Of all the online events that I have joined over the years, two have really made a difference in my life. The first was signing up with the now-defunct Wardrobe Refashion group several years ago, realizing that I could live without buying new clothes and making my first internet sewing friends.
From Wardrobe Refashion I found Zoe and her now-famous Me Made May ( or was it March?). The challenge of wearing self-made clothes for a month made me think a lot more about actually wearing my self-made stuff, instead of just making it and then hanging it up in the closet and reverting to the "uniform" of RTW.
Have you ever been at a sewing store and looked at all the customers buying fabric and patterns and wondered why no one seems to be wearing anything beyond obviously store-bought jeans and T-shirts? Then have you looked down and thought oh crap, I am one of them ! I want to integrate my sewing self with the getting dressed self more often--and I want it to be fun.
The inspiring part of MMM, has been seeing other people's individual garments evolving into outfits and even a style. Yes, I love the reveal of a new skirt, but seeing it styled different ways throughout a month is—for me—the most interesting aspect.
So yes, count me in and this time it really will be a major challenge because I start a new job contract on May 1. I'll have to dress for some different situations while being pretty nervous about not sticking out in my homemade clothes. Yet, I know that my confidence will only be boosted by knowing that I made part of each outfit with my own damn hands! So,
I, Sigrid of Analog Me, do sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '12. I endeavour to wear at least 2 me-made garments each day for the duration of May 2012'
And, I'm going to try and ENJOY taking those photos of my outfits.
I need some help here. I have to admit, I have never gotten to the stage where I can actually enjoy taking what my son calls "selfies." This is going to be my real challenge, enjoying the self-portrait aspect of documentation. Any advice? Maybe an adoring young male photographer at my feet? Well, asking my teenage sons to do that has had mixed results in the past.