So the wonderful blogger over at sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.com hosts Me Made May. She is currently taking pledges for May 2014. I participated last year, and plan to this year.
for people who have made stuffs- clothing, accessories, etc, but who
might not wear their creations. It's designed to push people into using
the items they have created, whether sewn, knitted, refashioned, etc.
I often fall into this category.
I have been making clothing for half of my life. More than pj bottoms for most of that time.
rarely buy clothing at traditional retail shops. Many factors: cost,
quality of material and construction (or lack thereof), personal style,
dubious ethical and environmental practices, dislike for practice of
'fast fashion', abhorrence of consumerism.
Grew up in a
working class home. Early childhood clothing was hand-me-downs from
family, starting in junior high I got a couple of pair of jeans from
Penny's or Sear's in the fall other clothing came from thrift stores.
It was economical and fun to spend a couple of hours flipping through
racks at second hand stores looking at what I could cobble together. I
didn't have a cohesive style, heck I still don't, and didn't follow the
trends and fashions of teens ( I grew up before the use of 'tween').
In college, I found many friends that had the same
ambivalence towards fashion. Clothing is utilitarian, and comfortable.
Fashion comes after that. High fashion at college was t-shirts
advertizing the groups you were a part of.
college, I spent several years working at a large department store, and
while I successfully avoided being stationed in the clothing
departments, I learned about the practices of the retail fast-fashion industry. Ish.
no longer work at the department store (Thank God!) The last time I
bought a new piece of clothing (undergarments excluded) was three years
ago, it was a bridesmaid dress. My wardrobe is small, I wear all of it
in a year's time (with the exception of the bridesmaid's dresses).
don't feel like I have a cohesive sense of style I'm inspired by early
1940's fashions-( tailored, simple silhouettes brought on by war time
rationing, pants became acceptable for women to wear outside the house.)
but because of my job and chronic pain, wardrobe choices are simple-
knits for tops because I can't always work buttons. Denim for pants-it's
And now to wrap this up, because it's turning whiny....
I guess I have thought of clothing primarily as utilitarian for so
long, it's difficult to 'see' style in what I wear. I'm practical-I
dress for the weather and for how my body functions (stiff hands and
such). Maybe in the next month I can start looking at how I dress as
more than just clothes, but as an experiment in self expression.
My pledge this year is to :
1. Wear at least one me-made item a day, five days a week for the duration of May
2. Take pictures of my outfits, if only for personal evaluation.
3. Create two from-scratch garments over the course of May.
4. Reflect on the garments I have purchased and made.