It’s been a year already!

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started sewing again (and blogging)! I was going to do some sort of reflection post with the best, worst, and most worn items like some bloggers do, but then I realized that I am the slowest seamstress of all time. I’ve hardly made anything! And I haven’t really blogged much either… but that doesn’t mean I don’t really enjoy being a part of this wonderful sewing community. I’m so grateful to be a member (albeit more lurker than active participant) of the most supportive and creative group online, and I’ve learned so much from all of you, so thank you for sharing all of the nitty gritty details of your projects – it’s so inspiring!

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Goals for the next year:

1.  Sew items that fit my actual life, not my imaginary life. The Wardrobe Architect Project is really helping me plan out a strategy, so I’ll share that with you soon. (You can sneak a peek at my moodboard on Pinterest). I’ve really enjoyed looking at what everyone else is planning for theirs!

2.  Learn draping and/or pattern drafting. So much freedom to create anything I can imagine. I need to let the ideas out so my head doesn’t explode!

3.  Experiment with dyeing and painting fabrics. Again, so many possibilities!


Looking back over the past year, I realized that I haven’t really bought any new clothes. One pair of winter boots and a ski jacket, both much-needed. That’s it. Buying clothes used to be my favourite pastime, but now I don’t miss it at all. Every time I’m tempted, I think about the awful factory conditions and environmental impact, and I think, “I could make that – out of organic cotton!”


So, I’ve decided to keep it going and take the Seamless Pledge to not buy any new clothes for the next year. I desperately need some yoga/workout clothing, but I’m going to make that a priority over the next month and keep wearing my ratty old stuff in the meantime.

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Me-Made-May is back! I’m so excited about this year even though I still don’t have very many items. But that’s not going to stop me from making super-ambitious goals!

‘I, Chantal of A Handmade Wardrobe, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavour to wear an entirely handmade outfit for 15 days of May 2014’

I’m even hoping to have a wearable pair of shoes in time for May 🙂 Repeats are okay, though. I’m not one of those people who is bothered by wearing the same outfit twice in a month. A weekly rotation seems about right for me.

This year, I’m just going to post outfit pictures once at the end of the month, but I’ll probably post pictures to Instagram. I joined a few months ago but didn’t really do anything with it. I’m hoping it will be good for posting in-progress pictures when I want to share but I’m feeling too lazy to blog. Do you use Instagram? If you do, do you find that it adds to your experience, or is it just another thing to keep up with?


5 thoughts on “It’s been a year already!

  1. Kat

    I’m happy I found your blog because you seem to be in the same place as me – sewing very slowly for about a year now. I am not yet ready to abandon buying clothes completely so I have lots of respect for you!

  2. tomatoesandjasmine

    Happy 1st anniversary! you have made some wonderful items during the year which are very inspiring. Good luck with Me-Made-May:-) I am also slow with my sewing but I still rather make my own clothes (and wear outfit repeats) then to shop for ready-made clothing.

  3. crab&bee

    Happy blogging anniversary! Sounds like you’ve got an exciting year coming up. I’ll be interested to see how your workout clothing projects go!


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