To Me Made May or not to Me Made May. That is the question. I think the problem I am having in making up my mind about whether to take part is not only about whether I have the clothes or not, but about the time it takes to take a photograph every day.
I have made lots of clothes since January 2013 when I started this blog. Some cotton shirts, a few t's and lots and lots of attempts at making trousers. I have quite a few casual trousers now, and a few smart casual. Ditto skirts - quite a few casual skirts and a few smart casual. I haven't made much work wear yet. And very few tops and jackets to finish an outfit off. I was concentrating more on getting my sewing skills back after about a ten year hiatus - and learning new things to boot. Like sewing with knits and making trousers.
So I am a little reluctant to take part as the photographs will not yet be visually interesting outfits. I doubt they ever will be - I tend to be very plain and simple. In winter it tends to be my black or cream turtleneck and one of my basic bottoms - trousers or skirt and tights.
(Just remembered - I also have a med made coat and polar fleece jacket - I had forgotten about them!!)
So this might be an opportunity to go through my clothes. I can also work out what I wear, and whether it works for me. And what I might need.
I won't be able to take pictures some days, so I decided I would only pledge one garment a week, and then do more if I get around to it. As this is my first Me Made May I want to ease into the process. I'll probably find it quite fun, once I start.
I, Sarah Liz of sarahlizsewstyle.blogspot.com address if you have one), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear one garment each week and more if I can for the duration of May 2014'
(Me Made May is faciliated by sozowhatdoyouknow... )
This allows me scope to change my mind, without me feeling pressured to post every day if I have other life commitments that take priority.
I am afraid I may have to resort to indoor photos in front of my white screen as I will not always be able to find the time, or have the right weather,to take photographs outside.
I also thought that after May I will continue to post one Me Made garment a week.
I've been a little low on the SewJo this week - I think it is because I have been tired and needed a bit of a break. I have found that has done the trick, and I'll be back sewing sometime this week. this happens sometimes - even with hobbies, sometimes you need some down time to refresh yourself and recharge the mojo.
I haven't stopped stashing though. What is it about stash - no matter how low the SewJo, the optimism is always there. I found this absolutely lovely cotton muslin (only it has a little more body than muslin, and a slight twill weave to it):
I've been searching for a lightweight fabric suitable for making two little summer nighties for ages, so really, I had to stash this as soon as I saw it :).
I have spent some time this week knitting. Or rather, unknitting. For some reason, I have made mistake after mistake after mistake with a knitted cardigan jacket I am making. The last mistake was making two right sides. The first time I made this mistake I carefully undid it, and carefully redid it, so as not to make the same mistake. I must have been too careful, because I made the same mistake again. With much gnashing of teeth, I undid the section again, and redid it. Then forgot to make the first buttonhole. Undo an inch again, and make buttonhole.
I'm pleased to report I think I am finally on track:
|Finally - two sides of the cardigan.|
Now I just have to knit to the lapel area and try to get that right without too much undoing!
That's my news - I think I caught up with your news this morning.
Have a great week everyone,