On the Me-Made-May Flickr group and various blogs, there's been chatter about inventories: What do you have? What do you not have? What are you planning to sew?
I finally got around to photographing and cataloging my own inventory. And guess what? It doesn't look bad. All that time I spent with my sewing machine in April paid off. Here it goes:
Bits and pieces: 2
This looks more impressive than it really is. Most Me-Made-May-Liters are wearing one handmade item per day. My personal challenge is much more modest: One item that has gone through my sewing machine per day. So here's the real breakdown:
Completely handmade: 6
Again, including altered items feels a bit like cheating, but what this means to me is that I was able to bring something I already own from total obscurity to regular rotation. An example? An Odille blouse I bought on sale at a consignment store. I hated wearing it every time I put it on, felt like the collar was choking my neck and it looked awful. So it always went back in the closet. This went on for months. I tacked the collar down and now I have a "new" blouse, something I'll actually wear.
It reminds me a bit of an essay I teach, in which the author relates how he once complained to his grandfather, at 7, that he was bored, "He told me that I was never to use that term in his presence again, that if I was bored it was my fault and no one else's. The obligation to amuse and instruct myself was entirely my own." I think of myself in front of a closet full of clothes, complaining, "I have nothing to wear." And then I start to thinking that I need to buy more of this or that.
So the lead up to Me-Made-May-Lite has been a wonderful challenge. Of the 20 items in my May wardrobe, 14 of them were made, refashioned or altered in April. I've got a few sewing plans, but I think like Zoe, Jessica and Tasia, who wrote wonderful posts on balancing sewing with the rest of your life, we slow down and look forward to May, to enjoying our unique creations, and to summer, on the horizon.
Fashion for Vogue, September 1957. - Fashion for Vogue, September 1957.