Clothes made by my mom for me

As I have been exploring my own personal wardrobe journey on shopping Made in the USA (see this post and this other post) and after reading Overdressed, I have truly realized that we should somehow reignite the movement to make our own clothes! I have saved my machine for years just altering/mending clothes and making pillows. I need to kickstart learning how to make my own clothes little by little. I want to have one thing made by my own hands before the end of the year.

I’m inspired by my mother’s sewing skills – from my childhood to this very day, she will still make me something if she has time and I can get her fabric! It is AWESOME to wear something made just for you, even more so when that person is your mom 🙂

So I’m rounding up some of the things I’ve worn on the blog that were made by her – realizing I haven’t done a good job at sharing so many other things made by her hands and I can’t figure out why!

Recently, this tangerine simple top that I’ve worn countless time since she made it. See post here.
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This polka dot dress! See post here.
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This graphic print top. See post here.
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A striped dress. See post here. This post also talks a little bit about how my mom would make our clothes.
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A watercolor dress. See post here.
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A le-sac dress DIY. See post here.

Drop-crotch pants, don’t judge me, they were cool then 🙂 See post here.

This last one is very old and the picture quality is not that great, so I’ll only link to it – a skirt she made me. See post here.

One day I hope to have enough content to do a roundup of the clothes I have made for myself!

Do you have something in your wardrobe that’s been made just for you or that you’ve made for yourself? Please send me the link in the comments so I can see it! I want to be inspired.

  • Letícia Tatsch

    I have tried and failed to make my own clothes. Sewing clothes that actually fit and flatter has more to do with engineering than with art.

    I can do alterations with moderate success. Hemming, adding pockets, taking clothes in – sometimes that goes terribly wrong too.

    I am on the verge of trying again, maybe a simple skirt from a cute fabric i have stashed here, but this time around I’ll do the proper way, with a muslim first, be scientific, try it on a thousand times during the process and cut no corners. 🙂

    I hope to hear from your adventures on sewing your clothes.

    • Eli

      It is something incredibly hard, and I understand technically why more people don’t. But that isn’t to say that it’s an impossible task. Especially when facing the alternative – buying Made in X country where people are being exploited.

      The things I have shown here that my mom made me are basics, except for one dress, but she typically makes herself more complicated things! She told me to find something at the thrift store that I like and to cut open those seams to use it as a pattern!

      • Letícia Tatsch

        I agree with you that exploitation is not to be condoned. Where I am – not the US – even buying locally does not exclude that option from the equation. If you truly want to be ethical, even buying fabric is tricky.

        I do think that overconsumption is the biggest evil, though. That is what I like most about your blog, I have been reading it since you lived in Vegas, because it is one of the few personal style blogs that is not about buying mountains of clothes and wearing them just once.

        I try to buy very little, buy second hand whenever I can, wear my clothes to death, donate what I don’t wear and repair and improve what can be repaired.

        I have been repainting my apartment these days and I noticed that I have sown most of my home furnishings – windows are not picky about how their dressings fit. 🙂

        • Eli

          It really is a difficult thing – because we have to wear something. So I can see where even sourcing your fabric can be a tricky thing. The whole industry is kind of rotten from the core. You run into bumps everywhere. So I’m sticking to thrifting until I can figure things out for myself.

          I really appreciate your honest and kind words about my blog – sometimes I fear that I come across as one of those wasteful bloggers. I just do my thing 🙂

  • Kristian Satterlee

    Wow! I’m very impressed with your mother’s talent as making well fitting clothes is a skill indeed! My mother made a lot of our halloween costumes, but I don’t think she ever made clothes for us…

    I’d like to make a piece of clothing like that.

    • Eli

      I’ll tell you what I told the other commenter – my mom gave me a tip once to find something you liked at the thrift store, undo all the seams and to use it as a pattern aka template to make something else! Now I just need to do it 🙂

  • Sam

    It’s been a while that I’ve been to your blog and it’s so nice to see you’re still blogging! Especially your blog is one of the first I ever discovered 🙂 I also can remember some of these outfit! Your mother has talent! It all looks so nice. About making things yourself, I just got myself yesterday some new fabric to make a jacket this week. It’s a red plaid!


  • Eli

    Hi Sam, I still subscribe to your blog!! 🙂 Thank you for the comment, I feel very envious that you are able to make so many things for yourself. It really gives you the freedom of a wardrobe many other people don’t have! Everyone I know doesn’t even know how to sew a button!

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