Because Clothes

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.