Me Made May 2017 Round up, Summary, and Plans

Well, another Me Made May is done. Other than not loving the term “me made” (but embracing the fact that it is out there and accepted terminology by most of the sewing blog community), I really enjoy the concept of it. This is the second time I have fully documented my outfits throughout the month. 2015 was the first time. In 2014, I didn’t have a huge amount of outfits to wear so I half participated. Last year, I was in Europe for our honeymoon and participated when I returned.

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That’s what I wore every day in May. Lots of Cashmerette, Muse, and Colette patterns, but there is also Style Arc, McCall’s, Simplicity, Cake patterns, and some simple “self-drafted” and rtw cloned garments. I always wore handmade undergarments as well.

This year, I didn’t make a formal pledge on the blog or with So Zo. I had some informal ideas worked out in my head.  I didn’t want to declare that I needed to wear X number of garments since I wouldn’t really be able to plan that out. I wear pretty much 90% homemade clothes, but have some gaps in my wardrobe that RTW fills. I wanted to pay attention to that and not stress over grabbing RTW items. During the month, I wore RTW cardigans with a waterfall front style. I haven’t made anything like that yet so I’ve added that to my wardrobe plans. I wore RTW tops that are less casual than what I make. I’ve added a few dressier tops to my sewing plans now. I also wore a RTW blazer and that reminded me of my goals for the year to sew a damn blazer so that is in my sewing plans. I’ll get to all my plans later in the post.

For a sewing goal this month, I wanted to get my UFOs and repairs done. I had let 16 of them pile up. I got 9 done (Winslow Culottes, M6754, Belize Shorts, Embroidered Lenox Dress, rtw cardi repair, repair on Philippa top, repair on Three’s a Charm jacket, Jennifer City Shorts, Misty Jeans in capri length), and, out of the 9, 1 was a failure (Jennifer City Shorts, but I will try again with this pattern). I threw 1 into the scrap bin since I felt like it would be a failure anyway due to fabric that was not appropriate (what was I thinking?!). I have 4 more in progress (3 circle skirts and a pattern hack dress) and 2 left to revisit (2 piece swimsuit and my old floral misty jeans that need a strip of fabric added to the sides).  The 4 in progress are pretty close to being done. For the circle skirts, I just need to attach the waistbands and then I let them hang for several days. For the pattern hack dress, I have to re-sew some things after a fit test revealed some issues. I feel confident that, after that is done, I can cut out new items now so I can work on my #2017makenine list (I only have one thing on the list done) as well as my wardrobe plans for the summer. I did not get my UFO swimsuit done or even touch it. It will happen soon (hopefully before the end of June), but I wanted the “easier” things out of the way. I should be able to get the bottoms done in no time and then putter away on the top, which uses the Maya bra pattern. The floral Misty Jeans will need the hem and the side seams ripped out first and then it should be really easy once the fabric is cut out for the strips. I can probably get the rest done by the end of June and be able to sew other things on my list.

Which brings me to my list. Me Made May provided me with the opportunity to really evaluate what I need in my wardrobe. Ongoing needs include: leggings, bras, and underwear. I’m not going to plan those things out individually, but say they are continually on my list. This list includes items that I discovered I wanted more of as well as patterns that I wanted to try out and have been in the works for a while. I haven’t added a dress to wear to a wedding that we are going to at the end of September, though, since I haven’t really pinned down what I want. Thanks to Michelle who gave me the idea of planning this out with my Curvy Sketchbook and thanks to the CSC for in inspiring Mini-Capsule Wardrobe month.

