Biting the bullet…they don’t work

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A change of season always encourages me to look at my closet…

This fall is particularly difficult. I’ve made so many linen dresses and various pants this year. But, in honesty, I cannot wear linen or linen blends on my torso. Such sensitive skin. I actually break out, rash, yuck…

Plus, I have a few items that are in colors that just don’t appeal to me. Fuschia, magenta, beige – not my favorite palette. I prefer quieter, deeper colors now.

Time to get down to it. End game:

Linen blends are gone, along with a couple hacci and other knit cardigans that just itch me like crazy. I need room for fall and winter knits – maxis, cardigans, and pants that I will enjoy. BTW – I did rescue 3 long-sleeve cotton tunics, re-made with short sleeves, to wear with my knit pants. Good change, since I’ve hardly worn them with a longer sleeve.

Do you do this or am I the only nutsy person here?!

Ciao-Coco

 

 

17 thoughts on “Biting the bullet…they don’t work

  1. Me and a group of women living in my neighborhood organize occasional clothing swaps – it’s easy to pass on outgrown or otherwise uncomfortable me-mades to a good home in a festive and loving atmosphere (plus I can usually nab a couple RTW tees, something I don’t enjoy sewing!).

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  2. I just finished living out of 2 suitcases in Mongolia for 3 months. I aimed for style and comfort (Mongolians are so stylish!). At the same time I had to be practical knowing that we’d be without a car and that I’d be walking (a LOT), taking public transport, etc. All that to say: I’ve been home a week and have totally culled my wardrobe of anything that doesn’t fit well, wrong color, wrong style, etc. Then I hit my pattern & fabric stash with same mindset. Totally liberating!!! Great topic; thank you 🙂

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  3. Oh yes! I clear my closet often. My husband teaches English at a community center and one of his students always asks if I am donating as we are similar in size apparently. So that’s good. I think some of my more artsy blouses (ala Tilton designs) don’t get picked up there so I usually remake them as riding shirts. You are super prolific and I guess you NEED to clear your wardrobe from time to time. (I like magenta and olive together so you might mix up some pieces?)

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  4. HI Coco. I regularly go through my wardrobe but only part with things I am sure I won’t want back again! I have a special drawer for things I can’t part with yet or want to remake ..one day… and after a while some of those go to charity too.

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  5. Yes, clear out what doesn’t work for you, Coco! I need to do that too–thanks for the inspiration.
    I have a homemade blouse I picked up in a thrift store about 20 years ago. The best-fitting thing I own and I still love it. Wonder who made it 🙂
    Interesting about the linen/rayon being scratchier than linen/cotton. I have some old linen/rayon from JAs clearance table that washed up kind of scratchy too . . . I guess maybe it’s the nature of the blend.

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  6. It’s always hard for me to part with things I’ve made, but I recently got rid of several garments I’ve made over the years. As my skills have progressed, so have my standards. Any garment I made that wasn’t well constructed or the fit was poor, I got rid of. I still enjoyed the process of sewing them, though, and learning, so I don’t feel guilty about it.

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  7. oh dear! sorry or congrats. either may be appropriate i suppose. being practical, no need to collect items without purpose especially when so many in need may benefit. however, it is difficult to let go after investing one’s self in the make. i am new to your lovely blog and could not resist looking back after reading this post. i must ask–is your lovely and beautifully fitting cocoa jumpsuit is in this pile? i am sure you considered lining to create protective layers for your sensitive skin. i have a similar problem so i guess my curiosity may be selfish in part. however, that jumpsuit appeared perfect in every way. best regards

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    1. Welcome to the loft! And no, that jumpsuit is well-loved and with me. It’s a linen/cotton blend, Kaufman Essex, which works well for me, it’s the linen/rayon blends that are itchy. 🙂 I’m cycling rayon out of my wardrobe, I seem to have developed an allergy to it.

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  8. I do do this. My life has changed since our move and I require a different wardrobe now. It’s hard to face that fact because some are such pretty things but their time has passed. I will pass them on to the local woman’s shelter. The big challenge is rethinking what I really need. Sadly, it doesn’t appear to be much and I am leaning toward a more capsule based wardrobe. We will see what winter and time tells. I totally understand your need for comfort in your clothing and what better reason to plan a new wardrobe! Have fun doing so!

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  9. I have a clear out every so often. No point having things taking up space if you’re never going to wear them. I wish I had better things to do with them than donate them to charity shops though; I fear they just end up in the bin because they are home Meade.

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    1. I was walking home from our little commercial core and a lady coming from the other direction was wearing one of ‘my’ dresses, LOL. It was weird. It was wonderful. It’s nice to know that at least some of my donations to my local thrift do indeed sell.

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  10. I find any linen blends too scratchy to wear but plain 100% linen feels fine. Am I the only one who has that reaction to the blends? I also find most leggings to be itchy. Skin is funny stuff and mine is very fussy.
    Yes, I donate lots of garments that just don’t measure up to the high hopes I had when I was making them.

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  11. Not nutsy at all Coco! If we don’t wear clothes, it’s best all round to let them go.

    It’s funny, I was just talking about this with my husband this afternoon. For some unexplained reason, a post on one of my dresses is being heavily viewed right now on bloglovin’. A dress I had just donated this past week. I suddenly had a teeny bit of give-away remorse. I talked through my feelings with G, and reminded myself that I could purchase the exact same fabric and make another dress exactly the same. I had my ah-ha moment….quickly realizing that I would never do that because I don’t like the fabric and there would be some tweaks made to the dress. Give-away remorse gone.

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