In My Wardrobe

Me-Made-May’13 is almost here and I have made a pledge to wear at least two of my “me-mades” or refashioned items everyday. It will be the 4th time I’ve joined in one of these challenges organised by Zoe. In preparation, I’ve been looking at what I’ve actually got…

Me Made WardrobeThese are my refashions and made by me clothes.  A few things are in the laundry pile.  There is also a couple of rescued jumpers I dyed, a drawer full of me-made knickers, some scarves, a few bags and a couple of longsleeved teeshirts.

Oh, and of course these…

me made shoesMy much loved shoes made on a course at Green Shoes last year.

not me madeAnd this is the heap of clothes I took out of the wardrobe to show off the me-mades. This time there might be more me-mades than bought things. Well, maybe.

It’s been my aim for years to try out making every type of garment.  My bra making didn’t work and my knitting is appalling – likely to grow as soon as washed.

Fairisle jumperI knitted this much loved fairisle jumper, but it grew big enough to fit a large man: and I couldn’t find one who wanted to wear a turquoise and mustard jumper.

So when I tried knitting socks, it only ended well because my lovely friend eventually took them away and did them for me.  I do mend them though.

Darned socksAnd jeans: I don’t make them but I wear them.  I know lots of you wouldn’t wear them and I can see why, but I do for part of almost every day.  I walk the dog, dig the allotment, muck out and ride in them.  I do try to add a homemade or refashioned top to go with them.

I used to buy new jeans but the manager of one of the local charity shops told me that most jeans end up going for rags because unless more or less perfect, they were very hard to sell. Since then I’ve been hunting out second hand and shortening them where necessary. I don’t need perfection.

So that’s my me-made wardrobe.  I won’t be doing outfit posts unless I’ve something new to show, but I’ll put a link to Flickr where you will be able to see my clothes and those of lots of others who’ll be joining in the challenge.

And here’s my pledge  “I, Norma, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May’13. I endeavour to wear at least 2 me-made or refashioned items each day for the duration of May 2013.”

PS. Thank you for your lovely comments on my refashioned blouse. I really appreciate them.

Author: norma

Hello, I'm Norma and I live in Wales. I love animals, baking, growing veggies but my big loves are sewing and history.

16 thoughts on “In My Wardrobe”

    1. The wardrobe’s a bit more comprehensive than last year – at least I have a couple of coats if the weather gets bad. I had to wear lots of layers last year because I had hardly any warm me-mades.
      I would make more shoes but I’d need to to be at the workshop. Takes specialist equipment to finish them.

  1. What a trooper you are to take on this commitment. Good luck with it and I wish I had my own pair of handmade shoes… they are soooo cool!

  2. I envy you your shoemaking course. Those shoes look too cool. As far as I’ve gotten is refashioning my old ones. I do hope you still keep posting your ensembles, since we haven’t seen all your hand made pieces. And I love seeing how people re-wear things and mix them up. I don’t necessarily want to see only new things all the time. Way to go for May!

  3. You made SHOES? That’s even more astonishing than making a bra!
    It will be an interesting challenge, you do have a great selection to choose from, especially as your knickers will count as one of your items. Will you be making more things to wear through May as well?
    It’s interesting to hear that jeans don’t sell well in charity shops, there does always seem to be racks full of them in my local chazzas. As you know I’m not a fan of them on me, but I sometimes wonder, if I had the patience to try, whether there would be a pair which looked OK on me amongst them all! xxx

  4. The color combo of the shoes is great. I also love that flash of what looks like a sapphire blue silk dress a little bit in from the right side of your wardrobe photo. I’d love to see a photo of you in that.

    1. It’s a silk taffeta evening skirt – worn once. Wouldn’t it be nice if I could wear that for Me-Made-May? I can’t imagine how though – unless I wear it to the supermarket?

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