I have done a quick check of my closet...and found that my "me made" clothing comprises 82% of what is visible on one side of the closet. The shelves and cubbies include gardening, riding and "go to the dump" clothing-those are usually discards from my regular wardrobe, and probably most of those are me made. Participating in Me Made May 2012 this year reinforced my goal of edging ever closer to a wardrobe with 90% or more of hand made items.
I learned some interesting things while playing along with others during this challenge. First off, I have enough clothes to last for many seasons to come. But, I still want to sew new things, and send on my not so wonderful garments. This is a huge realization for me and has freed me to follow my creativity and inspiration. Knowing that what I sew from now on is fulfilling an inner need for me, and not a necessary part of my wardrobe is a wonderful feeling.
Once that insight clicked for me, I started to look at what I responded to in other participants. I love loose trousers and fitted tops, slim pants and tunics, and for a business casual look--->slacks, tee and a cardi. I "favorited" many mono-chromatic looks, and realized I was remembering my teacher wardrobe. I love that look for a serious ensemble. My everyday choices tend to be much more playful and colorful.
I thought I had a lot of neutrals in my wardrobe, and I do! But my spring and summer wear is floral, graphic, bright and feminine. I like contrast when my skin is a bit sun kissed. I would say that taupe or white is my warm weather neutral.
Lastly, I am active in hobbies, interests and sports which are filthy. So, I tend to change clothes throughout the day, and I found that I "dress down" when tired after working with the animals. I need to slip on an easy dress, or cute top after showering. I pulled some items, like the green floral dress, forward in my closet and they are now in weekly rotation. I also paired the voluminous teal pants with a Goodwill top and now have a nice lounging outfit for home.
MMM'12 was a wonderful experience and I am really happy I did it. I was not interested in photographing myself every day, but I did take note of what I chose to wear each day. That mindset helped me conclude that I am truly sewing and wearing clothing that is my own personal style.
Isn't that what we all want?