Eek, I’ve just signed up to my first Me Made May challenge.
I’ve been following other bloggers who have taken part in the challenges for the past couple of years but I didn’t start my own sewing journey until late last year, so even if I had wanted to take part before now it wasn’t possible.
If you are interested in taking part, Zoe has put up a sign-up post over on blog.
I’ve pledged to wear at least one me made item of clothing each day throughout the month of May. That might not sound like very challenging to many other sewers but to me it is an almighty hurdle and one that I really want to tackle.
As you know, if you follow my blog, I’ve already made a number of dresses and tops. I’ve photographed them, I’ve blogged about them and then almost 100% without fail, I’ve put them on a lovely padded coat hanger, protected them with a dress cover and then put them in my wardrobe, never to be worn again. I love to look at them but I just can’t bring myself to wear them for normal, everyday things. Each morning I automatically reach for my old sloppy, ill fitting clothes in which I can slouch around the house without fear of them getting damaged.
My friends are forever telling me off for basically looking a bit of a mess. They have tried on many occasions to get me to wear the clothes I’ve made but I’m always ready with an excuse, ‘Oh I just wanted a comfy day’ or ‘I’ve got batch cooking to do and I’ll get them stained’. I know that the only person I’m kidding is myself and that it is crazy not to be wearing the lovely things I’ve made. So what if they get damaged or marked?
I can’t explain why I do this, I know it is odd and it is something that I really want to get to grips with. Hence, signing up for MMM16 and committing to wearing one item of self made clothing per day, is as you can hopefully see, a massive personal challenge. I’m really hoping that taking part will help me confront my irrational behaviour and get me used to wearing items as part of my normal, everyday life, rather than just as a very rare treat.
I plan to post a weekly round up of the outfits I’ve worn both as part of my commitment to the challenge and also to prove to others that I’m making progress.