Top Row:

  1. Appleton Dress: Tropical Print Maxi Length 3/4 length sleeves
  2. M5050: View E White gauze with lace; Misty Jeans: Capri length (Made)
  3. M7094: View C Navy Blue crepe with orange squigly squares; Jennifer city shorts: twill (to buy)
  4. Lenox Dress: Cotton mint eyelet
  5. Oceanside Shorts: green linen rayon; Concord T: Hello Kitty Cotton Lycra

Middle Row:

  1. Barton Shorts: Tropical print linen rayon with lace; Concord T: Lightweight jersey (to buy)
  2. Three’s a Charm Jacket: Black Jersey; Springfield top: Red Rayon; Pavlova Skirt: (In progress)
  3. Simplicity 2350: White crepe with coral satin lining; M6555: White crepe and turquoise crepe
  4. Scarf Neck Cardigan: lightweight jersey (to buy); Dartmouth top: lightweight jersey (to buy); Misty Jeans: Capri length (Made)
  5. Peplum top: black rayon; Misty Jeans: Capri length (Made)

Bottom Row:

  1. Burda Cowl Neck Top: lightweight jersey (to buy); Oceanside Pants: Chambray (to buy)
  2. Winslow Culottes: Linen or Chambray (to buy); Concord T: Made or planned above
  3. Burda Keyhole Dress: White rayon with navy polkadots
  4. Burda Kimono Robe: Silk or Satin (to buy); PJ Pants: flannelConcord T: Made or planned above
  5. Springfield top: Flannel hacked into a babydoll sleeping top; PJ Shorts (Barton or 5 out of 4 short length pjs): Flannel

That is 24 things to sew. Not all of this will happen and I am not giving myself a deadline on these plans. Some of them will work for early fall, too. I’m not stressing over finishing this list. But, if I have the energy and motivation to sew, I tend to get a lot done and it is possible that I will get it done. Only a few of these will require the muslin process (the Simplicity blazer, the peplum top, the Burda keyhole dress, Barton shorts). Everything else is either meant to fit big or has been fitted previously. I only need to do an FBA on M5050 and M7094 needs a narrow shoulder adjustment likely. It will be interesting to see what I get done, but I am excited for a bit more variety, versatility and sophistication in my wardrobe.

 

Stashbusting and #2017makenine

One of my 2017 goals from my top 5 post has to do with stashbusting. In the stashbusting group, we were all asked to submit our totals at the end of January since the goal is to be 10% down as a group. Last week, I measured all the fabric in my stash and cataloged it using google sheets so that I would be able to access it anywhere. I made categories for fabrics: cotton prints, satins, crepes, suiting, etc. Then I held my breath and did a sum of it all.

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Three shelves, two drawers, and a bit of flannel on the left there equals 233 yards of fabric. I have 138 different pieces of fabric. That doesn’t include my trim, like pieces of stretch lace or elastics. I didn’t see the point in including that since they are attached to fabric and don’t stand alone.

Plans are to reduce my overall stash to 150 yards and, if I buy fabric, to only buy for specific projects or to use up an equal amount that is brought in. For knit projects, I almost always use up what I buy immediately and as a result there are very few knits in my stash. I will likely continue to buy those more than other fabrics, but I do want to use some of my deep stash: fabrics that have been around for a while like brocades and satins and rayon fabric that I love, but have been reluctant to sew.

Some people in the group posted smaller amounts than me, but lots more people posted with 5 times or even 10 times my amount. It blows my mind to have that much space for fabric! Makes me think of Carolyn’s drool worthy stash….

I sadly don’t have that much room. I am able to house fabric in my cabinet, but outside of that… I slowly push my husband out of the bedroom so… I would like to avoid that since I love him very much. ❤

This month’s theme in the group is sewing organization. My stash is pretty organized and neat, especially after taking everything out and measuring it and then  putting it back neatly. I also have a nicely organized UFO area with everything in two wicker baskets and all of my supplies, trims, and tools are organized as well. The big mess is my scraps. I have two large overflowing plastic tubs and two large plastic bags of scrap fabric on the floor of our closet. *hangs head in shame*

Now that I have measured the stash, my next goal is to go through the scrap fabric. Whatever I can’t use will be put into bags so I can take them to H&M. Did you know that they take fabric scraps? I am excited to have a more sustainable hobby by packing up my scraps rather than throwing them in the landfill. I assume there are still amounts that end up in the landfill, but I would much rather a portion of my scraps goes towards recycled material than 0%.

