You made it! Admit it!

If someone complements you on a Me-Made garment, do you admit, acknowledge or otherwise disclose that you made it? I am of two minds about this, but in the spirit of Me-Made May, I figured I’d ‘fess up.

At the hairdresser’s Friday I wore my red Simplicity 8174 moto jacket and carried the matching red tote bag from Burda 2562 (OOP).  I never use these two items together. Matchy matchy matchy. And a bit homemade-y too. But I just grabbed them because I was running late, without a second thought.

When I arrived, the receptionist noted my outfit and complemented me on it. “Thanks,” I said. I paused for a few breaths. And then I said, “I sewed this myself.”


Yes, I sewed this myself. It’s a thing people do. It’s not crazy (OK, not THAT crazy)… I took off the jacket so she could see the pretty silk lining and all. My hairdresser and a couple of others got wind of this and came over to look. I got lots more complements, spiced with a dash of disbelief.

Then the woman who runs the boutique next door to the salon came in for some reason. This lady has nice stuff in her shop, and I buy things there on occasion. She really looked over the jacket, with a knowing eye.

“I know someone you should meet,” she said, “if you’re interested in taking this further.”

“What do you mean, taking this further?” I asked.

She sells jackets from an area designer who has her own line of officewear blazers for women. The blazers come in several cuts and fabric types to complement various figures and budgets. I explained that this was just a commercial pattern, nothing I drafted myself. No matter, the boutique owner said. She took down my name and number and said she’d call if her designer friend was interested.

Who knows? Nothing will probably come of it, but maybe something will. At least I got it out there into the universe. Yes, I make my own clothes, and yes, they’re fabulous!

Author: shoes15

I live in Connecticut, USA with my husband and my dog, in an old house outfitted with a sewing room, a garden, an orchard, and a big liquor cabinet.

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