Taking the plunge, and the pledge.

After several years of hemming and hawing, I’ve finally decided to participate in Me Made May. Here’s my pledge:

“I, Sarah L. Crowder, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavor to wear at least one me made item every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday for the duration of May 2016.”


Since it’s a personal pledge, I’ve decided on only Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays because I don’t have an extensive self-made wardrobe at this time, and because those are the only days I normally leave the house.

I’ll try to post some photos online, but I may or may not get around to that — and probably won’t manage to do it every single time, even if I do manage to get some in. I’m just being realistic about that.

I’m definitely not “binge” sewing to participate, but I am going to use this time as an excuse to finish several things I’ve already cut out. (I tend to cut out a few things at once whenever my energy is good, so I can sew them together bit by bit whenever I get a chance, so this isn’t unusual.)

I do wear my self-made clothes on a regular basis, but I thought it would be fun to add the challenge of wearing them more often — and making a point to wear them. I wasn’t sure I really had enough self-made items to participate even on this limited scale, so I made up a list of garments I already had that would be office appropriate (sorry, bunny print lounge pants — you didn’t make the cut). I was surprised by how many I already had! I’d never thought about it. My self-made clothing is already fairly practical, and it works with the rest of my clothing, so I never think twice about reaching for it on any given day. There’s no DIY stigma in my closet, that’s for sure — but I thought it would be fun to put my own work in the spotlight for a change.

I’ve also wanted to participate more over on the Curvy Sewing Collective, but so rarely take the time to take pictures of what I’ve sewn that I’ve only ever posted once in their Flickr group. So this is also a nice excuse to get involved there, too.

So here’s to a productive Me Made May 2016!

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