The plan is to cut up some of the cotton scraps into quilt squares for a quick scrap quilt. It will probably just amount to a small quilt and I will back it with a fleece blanket from the dollar store or thrift store. Some things may become baby hats or little bags that I might post on etsy. I also have a huge bra project that will need some non-precious fabric for testing so I can use my scraps for that.

Another part of my stashbusting goals this year is to use up patterns that I have owned for a while. I have a lot of Burda patterns downloaded from the website that I want to use this year. I’ve made some Burda in the past and really liked them. KS_Sews is also doing a Burda challenge and has for the past couple years. I am joining that with a commitment of at least 6 patterns.

Here is my #2017makenine Except for the middle column, these are @burda_style patterns. I made a goal to make more Burda patterns since I love the designs and think the block fits me pretty well. Plan is to make at least these 6 this year starting with the grey sweatshirt using some cat print terry I have. In the middle column, I want to make a maxi length @cashmerette #appletondress with some lovely tropical fabric I recently acquired in a swap. I love #M7537 from the @mccallpatterncompany early spring release. I can see it becoming a quick favourite. Finally, I have a bunch of flannel in my stash that is due to become pjs using the free pattern from @5outof4patterns If I bust that stash, I clear out an entire shelf of my stash! And I get many cozy pjs to wear about the house in various lengths for the year. Last year I didn't get any of my list done. This year feels pretty reasonable and should be doable. 😁 #sewing #sewcialists

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Last year, I didn’t accomplish a single item on my #2016makenine post. This year, I have a mix of easy projects and more complicated projects. My #2017makenine is mostly filled with the six Burda patterns I want to make this year. Starting with the first row and going across:

  1. Prairie Style Dress from Burda. I’ve been drooling over patterns like this for a while and really love the details in it. I am not a huge fan of the ruffles, though, and may leave them off. I actually love ruffles on a bodice, but they seem a bit excessive in this dress since there are so many lovely design details.
  2. I want to make the Cashmerette Appleton dress using up some lovely tropical print material I got in a local sewcialist swap. Ever since seeing Gillian’s lovely dress, this has been in my head and I’ve wanted a tropical maxi version of my own.
  3. Cowl Neck Top from Burda. I will need to buy fabric for this one.
  4. Keyhole dress from Burda. While this one is similar to #1 with those front pleats, it is different enough to have me wanting to make it.
  5. M7537. I don’t have this pattern yet so it would sadly add to my stash. I really love view C with the different prints and colours. I love the sleeves in view B as well.
  6. Raglan sweater with zip. I have some fleece and some cat print terry in my stash that I will use, but I might need to buy some more rib knit. I will leave the zipper off of the top, though. I’m not one for unnecessary zippers.
  7. Belted Kimono from Burda. This will require fabric, but I hear there are some nice bamboo terry fabrics at Fabricland. I’ll try to coordinate with a sale to make the journey to get to one.
  8. I have 22.5 yards of flannel in my stash that are begging to become pj pants using the 5 out of 4 free pj pattern that I made a bunch of for family/friends this Christmas.
  9. Boho maxi dress from Burda. I have a gorgeous crepe print for this pattern. I will have to wear a little slip under it since it is a bit see-through. Now I just need a lovely beach to walk along…

Considering how many projects I tackle in a year, I know nine won’t even really cover my plans, but I haven’t enjoyed planning my sewing for a while and prefer to live wild and free. I have a massive bra project I will be starting soon and a blazer I want to make and a bunch of party dresses I put in my top 5 goals. I also am full of plans to make bow tops and cute pinafore dresses to go with them. Not to mention the basics I need throughout the year, like leggings and underwear and little shorts for the summer to wear with skirts and dresses. I’d like to anticipate those and not scramble to sew them when I am desperate for them. Right now I need a couple more pairs of leggings to get me through the winter, but then around March I’d like to buy some fabric to get me ready for spring and summer.

