Last Me-Made-May, I decided that this year was going to be the year that I would participate. But back when I made that decision, I guess I had not anticipated that my life in May 2015 would be somewhat of a mess.
After only just making the move back to the southern hemisphere from the north, my UK life is still housed in an assortment of cardboard boxes in the garage. My pre-UK life is spread across my parents’ garage and spare room in a number of cupboards, boxes, drawers, chests and maybe even buckets. And I am somehow managing to survive with the small amount (don’t listen to The Boyfriend if he tells you otherwise) of stuff I left London with (which was quite a trans-seasonal assortment as I was packing for a coldish January in Spain, and then a very warm few weeks in South East Asia). It means I have exactly 3 t-shirts, 2 pairs of jeans, 6 dresses ranging from wool to chiffon and 2 pairs of jeans (okay... I may be missing out a few things, but you get my gist?) to choose from each day. I have actually started to like having to survive with a very limited wardrobe. It is somewhat liberating to have so few options to choose between.
But the problem with this new found liberation is:
Me-Made-May is fast approaching and I have approximately two ‘me-mades’ in my current wardrobe.
One thin frock, much more suited to the balmy nights in Thailand than the current Sydney weather (rain, wind, rain and a bit more rain), and my Purple People Eater wrap dress, which thankfully is a bit more appropriate for May in Sydney (quite possibly along with tights and a cardigan, at the rate things are going).
So my options are to:
a. Wear the Purple People Eater dress every day in May, or
b. Get a bit more creative with my pledge
I think option ‘a’ is a total no-no. The dress is not one I can style differently to make it look slightly different each day. It is clearly bright purple with a very loud print on it, so I think I am going to have to go with option ‘b’.
So before pledging, I thought it was important to first think about why I wanted to participate in Me-Made-May in the first place, and then make a pledge that meets those aims.
I know that people get involved in Me-Made-May for many different reasons. Some want to challenge themselves to wear ‘me-mades’ every day for the duration of the month, some want to integrate their makes with the rest of their wardrobe, and some want to find where there are holes in their wardrobes (among many other reasons).
For me, my mission has never been to have a totally ‘me made’ wardrobe (although kudos to those that do). I love my second hand and vintage wares way too much to replace them all with ‘me-mades’. The reason I want to participate, is that I want to reacquaint myself with everything in my wardrobe – the things that have become wardrobe staples, as well as the things that have been sitting in boxes for the three years I have been away, and get a better understanding of what I wear (or at least plan to wear), what I don’t wear and then find the gaps in between (and I know there are a few). And while I am it, I would like to spend a moment with as many garments as I can and give them some of the TLC that they so need and desire (I am embarrassed about how many garments I have with hems coming down, holes, and missing buttons). So, I guess, what I am saying is that throughout May I plan to go on a Wardrobe Reconnaissance Mission.
For me, this month is going to be a 'Me Made and Mend May', and hopefully by then end of it, I will have much more of an understanding and appreciation for everything I have in my wardrobe (and probably a list of projects to keep me going for the next few months).
So here goes...
'I, Em of Em Makes Patterns, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavour to wear at least 5 me-made, mended or altered garments, as well as mend at least 2 garments each week for the duration of May 2015.’
So looks like it's time to start unpacking those boxes...