Let me start off by saying how much I love Me Made May - it's inspirational, educational, sociable and Zoe is an absolute genius for coming up with the idea. When I took part for the first time ever last year - musings and links to each week's outfits - I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and even surpassed my little pledge.
So, why am I not taking part this year then? This time round I knew that I wouldn't be happy with just three or four me-made outfits a week. It was a great way to ease me into the challenge, but I feel I should have more to show for over three years of consistent sewing. Yet despite my efforts I actually don't. Why? There are many reasons - including poor fit and bad pattern choice for my shape. And because holding onto me-mades I don't like or wear makes me feel dispassionate about sewing, I've been getting rid of them instead. Just like I would with shop-bought clothes.
Throughout 2012, I gifted a couple of items to my mum and gave a few more bits to charity shops. And with Me Made May literally just around the corner, I had one more ruthless cull and made a final me-made inventory.
This lot has to go, I just don't wear them...ever!
- I must be expanding because my beloved Sorbettos are too snug for comfort now.
- I used way too stiff a fabric for my Burda Sleeveless Blouse.
- My Applique sweater gets more misshapen with each wash, I wish I'd stay-stitched the neckline.
- Aubergine Ginger had fitting issues from the start.
- I still love my self-drafted circle skirt, but damn it it smells of mildew! The fabric smelt from day one and despite washing, airing and various other tricks...it still smells.
- There's no sugar coating it, Vogue 8728 is still too big and misshapen, but I will be re-cycling the fabric to make some fancy undies.
- I don't know what's happened to my Mad Men dress, but it suddenly fits terribly through the shoulders.
These are good to stay, but aren't exactly wardrobe staples...
- My beautiful Pendrell with a 30s twist is a bit snug too, but I genuinely think the silk cotton has shrunk in the wash. I can't stand to part with it though, so I'm saving it for 'skinny' days!
- I adore my heirloom Armistice blouse, but I'm saving it for special occasions because my great-grandmother's silk is pretty fragile.
- The fit of my self-drafted skirt is spot on, but it's a bit figure-hugging for everyday wear.
- Love my Tilly picnic skirt, but I keep meaning to replace the waistband because it's linen and stretches out easily.
- Western Ginger is cute, but I may have to shorten it a little to get more wear out of it with tights.
- My Hazedale was a success in the end, but I can only really wear it weather permitting.
- Minnie Mouse most definitely can't have her dress back, but I won't exactly be wearing it weekly.
As you can see this doesn't exactly leave me with a month's worth of of me-made items. But what it does leave me with is comfortable, well fitting me-mades that I love to wear: Renfrews (here and here), re-fashioned Pendrell, Alma, Mathilde, Dixie DIY animal print sweater, Miette skirt, Dixie DIY Ballet Dress, 30th birthday dress.
Granted, jersey and knit fabrics feature heavily in my staple wardrobe. I want to increase this (more Renfrew's and casual dresses are a must it would seem), but the fabric snob in me also wants to rectify this. So making more pretty blouses and woven dresses is high up on my agenda too.
I hope you don't read this as a negative post, because I'm actually in a really zen place about my sewing at the moment. Sure I wish I could sew faster and more often, but I'm excited to slowly sew the wardrobe of my dreams. Best of all, I feel like finally, in my third year of sewing, I'm getting there.
Are you taking part in Me Made May this year? I hope you're feeling confident and know that I'll be cheering you on from the sideline...hoping to come back stronger myself next year!