I’m excited to show you some different projects this year. I really want to challenge myself to create an even better and more accessible wardrobe.

Top 5 Goals

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Top 5 Goals for the New Year

1. Accessible Sewing

This goal covers quite a bit actually. I spoke a bit about accessible sewing earlier in the fall, but I didn’t go into much detail about what that specifically meant for me. There are a few issues with mobility for me. A big one is my shoulders. My left shoulder dislocates and my right shoulder is beginning to have instability. I also find buttons a bit more difficult these days since my fingers are having a tough time with fine work. I can still do a lot, but I think snaps or other things would be a good addition to my wardrobe for the just in case future. Unless it is stretchy, I have trouble pulling things over my head and I can’t do a centre back zipper with my shoulder issues. I need to figure out a way to step out of a dress with a side zipper. That likely means snaps at the shoulders and no sleeves. Sleeves in wovens are also difficult for me to get out of so I need more room there. I think sleeves will also be reserved for wrap dresses or shirt dresses that I can open completely in the front and not pull over my head. My bras need to switch to front closure. As for pants, I can’t seem to take too tight jeans, which is why my floral Misty jeans never worked out for me. My knee doesn’t like the compression or the restricted movement. I think trying out looser pants or going with leggings is best. I’d love to make palazzo pants or culottes. I actually have a UFO of Winslow culottes that I need to finish. I have a few other patterns for loose pants, too. I also think they would be good for when I get a knee brace sometime in the new year since I could wear the brace under the pants. With leggings, it would be a little difficult, but I think I can wear it over the leggings. I’ll talk more about this in the new year as I approach each challenge. Some will be easier than others for sure, but with each win I will feel like a Wonder Woman.

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2. Burda Patterns

I have tons of these and am challenging myself to sew at least 6 new patterns. That is one every other month. I want to break the stigma attached to Burda patterns and show how they work for someone of my size. I have really liked the few I have used already. I’m excited to start this adventure.

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3. Blazers

I really want to make blazers (I have so many patterns!) and keep putting it off. 2017 is the year of the blazer for me!

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4. Party dresses

Recently, I’ve been feeling like my wardrobe needs some more party dresses. Not that I have a lot of places to wear snazzy dresses, but I sure do love them! I have a LBD already cut out and ready to make. I also have a few other in my head as plans with some lush fabric that I’ve been hoarding like crazy.

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5. Stashbusting & Getting Rid of UFOs

Speaking of hoarding fabrics, I have a large stash that recently grew far too large from a bunz trade and another friend dropping some lovely fabrics off at my place (although one of those got used for a Christmas present!). I’d like to focus on getting my stash down to a manageable size. I’ve been getting rid of the clutter in my house and making sure that what I have is usable or that it doesn’t contribute to poor health with dust accumulation. Unfortunately, most of my books are leaving the house because of dust. The ones I keep will be my favourites. A smaller amount should be easier to clean. I’d like to document more of my stashbusting. I took part in the sewalong this year, but didn’t do a lot of documenting on my blog. I’ll be keeping track each month of what I buy and what I sew from my stash. I’m not going to be super strict about it, but I really would like to reduce the fabric clutter. I will be also do monthly theme sewing when I can.

I’ve also had a lot of UFOs this year or projects that I cut out but didn’t complete. This is not my usual habit! I need to get more of those out of the way and reduce the clutter in my sewing space.

For whatever you celebrate, I hope you are warm and cozy or cool and out of the sun for the southern hemisphere people and surrounded by people you love.

Top 5 Hits

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Top 5 Hits

1. Waffle Patterns Pepernoot Coat

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This is possibly my favourite garment that I’ve made. I love wearing it. Sure, there are some mistakes and it is not perfect, but I love it and have worn it so much this year. I have plans to make another one of these coats eventually. I’d like to make the Tosti coat first, though, in this stiff buffalo plaid flannel that I’ve been hoarding.

