Unravelling

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The back of a cardigan in Rowan Tweed Aran.
I’ve finally more or less finished knitting it and know I don’t like it. It’s too beginnerish (is that a word?). It was my starter project and I can see I’ve improved as I’ve gone along but not soon enough to make this a goer for me.
I love the wool and the colour so I may do something else with it.
I’m a bit disheartened today.
Norma x

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.

Clothes Challenge Continued

The clothes challenge was a self-imposed challenge to buy no new ready made clothes or fabric until the end of September. New clothes & fabric have to come from charity shops or other 2nd hand sources or be made from my stash.

I’m pleased to report that I have kept to the challenge.  New stuff includes only trims, thread & some wool so that I can learn to knit socks.

Strangely, I haven’t bought much clothing for refashioning either.  I’ve been wearing things I already have & working out new outfits from what’s already in the wardrobe.  I’ve even given some things away, so I’ve a bit more space than I had before. 

Is this a side effect of not being able to go clothes shopping? Does anyone have any experience of this phenomenon?  I’d be very interested to know your thoughts on this.

Meantime I am working on Vogue 1171 from 1950.  Details to follow.

Stitch Up

Transition Horsham are organising a Stitch Up morning.

The idea is that you can acquire some basic textile skills or get help with a project or just come along & stitch.     The emphasis is on transforming your clothes so you want to wear them again. 

The Horsham Oxfam shop is going to be hosting a “Transition” window showing how clothes can be transformed. They will also have some interesting stuff inside to help you along .

It’s happenning on Saturday 24th July from 10 til 1 at the Friend’s Meeting House on Worthing Road & there’ll be tea & coffee & probably cake.

The last one was great fun & I hope you’ll be able to come along and join us this time.

Take a look at www.Transitionhorsham.org.uk for this and more activities.

In the week leading up to Stitch Up I’ll be posting lots of photos of transformed clothes so please come back then & take a look.