Wednesday, May 5, 2010

This is what I wore today....

Good Morning Good People!

Here is another shot of what I am wearing today. I neglected to mention that I am observing to a very mild degree "Me-Made-May." What is that? Let me explain it to you....

I am following a LOT of sewing blogs. Y'all already know that sewing is a passion for me. I enjoy it. I am a bit selfish and protective with what and how I sew, but all and all I do a lot of it. Me-Made-May is a challenge to wear the clothes that we make. A lot of sewist spend a lot of time on their garments, and consequently want to only wear them on special occasions. OR... Feel self conscious wearing the clothes they made because they feel that since they were novices, something must be wrong with the garments.

I have felt both ways. If I spend a lot of money on fabric and notions and then it takes me forever to make a garment, I ain't just gonna wear it anywhere. Even if its a casual look. Sewing your own clothes creates and emotional investment. I would hate to spill something on them or have them soiled. Even though I only really sew with natural fibers like cotton and I know them to be very washer-friendly, still I don't want anything to happen to them. they are my babies, and babies are the greatest!

For the longest I felt like people could tell my clothes were "homemade" Like homemade was a bad thing. I was very self conscious and stopped sewing completely for years. What I didn't realize is that there was a lot of haters spreading their bile around. If they can't do something, they don't want you to do it either.

So, Me-Made-May sounds like a good idea. After perusing the blogs of folks wardrobes, I don't think I have enough Serenity-made clothes to wear every day for a month. I have quit a bit, but not like I would like. Perhaps that will will be a goal for next May. To make enough clothing this summer to have a summer wardrobe for next year. Or maybe begin to prepare for "Me-Made-November" if such a thing exists. Anywho....

This outfit I am wearing, I did not make the maxi dress. I did make the jacket... sort of. That's why I'm wearing it. I never said I don't ever buy store bought clothes. I do. Especially when it a good deal. I got this dress last fall on sale with another dress for $8 for the two of them. I couldn't buy fabric and notions for 2 dresses for $8. So I do purchase clothing. But the jacket.... I rigged that.

It gets good and hot in GA but it's always really cool indoors. So I needed a jacket, that went with everything, that wasn't real hot and that I could ball up and put in my purse or throw over my shoulders when I go out of doors. Also I didn't want to spend much money. At the time I rigged the jacket I was on my clothing restriction and couldn't buy anything brand new.

The jackets started out as a thrift store t-shirt. I bought a zipper that matched, cut the front of the shirt in half and reattached it with said zipper. I get more compliments on it than a little. It is the perfect lite jacket. When I'm feeling preppy it looks nice over my shoulders.

So that's how I'm doing this month's challenge. I may not have made the entire garment, but I at least made some of the ensemble. And pay close attention, because it might be rigged!