2. Cashmerette Upton Maxi dress

Upton maxi dress

I wore this a bunch in the summer and really really love it. I’ll definitely be making more in the new year for summer especially with similar fabric.

3. Moxie Patterns Verity Dress

Verity Dress by Moxie Patterns

From the fabric to the pattern, from head to toe, this dress is a winner! I love wearing it and get lots of compliments whenever I do.

4. Star Trek Costumes

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Star Trek Costumes

Well, technically these are three items, I’m grouping them together. I’m really proud of how they turned out, especially for my husband. He looks spiffy and I am proud to clothe him in Federation garb!

5. Baby Bedding

Bedding set for baby Charlie

Probably the biggest project I have ever made for another person and tackling three different things that I’ve never made before. I’m so pleased with how they turned out and really happy for my friend with her new little girl.

Honestly, narrowing down this list to 5 was tough! I really loved a lot of what I made this year.

Top 5 Misses and 2016 Summary

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Kicking off my Top 5 of 2016 is my Top 5 Misses and a 2016 Summary. This year, I’m only going to do posts on Hits, Misses, and Goals. I’ll post these for the next few Mondays and then probably round out the year with the handmade gifts I made in the holiday rush.

Top 5 Misses
1. Style Arc Floral Misty Jeans
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To be fair, these ended up a little tighter than the other pairs I have and I wasn’t expecting that. I have one pair I wear all the time and one pair I wear occasionally, but this one didn’t get worn a lot. I think I just wore it once to be honest. I like them, though, and am hoping that I will wear them in 2017. I’d hate for them to go to waste. I think maybe adding a contrast panel to the sides would be useful. I just need an extra inch maybe in each side. It’s just a matter of finding the time to rip out the seams and do it. 🙂

2. Style Arc Eva Top

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It was too tight and didn’t match the line drawing. I like wearing it with high-waisted skirts, though, but it was disappointing overall.

3. Concord v-necks in Rayon fabric

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Sadly, these tops didn’t work out after a few washes because of the fabric choices and the fact that the v-neck version is too wide for me. I think a major issue that pulls them down further is that my upper arms are slightly too big for the size I chose so I need to do some alterations there. I plan on altering the neckline for future versions and add ribbon snaps to these so they attach to my bra straps and don’t slip down. The patterned one is also just filled with wonky sewing that I am not happy with because the rayon fabric didn’t want to go through my sewing machine.  I think I *need* a coverstitch. 😉

4. Maya Bra

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I don’t wear a single version of this because it didn’t get it to work for me. I am still determined to work on it for the future, though! I think the foam bra really gives nice lift and works well for me. I just need to keep trying and adjusting things until I get the fit right. I also think it would be great for a swim top.

5. Leggings

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These are really a product of not the right material, but they helped me adjust my fit and I ended up getting a bunch of great material for my fall leggings and wear them all the time. In fact, I should get a bunch more cotton lycra so that I can do less laundry. 😉

2016 Summary

I’ve been doing this summary for a couple of years now as I find it helpful to see the evolution in my sewing. My first real year of committed sewing was in 2014 even though I started sewing in 2008. By the end of 2014, I was wearing mostly handmade clothing. Now I wear, with maybe 3 or 4 exceptions, all handmade clothing.

In 2014, I made 33 things. In 2015, I made 54. This year, I made 107 things! Some are small (baby clothes, pattern weights) and barely worth a mention (leggings…yawn!). They didn’t even make it on my blog in some cases. I’ve been feeling pretty unproductive this fall due to health issues, but this summary makes me feel better about that. I’ve made a bunch this year and so much to be proud of. In fact, I had to think hard about what I didn’t like that I made this year. That’s really a sign that I am increasing my skill and getting more accurate with fitting. Still lots to learn, especially with bra making, but every year I see progress.

