I, Jo of Jo Sews, sign up (in the nick of time) as a participant of Me-Made-May '13.
I endeavour to wear at least one handmade or refashioned item of clothing,
at least five days a week for the duration of May 2013.
Have you signed up for Me Made May? Do you even know what it is? (If not, follow that link to find out!)
I've known about it for a while, and have been actively looking forward to it for about, ooh only 6 months or so. But when it came to actually taking the pledge, I found myself suddenly unsure of whether I actually wanted to join in. As Zoe says, it shouldn't be too easy, but it shouldn't be stressful either. I found I had (have!) grave doubts about my ability to carry off handmade clothes for a sizeable chunk of the coming month.
Because, well, I shouldn't exactly complain I suppose ...
Yes, I will be there, on that beach and in its surroundings, for two whole weeks.
And the thing is, while in general I'm very happy with the amount of handmade getting worn in my everyday life, an overwhelming amount of it gets worn to work. I wear far fewer handmade clothes at weekends or on holiday. I just haven't sewn so much casual stuff yet, I think because I've only recently got comfortable enough sewing with knits to even think about designing and building myself a wearable off-duty wardrobe. And, yeah, things get busy in the run-up to going away, especially with little kids. Plus there's the usual work and life things to do too.
But in the end, I am going to take part, because the reasons I wanted to still stand. I want to know: how wearable, really, are my handmade clothes? Where are the wardrobe gaps and what can I do about them? Might committing to regular handmade wear change how I see my style, clothes, and, well heck, - myself, as well as my wardrobe sewing? Or, y'know, not...
I've given myself two 'days off' a week; I'll be wearing at least one handmade item for at least five days out of every seven. It's my first time and I've no idea how achievable this is. And in the end, well, there's no such thing as failure is there? If I can't do it, that's an answer to those questions too.
Are you taking part? If so, what form does your challenge take? If you've done it before, how did you find it and what are you doing different this year? What were your answers to my questions above?
Looking forward to reporting back on how this goes...!