Saturday, February 19, 2011

Commitment - March 2011

I've made the pledge over on Zoe's blog to participate in Me-Made-March this year. 

I, Gabrielle from http://upsewlate.blogspot.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-March '11.  I endeavour to wear one handmade piece of clothing or accessory for the duration of March 2011.


To be really honest, I should have lots of "me made" clothes that I could wear... but every day??? Commitment is hard.

I decided to check what I had and whether it would really be enough for 1 homemade garment per day for 31 consecutive days, the bulk of them work days.  Everything needs an iron , but this is what I found:

4 long sleeve knit t-shirts (1 has shrunk, 1 needs a side seam repair):



5 casual t-shirts, and 1 sleeveless t-shirt (only 3 t-shirts are photographed as 1 is missing, 1 is badly stained, and the sleeveless t-shirt is in the wash):



about 12 other tops (includes a couple suitable only for unpopular beaches or pulling weeds or something):












                                                                                                                                                                        

about 10 dresses (2 not photographed), mostly for casual wear, and 2 of them are incredibly ugly on me:




 

6 skirts (1 too tight, 2 borderline too tight, 2 too loose, and the other makes me look like a ball on legs),
1 pair of trousers and 1 probably too small jacket, and 1 handbag (not photographed):















It looks like enough, with some double-ups, but I think homemade skirts that fit will be a challenge. This weekend I'll try to work on that problem - I want to make a start on a couple more knee-length skirts, and I'm going to see if there's anything useful in my UFO pile. The other problem may be dressing nicely enough for work 5 days a week...  I guess if it all gets too hard I can carry my handmade handbag, can't I!

7 comments:

  1. You are miles ahead of me! I've got one skirt that I made and one that I substantially refashioned, plus a top. I'm planning a vest, another skirt, and at least one more top to start the month, plus pyjamas. All washable. No one says we have to wear a different piece every day, or dress at all on the weekends, right?

    (I think word verification is commenting on my fashion sense--my word is flumsto!)

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  2. Wear nothing on the weekend? True, it's possible... maybe no posting a photo on those days, or your audience might change too much? I'm sure this exercise will prove we don't need so much - and that the 'unwearables' are a bit wearable. I look forward to seeing your new garments!

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  3. I meant stay in my pajamas on the weekends. I promised to wear at least one hand-stitched item a day and, while doctors have put the odd stitch or two in my birthday suit, I guess it doesn't count as self-stitched!

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  4. You've actually got a lot of stock! At least compared to me. I am a slow sewer. Maybe you could sew yourself a bag and carry it on the days that you don't have any outfits that are home sewn?

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  5. Oh pajamas, KC, of course! Sorry to have assumed otherwise.

    Karin that's nearly 2 years worth of sewing, mostly easy things, and I guess I try to sew most evenings... but I wish I was faster and more skilled. The bag is a good idea. I do have a couple of cheery handmade totes I use to hold fabric so maybe they could swing into action if needed. I just had another idea - accessories - fabric necklaces are very quick!

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  6. You do have a lot of clothes, I look forward to seeing how you mix them up differently each day!
    Although if you really don't wear some of them any more perhaps that is a good excuse to make something new?

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  7. Carolyn, please don't expect too much! I'll probably only wear one handmade item per day as they don't really mix and match well! Yes, that's right, and seeing things that I do wear via the camera lens helps sort the wheat from the chaff too.

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