2016-by-month

Looking at the year, I can understand why there are some spikes in making things and some slumps. January was a lazy month, because I usually make a lot for Christmas gifts and need a break after that. Although, I did focus on making bras that month and in February and, in general, those are slow projects. March and April was all about prepping a wardrobe for our honeymoon trip so that I wouldn’t need to do laundry that often. We managed to get by with doing laundry twice over our three week vacation and I only needed to clean stuff mid-way through. In May, I was only home the last two weeks of the month and didn’t have a lot of time to sew. June to September tend to be higher volume months as I either sew gaps in my summer wardrobe or sew for the fall. Lots of leggings in September. October, I did some pattern testing and made two costumes. November was low because I didn’t sew except to finish the baby bedding for my friend. I actually had to drop out of a lot of things: pattern testing, CSC shirtmaking month, and others. December, I am back sewing, but it is all Christmas gifts. I put down 9 things made, because of gifts that I am getting through and should be done with pretty soon.

2016-categories

In terms of what I sewed, I sewed a lot of underwear and knit tops. Jeans and shorts are new to my list! I’m happy about that. I only sewed 6 bras. I really need to make some of those and do modifications for my own accessibility. I made 1 coat, my Pepernoot coat, and I love it. If I can make 1 piece for outwear a year, that would be good. I had intentions of getting another M7100 bomber jacket done with fleece lining, but that will have to wait. I still want to get it done so I can wear it this winter, but I need to size up the pattern since it will be lined in fleece and I want a looser fit for extra Christmas dinner induced fluffiness. I made a lot of gifts this year. I really like doing that. I didn’t make a bunch of blazers like I wanted to so hopefully that will change next year. You’ll see more about that in my Top 5 goals later.

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In terms of the pattern companies I sewed with, I made a bunch of self-drafted things. Of course, “drafted” is a loose term since they were mostly squares/rectangles or copied from RTW. I am NOT a pattern drafter. I thought about using “no pattern” and RTW copied as separate categories, but I think grouping them together makes more sense to me. I made a bunch of Kitschy Koo Barrie Briefs and that is why that number is so high. I’ll be making a ton more next year. Unsurprisingly, I made a bunch of Cashmerette! I’m a pattern tester and am pretty excited about the fit. Muse wasn’t as high this year. We didn’t have a lot of pattern testing this year and all my non-testing sewing plans with Muse got pushed out for other things. I had intentions of making many more things including a new Melissa dress, some more Philippa dresses or tops and another Gillian wrap top, but never seemed to have the time for it. Hopefully that will change next year. I did make a couple of Jenna cardis, a Jenna top hack and the Philippa top, though. I made a Simplicity wrap top that blew my mind and hope to make more Simplicity patterns. I didn’t make a single Burda pattern and I am not happy about that. I have a ton and love the styles so I am making that one of my goals for next year.

Unplanned Hiatus!

I could have predicted this quite frankly since it happens anytime I sew heavily and then go on a trip. I got home from our trip to Winnipeg and promptly got sick with a cough that I’ve had since August, but decided to get 50 times worse. Now I am waiting on chest xray results and then getting other tests done to figure out what is up. I’m taking a break from sewing for the rest of November until things start to improve a bit. I’m okay otherwise, but need to take a break. I have very little energy since breathing has been tougher than usual. 😦 I don’t understand why you need to breathe to sew! Hahha! Joking. 😉

If you want to chat before I am back in December, you can find me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or use my contact form and we can chat via email. 😀

In the meantime, here are a couple of sew inspiring links for your reading pleasure:

Danielle Vanier on why we don’t always need to flatter our figures I adore the outfit she is wearing!

Holiday Outfit Inspiration on She Might be Loved There are some jumpsuits there that make me want to try out the look.

Hope you have a lovely November!

