I think the biggest suprise of this Me-Made challenge was that I now have enough of a daily wardrobe to get by. My previous Me-Made challenges showed me that I needed to focus on separates for a daily wardrobe. Prior to this, I’d make dresses based on liking a fabric or pattern with no regard to how often I’d wear it or even if I’d wear it at all. (You didn’t see the oh-so-twee butterfly dress at all this month, did you?) I did, however, discover one glaring hole. I don’t have a single party dress. A few weeks ago, we went to a friend’s birthday party. I ended up going in a blouse and jeans, Yes, it was a casual party and I would have been out of place in a cocktail dress, but it showed me that I do need something a step up from my only dress, which I would call a daydress.
The other thing I learned is that I feel that my handmade clothes are more precious than RTW. Even though I do have some handmade tee shirts, I will not wear them for cleaning the house or working in the yard. Does anyone else feel that way?
Another lesson learned: During Me-Made months, I spend more time on the computer and less time sewing. I love seeing all the other participants’ outfits on the Flickr group, which leads to new blogs to explore and following, leading me into searches for new-to-me patterns. Each Me-Made month, I’ve had plan to sew alot, but ended up sewing next to nothing. This month, all I finished was a single blouse and the 40’s denim trousers.
And finally, I just wanted to say congratulations to all the Me-Made-March participants. You all did a wonderful job and are so inspirational and supportive. Each month, there have been more and more participants. While I think this is a good thing and we’re spreading the love of wearing our handmade garments, it means that sometimes I feel like there are too many to comment on every single outfit post that I wanted to. There is already talk of another challenge, probably in the summer. I’ll probably be on board for that one, too. Hope to see you there!