Me Made May: The Inventory

‘I, Roobeedoo, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15.  I endeavour to wear me-made clothes that bring me joy (ooh – there’s the catch!) each day for the duration of May 2015′

So here we go – another game of wardrobe Russian roulette.

In 2010, I itemised my wardrobe in preparation for Self Stitched September.
The only garments (as opposed to handknit shawls and socks) which remain from that time are:
14 September 2010:  red dress and black jacket – both have survived

The dress comes out of the wardrobe about once a year, on very hot days when I have a Committee meeting.
The jacket comes out slightly more often, but the dotty buttons are dangerously clownish.
I can’t remember wearing the pullover at all, except during Me-Made challenges.

This year’s inventory is decidedly smaller than 2010’s version.
I have decided that I need to concentrate on my work wardrobe, because the dog doesn’t care what I wear round the farm.

My me-made work wardrobe consists of:

  • 5 skirts
  • 1 pair culottes
  • 5 woven tops
  • 4 jersey tops
  • 1 jacket
  • 4 dresses
That’s 20 items, not including hand knits or knickers.
GULP.

One strong coffee and a chocolate Hob Nob later…

I decided to count my shop-bought items and add them to the list.

The grand total of work-appropriate garments in my wardrobe comes to 35 items, including 3 Boden cardigans, my everyday Seasalt raincoat, a shocking pink summer coat, and a beautiful Brora sweater that I reserve for “best”.

I haven’t included hand-knits because I think of them as “wintry” and this is supposed to be my spring – summer wardrobe. 
This is akin to FL’s refusal to open brown envelopes:  denial will bring you nothing but trouble in the end.  
But bear with me:  I wear a hand knitted shawl almost every day; I am not trying to pretend otherwise.

The purpose of this exercise is to find my happy place.

Maybe I have stopped sewing because I view my clothes as the backdrop for the real stars, the hand knits?
Maybe I just can’t be bothered thinking up “outfits” anymore, and would be happier to adopt a uniform of sorts?

I am sure it will become clear over the course of the month… or not.

Happy May Day!