So my big sewing goal this year, as stated back in January, is to actually participate in Me Made May. I have wanted to since the induction of my sewing blog in 2012, but I never had enough me-made things I wanted to wear every day for an entire month. That makes me so sad! So this year I made a promise and plan to follow through and wear one handmade outfit, everyday, for the entire month of May 2015.
Here’s my official pledge:
I, Rochelle New of Lucky Lucille, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15. I endeavor to wear at least one hand-sewn item (ideally making up the main portion of my outfit) each day for the duration of May 2015.
Originally my plan was to sew a bunch of brand spankin’ new garments to wear specifically for this challenge, and I have made quite a few new things actually (many I’ve yet to blog about because I want to save them for next month!), but I’m adding a little amendment to my challenge. Since I have a large plastic bin brimming with past handmade things, I want to dig through it and force myself to reevaluate WHY those garments ended up in the “I Don’t Really Like This” Box to begin with.
Is it fit? Is it style? Was it my lack of sewing knowledge/skill at the time? (Already I’ve found many embarrassing seams and a distinct lack of hook-n-eye closures on dresses – sheer laziness!) I want to dip into that box and wear some of those things again as part of this Me Made May challenge. I think it will help me better define what I actually like to wear and sew. If, at the end of the month, I truly don’t like those garments and can’t see myself wearing them again for whatever reason, I will donate them or cut them up for scraps. I tend to hold on to handmade things for sentimental reasons, but if I’m not wearing and loving those things, they’re not doing me any good!
As I tried on some of my old handmade garments again, I noticed some big trends: 1.) Right now, I don’t like sleeves. I’d rather just go sleeveless and wear a cardigan if I feel the need to cover up. 2.) The wide-leg pants I used to love have shrunk and are now obnoxiously too short, plus, I’d rather just throw on a dress and not find bottoms to match tops. 3.) I prefer to have a dress that zips up the back or buttons up the front, rather than pull something on over my head that’s a tight squeeze (i.e. most of my side-zip 1940s dresses!).
Also, my acid reflux has been much more under control lately and I’ve been feeling comfortable when wearing fitted things again. I’m predicting a summer of simple, vintage inspired Fit-and-Flare sun dresses! Admittedly, I miss sewing that style an awful lot.
I do have some major wardrobe holes that I should try to address before May, if I can. I’m in desperate need of a plain white T-shirt, a plain/neutral cardigan, and a skirt or two in a solid color (…I really like prints, if you couldn’t tell lolz). If I can’t sew a t-shirt or a cardigan before May, I will give myself permission to buy one, if it will allow me to wear more of my handmade separates.
Are you participating in Me Made May this year? I’d love to hear your personal goals!
p.s. It’s not too late to join us in Spring For Cotton if you need an excuse to do some vintage inspired sewing with a cotton fabric 😉