You probably know of “Me Made May” started by Zoe of the well known “So, Zo…’ blog. The idea is you promise the world that you will wear more of your handmade clothes. I have been put off before by the idea of daily photographs, but of course they are optional. And also a worry that it might be a bit purist (for some, who make their own underwear and even shoes). And up to now May is the end of SWAP and the mad process that involves taking photographs of the eleven garments, combined into outfits.
But it is actually a flexible idea to think about where our own clothes fit into our wardrobe. I very rarely think about what I have made myself and the need to wear it specifically. But when I know I am meeting a fellow seamstress, like Linde, or someone who is interested in my dressmaking (like my Mum) I often pick out a “me-made”. Last week, when I had a cup of tea with Pia, she asked me if I had made what I was wearing – jeans, T shirts, trainers, coat. No! Not one item! I could have. I could have made the coat and the jeans. But I didn’t! She, on the other hand, was dressed head to toe in her elegant personally designed and made wardrobe. I need to claify that she was not wearing the hat with flaps on the day. Or the mittens. But she had on this lovely mohair jacket.
So here is my pledge.
I intend to wear something home made everyday, but (as usual for me) to mix my hand made clothes in with RTW and charity shop buys. I will post a daily outfit photograph on my Instagram using the #MMMay16 hashtag. At the end of May I will post the month’s outfits and provide some reflections on the blog. I don’t know how it is going to go, but it might be interesting. If the weather is fine I might include some of my unfinished 2016 SWAP clothes.
Anyone else doing it this year?