I must have struck a chord when I blogged about Women in Clothes :)
It brought a spark of life to this quiet little corner of the internet – thank you to all of you who commented or linked to the post.
|My uniform: Howies shirt and me-made Peggy skirt|
Maybe it was that, or the sunshine, or the daffodils, or the farmer cultivating the fields outside the kitchen window… but it feels like Spring time all of a sudden.
I hauled all my summery clothes out of the storage drawer and gave them a shake.
I was pleased to see some old friends, but recognised others as candidates for compulsory redundancy.
It is really hard to throw away me-mades which I have loved and worn for several years, but there comes a time.
|The Way They Were in 2011: sadly, not all good things last forever|
My two Liberty print Sencha blouses are past their best. I made the first in August 2010, the second in August 2011. They have served me well. If I assume they have been worn once a week between April and September for 3 to 4 years, they have been washed at least 80 times each. No wonder they are looking a bit faded and battered! I lost a button from the blue rose version late last year, and that sealed its fate – I didn’t feel it was fit for work after that.
Should I recreate them, or move on to a different silhouette?
|Keira Knightley as Greta in “Begin Again”|
I actually did some sewing last Sunday. I started work on a pair of 1970’s cropped trousers / culottes. I had to stop because I didn’t have any grosgrain ribbon for the waistband. I felt an unfamiliar thrill of excitement as I tried them on for the first time to check the fit.
Ooh! New clothes!
That was quite a relief – I thought I had lost my groove.
In search of inspiration, I found a new blog which is feeding my new-found appetite for a change of direction: Into-mind, “personal style, minimalism and the perfect wardrobe”.
It is a European blog, by Anuschka who is based in Berlin. I love her aesthetic. There is an ebook to purchase, which is tempting. I am working my way through the various themes of self-analysis, simplification, organisation… and for once I am not feeling overwhelmed.
|Trying harder: Ginger skirt, Plantain tee and Aestlight shawl: all me-made|
I want to sew-my-own as far as possible.
I remain committed to creating as clean and green a wardrobe as I can.
There will be no schizophrenic Mango purchases*.
One garment at a time… I’ll get there…
Just in time for Me-Made-May!
Are you up for the challenge too?
* Edited to add: in case you missed the story, in a fit of wardrobe frustration back in December, I tried to buy some Mango cropped trousers. They didn’t fit. I sent them back. It took them 6 weeks and at least 6 stern emails from me for them to refund my money. In the meantime, I discovered the extent of their involvement in unethical production / supply chain practices. I learned my lesson. But this would not have happened if I had stuck to my pledge to make my own clothes.