In my previous post, I shared with you my absolute adoration for my new bomber jacket. Of course, I love how it looks from the outside, but half the reason I love it is because of how it looks on the inside, fully lined. Cuz, you know…just like in real life, the insides that matter!
Quality is to a product, like character is to a man.Henry J. Heinz
Julija Gobere from sewingjulie.com shared this quote recently and it sure is true for us sewists! Just because no one sees the inside of a garment, doesn’t mean you should skip out on it. Having a clean inside allows the item to actually feel good against your skin while wearing it, adds a little bit of weight and gives a sense of quality to the piece. I guess it’s sort of like sitting in a brand new shiny car that’s dirty AF inside. It makes you feel a little weird about the whole thing.
As a home sewist, my hand-made garments look and feel professionally made when the insides are nice and neat. I find it hard to feel good about wearing my own makes if it feels like a ‘DIY’, so to speak, because for me, it’s more of a craft.
What’s helped me take this to the next level is putting labels on the clothes I make:
I’ve wanted labels for so long but I just couldn’t commit to it for some reason. My friends would often get on my case and one time, my mom even scolded me for not doing it! Can you believe her? JK. The real question is, can you believe it took me so long?
I got my labels from Dutch Label Shop and I’m so happy and excited to have them in my sewing stash. I haven’t quite figured out my own logo yet, so I opted to just use the text options provided on their site, which turned out to be the perfect dose of simple and pretty for me.
now everything about this jacket is uniquely me!
On top of cleanly finishing the inside of this jacket, adding my name to my own garments was the icing on the cake that makes me swell up with pride because now everything about this jacket is uniquely me!
Final thoughts on this…
In many ways, finishing the insides of my makes is similar to taking care of my mind and body. On the outside, I can be as put together as possible, but if I’m frayed, messy and all over the place internally, my appearance is just a facade. That might sound like a bit of an extreme comparison, but it’s just a reminder that the guts of anything should never be left unattended to.
PS. Yes, I’m wearing my faux leather bomber jacket inside out. And no, it’s not reversible. Noted for next time though 😉
Snapped by D. Lau