Self-Stitched September Conclusions

September has come and gone, and I would like to share a few insights from my first experience participating in Self-Stitched September. I don’t have anything earth-shattering to share, but I want to put my thoughts in writing nonetheless.

  • I wore handmade items 16 out of the 30 days in September. This isn’t too bad, but it’s not as many days as I thought I would reach.
  • It was easiest to put together an outfit that included something I made when I was going to work. I enjoy making dresses and skirts the most, so this makes sense.
  • It was also easier at the beginning of the month when it was warmer. This is definitely due to the fact that I have a lot more time to dedicate to sewing during the warmer months of the year because of my schedule as a teacher.
  • I’m not sure that this is my goal, but if my goal of sewing is to never need store bought clothing I would need to sew more casual clothing like jeans, knit shirts, and casual jackets or cardigans.
  • I’m also not sure if I’ll be participating in a self-stitched or me-made month again in the next year or so. It got tedious to photograph myself every time I wore something I made. I’m not a big fan of modeling for my own photos either. I also probably won’t have enough new items to show off to keep it interesting because I’m not a super-prolific seamstress.
  • Even though this could have happened during any month, I am very glad that I was able to inspire a few of my students to give sewing a try during Self-Stitched September.
Bye-bye, September! Hello, October!

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