I am typing this here, so that I can be held accountable.

One of my goals for 2017 was to make my own clothes. Well, to be more specific I said I wanted to make at least 1 item of clothing by myself. For those of you who don’t know me, I am probably the world’s biggest procrastinator in the history of procrastinators!


Not only is it July already, but I’ve yet to make 1 thing out of fabric that’s actually wearable. There’s also about 4 items that need repairing so my sewing machine {and the 4 clothing items} have been on my desk practically staring at me for about 3 months. I honestly thought having the sewing machine out on display would motivate me to sit down and use it, but clearly it has had the opposite effect on me.

So, here I am putting it out into the world. I will be making at least 1 item of clothing BEFORE Christmas Day.

This journey will be documented in 3 posts. This one, being #1 will be the “planning” stage. Blog post #2 in this series will be the “making” stage and include behind the scenes of pattern testing and fabric shopping, some cutting and pinning and hopefully some actual sewing!

Finally blog post #3 will be “the big reveal” where I’ll show you what I’ve made and I’ll also share what I learned during this whole process. My ultimate goal is to have a handmade closet – where every single piece of clothing is handmade – or should it rather be called a self-made closet?

I absolutely love the idea of having a closet full of clothing that’s self-made, but woah, I am once again getting too far ahead of myself.

So, for my first item I found this really cool design called a “Boho Kimono Dress” which I found via Pinterest. This looks super easy and is also something I would totally wear, although I am going to change mine a bit by sewing the sleeves completely, due to my excessive issues with my upper arms *enter eye-roll here*.

I’ve pinned this along with a few other patterns on my Pinterest board and I plan on making a handful of them in the near future.


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  1. Oh wow! These are great tips, looking forward to making some things for myself so thanks for the inspo. On a bit of a kick to try and reduce waste, so this is perfect for that too 🙂

  2. I would love a self-made closet but I have no idea how to sew! i think it is such a handy skill to have, but I have to giggle because I know all to well how much I procrastinate too – at least we are not alone! Looking forward to seeing the big reveal.

  3. I believe in you! You can do the thing! They say that the best creatives are the biggest procrastinators. Now that you’ve taken a moment of pride at being named one of the best creatives, it’s time to manage the procrastination 😉 I’ve found that this strategy helps me: define a minimum daily deliverable for yourself. For your sewing, the end goal is to make a garment by Christmas. A daily deliverable can be to spend just 10 minutes every day until then working with your sewing machine. You can also make it way more specific than that. I like the idea of keeping it to 10 minutes as the thought of making a whole item of clothing can seem quite daunting! But just committing yourself to 10 minutes every day can make it seem much more doable.
    I hope this helps!

    1. Kirstin, thank you. Thank you for taking the time to write this comment and thank you for the great advice! I really do appreciate it. You’ve certainly made a difference 🙂

  4. That’s such a stunning goal Dianne. I would love to be able to sew well. Zips and darts always get me down so I tend to stick with something that involves straight lines and four pattern pieces max. Good luck, I’d love to follow your journey

    1. I have to be honest, I am really scared because I suck with buttons, zips and bias tape. My decision to do this pattern is mainly based on the fact that it is in fact 6 rectangle pieces sewn together LOL! Hopefully I’ll have an update soon x

    1. I know and I am freaking out! I’ll hopefully have something to blog about in the next 4 weeks **fingers & toes crossed**

  5. It’s great you’re sharing to help get support and encouragement with your goal! 🙂

    That dress you want to make is beautiful too, good luck! 🙂

  6. I love making my own clothes, but since having kids I understand procrastination. One you get motivated and sewing you’ll love it and will be making a closet full of clothes in no time….good luck!

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