 

Sewing for Accessibility

I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. It’s a genetic disorder that means I produce defective collagen. Collagen is in every part of the body including skin, muscles, tendons, and cartilage. As a result of my defective collagen, my joints are hypermobile meaning that they bend back far beyond where they should. Think of an elastic that is stretched out and has lost all its ability to snap back into place. That is what is happening with my joints. They bend backwards because there is very little to keep them in place. As a result, I am prone to injuries like dislocations or subluxations (partial dislocations where the joint “slips” out of place but goes back in on its own). I have cartilage breakdown in my knees and my right hip and frequent dislocations in my left shoulder and right hip. Subluxations are everywhere, including really weird places like my fingers, ribs, and toes. I am always in pain. EDS sufferers generally invent a new pain scale so my 5 is probably more like a 15/10 on the pain scale and I never experience less than a 5 on my pain scale.

I was recently diagnosed this year, but have lived with it my whole life and started gaining weight around 12 years old as my injuries got worse and the pain associated with EDS got more difficult. I fought for my diagnosis in a medical world that looked at my body weight and decided the reason for all of it was because of that instead of seeing that as a symptom of a much bigger issue.

This past year, I’ve come to realize how big a part my sewing is playing in my life in terms of making fashion more accessible to me. I can, for instance, change a dress pattern to have a right side zipper because of my left shoulder difficulties. Instead of sewing woven clothes with sleeves that are hard for my shoulder to navigate in a dress without stretch, I can sew a sleeveless dress and a coordinating cardigan or blazer. I can sew fuller sleeves with fun elements like gathering at the top as well to make sure the fit isn’t too tight to prevent my arm from getting out of the blazer or cardigan. Recently, I’ve been having a lot of trouble closing bras in the back and need to make changes to my pattern to accommodate a front closure.

In RTW, accessible clothing in my size is often not fashionable and not made in fabrics I would wear. It’s overly large and shapeless. The shoes I buy are often incredibly ugly (I keep pretty shoes for photoshoots and immediately take them off after the pictures!). I need comfort and functionality before fashion and don’t have the spare cash to buy the premium fashionable shoes that are also comfortable. Front closure bras are often made in RTW without wires in my size or they are nursing bras. Options in that respect are next to impossible to find for my size. Going without a bra is also not an option since I find that places too much strain on my back.

Sewing truly does increase my accessibility to the retro inspired fashion I love. I create the fashion for myself and make changes based on what I need. As I get braces to help my limbs stay in place, that will also evolve my sewing and create interesting details in my garments. If I end up needing a wheelchair, I will be able to make clothes with that in mind. In that case, too, I might be able to wear prettier shoes since I am sitting down. 😉

I’m really grateful lately that sewing hasn’t been impeded by my disability, except in terms of energy, but I am trying really hard to not push myself when I am low on energy. Sewing is a lot easier for me than most activities. Except for cutting out patterns, I don’t find it overly physically taxing. I will need to get an adjustable desk for cutting eventually to help me with that plus a real ironing board instead of the desk top one I have so I don’t have to bend over unnecessarily. I tend to cut out patterns all at once and then take the rest of the day off.

As I move reluctantly into fall sewing, I will be choosing patterns with more care due to mobility issues. My mobility issues for the most part will not get better. Once joints begin dislocating there is little that can be done to prevent it entirely. Physiotherapy will help a great deal but some things will lead to surgery or further disability. I’ll share with you my bra refashioning woes. I am not looking forward to the changes I will need to make to my bra pattern for a front closure! Mobility is something that affects my life very deeply and the issues I encounter are so different than an able person. I think very carefully before I do anything and have to consider my energy and pain levels. I’ve been hearing from a lot of other spoonies or people with mobility issues and I think it would be helpful to discuss why I choose certain patterns or how I change certain patterns to adapt to my mobility. Each body is different but sometimes my particular issues match with another person who sews. I’m reluctant to put up a post about wardrobe planning (I never follow my plan!), but this is the type of wardrobe planning I can get behind. In that sense, I will have some planning posts and construction changes and what I have done starting with the front closure for my bra pattern.