below!