This is the pledge I made less than a week ago:
“I, Kristen, sign up as a participant of Self-Stitched-Sept ’11. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade item (either clothing or accessory) by me each day for the duration of September 2011”
Those au fait with the stitch-bloggy world would know of ‘Self-Stitched September’, or the ‘Me-Made’ months where bloggers around the world pledge to get their self-made garments out of the wardrobe and onto the streets. I took part in my own version of ‘Me-Made May’, but didn’t blog about it, and as the weather was getting colder, by the end of the month I was thoroughly over it. The weather is warming up over here in the southern hemisphere right now, so I think I’ll enjoy the challenge this time around a lot more. And, I’ve pledged to myself to blog about it. Rather than daily updates on outfits, I’ll break them up into groups including several days in each post. Following are my first six, and I apologise for the photos. It’s my first time taking self-portraits, and we don’t have a tripod so after a few days experimentation I’ve rigged up a nifty contraption using books that works reasonably well (the photos get better the further along you get…I promise. Some of them even include my whole head!).
Day 1’s kind of embarrassing. I was in such a rush to get to an early morning meeting I actually forgot it was the first of September, so didn’t wear anything me-made to work…as soon as I got home I popped on some pyjama pants I made myself a few months ago from an old, rather thick and cuddly, bed sheet.
Day 2 was spent lounging around the house, so I wore my version of Colette’s Sencha. I’m not completely sold on this pattern for me – it makes me look a bit blousy… It could be due to the fabric (a quilting cotton) or could be due to the fact that even though I cut out the pattern according to my actual measurements the shirt turned out to be about a gazillion times too big, so I remedied that by just taking in the sides. It does alright for a ‘lounging-around-the-house’ shirt.
Day 3 was a sunny Saturday and I’d just finished this skirt that morning, so of course I had to wear it. The skirt is a self-drafted “cheat’s box pleat”, if that makes sense? You can’t really see in the photo above, but it looks box pleated, but the pleats don’t double back entirely to each other on the reverse. I’ll post better pics and an explanation later in the week!
Day 4 was another day not doing much so it was the perfect opportunity to wear my ridiculously wide-leg pants. This was one of the first actual patterns that I used to make a garment, and considering all that they fit pretty well. The pattern is Simplicity 5610 from 1973. I actually took quite a bit out of the width to ensure I could actually walk in them without getting tangled up. I found this picture of the pattern online so you can it in all its original glory.
Day 5 was my $3 dress made from a bed sheet and McCall’s 8624 (previously seen here). The spring weather was gorgeous and I felt like wearing something to reflect that. I was seemingly overjoyed to be on my way to work that morning too, judging by my expression!
Day 6 is my sorta-sailor outfit. The skirt is the me-made item: one of my many gathered skirts. The fabric it’s made from is a slippery and quite nasty polyester, but I love the print, so I wear it fairly often.
That’s my first rundown for Self-Stitched September, I hope I don’t get too bored or constricted by my wardrobe choices, but I’ve a couple of new things in the pipeline right now, so that should throw some variety into the mix.