Then I opened the wardrobe storage drawer to perform the seasonal switchover. Oh yay! My white hooded t-shirt! My Pioneer sweater! My ultraviolet Ginger! But... hang on a minute... what's that other bag? The really big one? Oh my word - what a lot of clothes I've got!
I stood there for a minute, and took it in. Maybe... just maybe my mother is not wrong. She can't be right... but she is not actually wrong. All that sewing I do has led to me having rather a lot of garments. My usual retort to Grandma is that "Those are the only clothes I have!" and that: "Some people go shopping every week and buy several items... I just make one thing a week, and not even every week!"
But after a few years of sewing... it adds up. So I decided to be completely honest with myself and go through the heap item by item.
Do I like every single garment? Answer: NO.
|The Vicar's Wife Blouse|
- I love my Sandpiper Blouse but I don't love its sibling, the Vicar's Wife Blouse. Too prissy.
- My navy Eva Dress trousers are probably my favourite-est ever trousers... and yet the caramel pair made in the same size are too saggy-bottomed and drag me down. FL thinks they are awful. And he never audibly dislikes my sewing endeavours.
- My purple dobby dot Simplicity 2501 blouse was worn to death until one wash too many left it bleached-out and limp... but Mark Two in black dobby dot with insane puffy sleeves is rarely worn... and has now been donated to The Girl's wannabe-steampunk collection!
- My blue rose Liberty Sencha is my go-to Posh Meeting blouse, but the dark green Liberty Sencha is a poor relation, for no reason that I can identify. It's...boring?
|Sencha Number One|
|Sencha Number Two|
And this, my friends, is why I have not joined in with this week's hot sewing sensation: "One Week One Pattern". I could easily have thrown my hat in the ring with the Ginger skirt pattern: three times made and three times happy - woo hoo! Or the Portfolio pattern: a dress, a tunic and a blouse. Or even my Betsey Johnson 70's trouser pattern: made in sober pinstripes and insane pink cord? Pattern Runway Shorts in chino fabric and purple velvet? But the reason these multiple-makes have been successful is that they have been significantly different each time.
Ginger has been made with all three waistband options in cord, wool and a mad print.
My three Portfolio makes are barely recognisable as the same pattern: a denim tunic, a print dress and a white dobby dot blouse.
But when I have sewn a "repeat" which is too similar to the first make, it seems to be doomed to languish in the back of the wardrobe.
And now that I think of it, on the three occasions in the past when I bought the same "perfect" shoes in two different colours, there was always one pair that I hardly wore. Somehow, attempting to exploit the "ideal" took its shine away.
|I couldn't decide which colour|
|So I didn't buy either pair|
I can't see myself ever embracing such minimalism again, but I do think that I need to stop making multiples. If that blouse is perfect, I should wear it and enjoy it, and when it falls apart, consider making another one. But I don't need them both right now!
So I bagged up the evil twins and put them back in the storage drawer. I will wear the happy versions. I won't fret about the unworn not-quite-duplicates, because they will be out of sight. And I will remember this: too much of a good thing is too much for me.