My recent class with Zoe Edwards has led to me discovering her blog, her amazing talent for refashioning and upcycling and the rather wonderful Me-Made-May challenge. I have a feeling my friend Julia did this last year, after she had been bitten by the sewing bug. The idea is, basically, to wear as much handmade stuff as you can during the month of May. You can shape the challenge in any way you wish and Zoe offers loads of great advice on how to do this, and on what the challenge is (and more importantly, isn't about) here.
It got me thinking.
I don't have many me-sewn garments - running total currently is 1 skirt, 1 dress, 1 top and a rather hastily made and poorly constructed headband. BUT, I do have quite a lot of knitwear accumulated over the last ten years of knitting regularly and I don't really wear any of it as much as I should (or would like to).
I need to be realistic about my challenge - I don't have tons of time on my hands and we're going away for the second half of the month, so sewing lots of new garments just isn't going to happen. We're also going somewhere pretty sunny so most of my knitwear is not going to be making the trip with me. So, with that in mind, I am making the following (admittedly conservative) pledge:
"I, Lyn of Domestic Witterings, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavour to wear me-made garments at least 3 days per week for the duration of May 2015. I will also endeavour to complete one of the two WIPs I currently have sat on my sewing table."
The things sat on my sewing table, in case you are interested are my Cappuccino dress (see my last post) and a skirt that I've been playing around with since last summer - it is based on the Delphine pattern from Love at First Stitch (you can see it on there on the cover), but taking inspiration from a very lovely Boden skirt I saw a lady wearing while out and about in Ealing.
- Lyn Collett
- Currently, I'm a stay-at-home mum to an inquisitive and often rambunctious three year old girl and her sunny little brother. In a former life, I was a lawyer. I know which I prefer. On the odd occasion that I get some downtime, I knit, crochet, read, sew, sing badly, dance even more so, enjoy a glass of wine and watch bad TV, sometimes in varying combinations of the foregoing and not necessarily in that order of preference.