At the beginning of May, I pledged to wear clothing I’ve made as many days as possible, and to evaluate gaps in my wardrobe. I’m pleased that I was able to achieve 24 days of me-made clothing! Well, technically, two of those days are sort of cheater days: one day I wore a skirt I made from a Patagonia dress I no longer cared for, and another day the only thing I wore that I’d made was my sun hat. But considering the days I had to wear my work polo or didn’t leave the house, or wore my fabulous Marimekko for Target palazzo pants, I’m pleased with how this personal challenge went. Take a look:
(Technically I wore the upcycled Patagonia skirt two days in May, and the Marimekko palazzo pants, and I also wore my Mccalls 6604 “Edna” blouse twice as well. I took all three pieces to New Orleans!)
I can’t say that I learned anything I didn’t already know – I need pants, and I am not good about making things that coordinate with anything else in my closet. I did decide I need some solid color cardigans, so I guess I’ll look around for some ideas (open to suggestions!).
Although I did keep my pledge to not buy any new clothes, I did buy some new accessories. I had been lusting after an Angela Roi purse for months, so I treated myself for my birthday (I think the prices have gone up since then!). Then I needed a new wallet, so I ordered a nice (RFID blocking) wallet from Snap In Charms, on Etsy. The Dansko Larissa sandals I ordered at the last minute for my trip to New Orleans fit perfectly out of the box, and didn’t give blisters the first-ever day I wore them in the Crescent City. In New Orleans, my love of hats got to me and I ended up with a cute straw cloche from Goorin Bros. I feel a bit like Daisy, the Downton Abbey kitchen maid, in it, but might upgrade the ribbon to make it a bit more Lady Mary. These items should all last me a really long time, so I don’t feel *too* bad about any of them!
I enjoyed the challenge so much that I’m pledging to do the same thing again in June. I still have a list of items I’ve made but haven’t worn! So I want to keep going. I have a few projects lined up that I need to finish this summer, but honestly, I think I want to start some cold weather garments now. It takes too long to get a usable, seasonable ensemble, so if I start now, maybe at least one of those cardigans will be made by next fall!