I am not a Me Made May type of person.
I wear hand-made clothes most days but it’s not something I need to advertise on Instagram. Friends know I make clothes and sometimes take an interest but I don’t, as a rule, draw attention to it. Making a pledge is something I would find rather embarrassing – like committing to give up the evil alcohol, or publically going on a diet.
I have no aversion to off the peg, ready to wear clothing. In fact I love buying ready-made – you can try it on, it gives instant gratification, and it is often less expensive than making your own. Last week I bought a pink linen blouse and was grateful that i didn’t have to do all those buttonholes and buttons. Lots of pluses there, then. I don’t think shops are bad in and of themselves . I know a lot of people feel that sweat-shops and shops are somehow the same thing, but how do you think fabric is produced? Not by a group of well-fed hand-loom weavers, dyed in natural beetroot and transported to the market on a tandem.
There are lots of items that I can’t be bothered to make – T-shirts, bras and jeans for example. I am not such an extraordinary shape that I cannot buy perfectly good ones in the shops. I enjoy wearing RTW items with clothes I have made myself. For me a head to toe “me made” outfit is contrived and a little bit goody-goody – like recycling everything, and always buying organic. I am afraid I am so superficial that style trumps rules every time. I love the juxtaposition of a tailored skirt and a Topshop T, or Levis and a handmade linen shirt, a nice hand painted silk dress with a cashmere cardigan.
Do you enjoy seeing everyone’s outfits on a daily basis? I find it a bit boring – like looking at pictures of what someone else cooked or ate for dinner. Taking endless photographs of food has become an obsession, so why not picture, after picture, of what you wore today?
Here I am today. I just got in from work. I am wearing a SWAP skirt with an indeterminate T-shirt (I always cut out the labels – do you?) and a scarf from John Lewis. It’s a “selfie”. Or is it just a bit silly?
Actually I think Me Made May is more a “thing” for young women. If you are fairly new to dressmaking, knitting or baking perhaps pure excitement means you must share your work with the world so that lots of affirming comments (lovely colour!!! Gorge!!!! Amazeballs! Awesome!! etc….) accumulate on your Facebook page. I am a hypocrite of course – because a blog is like that too. Those skinny girls, with their long legs and hair, would look great in a plastic bag. But give me a handmade dress and cute shoes instead of skinny jeans and a black jumper any day. So I am not knocking the concept per se – I just don’t think it is for me.