Friday, April 01, 2011

Me-Made-March - a summary

Here it is, a look at everything I wore through the month.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11
No picture.

Day 12

Day 13

Day 14

Day 15

Day 16

Day 17

Day 18

Day 19
No picture.

Day 20
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Day 21

Day 22

Day 23

Day 24

Day 25

Day 26

Day 27
No picture.

Day 28

Day 29

Day 30
No picture.

Day 31

Me-Made thoughts.
1. I hate taking photos every day. I'm busy, I'm running in and out. Stopping to take photos frequently just doesn't happen. Last year, during Self-Stitched September, I pretty much gave up taking photos about halfway through the month. This time, I didn't pretend I was going to catch-up by 'staging' photos, I just took a photo as much as possible. This helped keep the challenge sane.

2. As you noticed, I wore the same two cardigans a lot. Why? I have a ton of RTW cardigans, and never feel that compelled to sew my own versions. The same logic applies to pants, jackets, etc. If I have true wardrobe holes, I should fill them with sewn components, of course. But if I don't? Sewing a cardigan for Me-Made months seemed a bit pointless - cardigans are not a wardrobe hole. So I wore the same things again and again a lot, and got quite tired of it.

3. At the same time, I found this go-around of the Me-Made a lot more fun than the previous round. (September.) This was primarily due to the changes Zoe made to the flickr group, I think. She limited photos to 2 per outfit, which was brilliant. Last time, the sheer volume of photos meant no one had time to review and comment. This time around, I actually got feedback and compliments on my clothes. As with the blog, feedback from other sewers makes things fun, and no feedback makes things boring.

So, what did I wear today, after all me-made restrictions were over?

Newly sewn top, but store bought jeans and jacket. This kind of outfit is pretty typical for me, I wear my self-sewn clothes ~25-30% of the time. This number that keeps increasing as my RTW items get older, I don't think I've done any RTW shopping in at-least a year.

I've reached the 25-30% level in ~3-4 years and I anticipate that 5 years from now, I'll be pretty close to 100%.


SewOm said...

Congratulations! It is quite an accomplishment to follow thru with a commitment to wear clothes you made AND photograph yourself wearing them. I also really appreciate your comment that it takes time to build the sewing skills that allow you to make a wardrobe you're proud of wearing. I'm a beginner and I would love to have a me made wardrobe now Now NOW!!!!! But I can see that with every item I make, I learn and get better results. One day, I'll be where you are now.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

It certainly is a lot of work but you have done really well documenting what you have worn all was fun following along.