How many are too many of the same clothing item?
I first made this pair of knit pants back in 2014 and was thrilled to bits when it turned out good looking, comfy and seemed to fit well. All in my opinion, of course.
Since then I have made 4 more pairs. I still get a momentary thrill after the last hanging thread of each subsequent pair is snipped. So, I have 5 in all (4 pictured here, the 5th is emerald green and I do not wear it in public), and have fabric set aside to make a 6th – which will have a small twist.
Here’s my question – how many of the same clothing item is too many? These knit pants are not your basic tailored pair, but if one sews and wears them enough times, do they become one’s particular “basic”? Vogue 1411 from the Today’s Fit line designed by Sandra Betzina, is my current “basic” pair of pants. I wear them everyday, everywhere, with everything.
I’ve heard a talented, accomplished sewing enthusiast say she sewed up 20 pieces from the same pants pattern. Wow! I’d like to be able to do that, but I’m fashionably fickle, and will surely move on to the next pants pattern that takes my fancy. I’ll keep making these knit pants until that happens.
My lifestyle does not demand 20 of the same “basic”; I do not work outside my home anymore. When I did, my wardrobe still did not warrant 20 items of the same thing; could be that I repeated clothes a lot? That’s not such a bad thing.
I do socialize, if lunches and dinners with friends count. I go to an occasional sewing meeting where whatever me-made thing I’ve donned will certainly be eyed (never judged) with interest. Of course, I have a whole other wardrobe of things to wear to my new social normal – weddings of little friends and relatives who’re growing up and getting married.
Sewing lessons learned:
- If you’re sewing a medium weight knit and the piece will get a LOT of use, use the triple stitch on the machine. Even the topstitching is done with the triple stitch. It’s recommended in the pattern guide sheet, for good reason. The dark grey pants have been worn, washed and dried multiple times in a regular wash. They are snug, as intended, and I move a lot in them. Over the last two years, not a single seam has popped. On the other hand, knit items I’ve sewn with a narrow zig zag stitch have since popped open. The photo below shows a close up of the triple stitch, as well as results of bad thread matching (see next bullet point).
- When thread is not an exact match to the fabric, go for the darker shade. Darker will blend better with the fabric. Look what happens if you use the lighter thread.
So tell me, how many is too many from the same pattern?
Go sew up an El Nina…..