Over in the Self Sewn Wardrobe Group, we’re getting started on our Month of Making: Underwear Challenge. I explained in this week’s first live broadcast that I think breaking down your wardrobe into sections or chunks can help you reach your goal of a mostly Self Sewn closet, rather than making the odd garment here and there. Of course, anyone who knows me personally knows that I’m the least organized person in the universe (I’m writing this blog an hour before it’s due), and I will go off on tangents (sewing or otherwise) at any moment. But, I really almost killed myself designing and figuring out Adobe InDesign to make the fun little booklet that goes with this challenge, so it’s huge incentive to follow the rules- even if only for a month!
The Month of Making: Underwear Booklet
The Month of Making booklet is a downloadable PDF that you can print at home and use to keep yourself organized during the challenge. It’s not 100% necessary, but it’s a great way to be a Sew-pporter and it has lots of hand-drawn graphics by me, Mallory Donohue- dubbed The Self Sewn Warlord by autocorrect itself!
I left a blank space on the cover, so it says “Month of Making:_______”, because people have lots of different words for and very strong feelings about what they call their underwear. Here’s my secret: I actually kind of like the word “Panties”….and I used it on my cover!
Week 1: Wardrobe Reflections, Research, and Goals
Get a handle on what you have and what you need. I call the first step “Underwear Drawer Stats”. How many pairs (and type) of underwear to you have? How many would you like to have? What do you LOVE about your favorite pair of underwear? What do you HATE about your least favorite pair?
Research pattern recommendations and materials. Oh my god, there are about a million of threads on patterns floating around in the Self Sewn Wardrobe Group. At the time of this writing, I’m gigantically pregnant. Seriously, I think the baby just kicked open the space between my abdomnus recti by a couple more inches- so I drafted my own preggo-pair (blog post to come). There are a lot of “unconventional” underwear styles out there too! Many of the people in our group who previously thought they were relegated to elastic-in-leg-hole-panty-land have discovered patterns for briefs and long-legged boxer shorts that have a gusset for moisture absorption or menstural-pad wearing convenience. Check it out! You won’t be disappointed in the offerings!
Make sure to get some underwear-friendly fabric in your stash by the end of this week- we want to start sewing ASAP. Tailor Made Shop was generous enough to sponsor this week’s Live Broadcasts in the Facebook group (including a discount code for SSW Members that expires at the end of August 2017). There are lots of places to get fabric, and you might have some already- but try to get your sh*t together a bit by the end of the week, so that we can start making undies!
Set some Goals. There’s a big, long GOAL page in the booklet. You don’t have to define all your goals right away, but the important thing is that there’s a “Date” section to fill out. Have you never, ever made underwear? Looks like making a muslin should be first on your list! Maybe you need to make time for a shopping trip too! Do you have a ton of different types of underwear to make? Break down your construction sessions into cutting, sewing, and finishing or make a different type every time you’re in your sewing space- and schedule the time with yourself!
Ok, that’s it for Week 1. Gosh, don’t you feel organized?