I feel like I've been absent for ages. Thanks so much for lovely comments on our VW Camper Van trip - we had a blast! The Isle of Wight was great, the weather was amazing - I may have bought some fabric - I know, hopeless case!
|My granny stripe blanket looked perfect in the van - we didn't need it but our friends J&P|
were very glad of it in the tent!
|There was crafting - this is J's knitting bag, I took some crochet. One of the big|
advantages of a camper van is being able to craft very comfortably on the go!
Life has been totally manic since we got back and I am having terrible problems with my sewing machine - I think she's on her last legs. I've sworn, cajoled, cleaned and Googled. I even sought professional advice, it's not looking good. I'd planned on taking part in Karen's Pyjama Party - it isn't going to happen. I have a pattern, stash fabric for 2 pairs (one for me & one for my daughter), a proper plan :(
When do you stop throwing money at trying to fix something and buy new? And if I buy new what shall I get? The options are mind-boggling. She was a non-Valentine's Day pressie from P years ago - I'm gutted :(
So, on a more positive note, I planned to catch up on what I learnt from Me Made May ... this was my pledge
I, Jacq of 'A Good Talking To' blog, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear 4 me-made or re-fashioned items each week for the duration of May 2013
- Seeing the things other participants have made and worn is so inspiring - I'm really glad I was part of this, even in a small way
- If I average out my me-made items I totally hit the target - I might have cheated a bit and worn 5 one week to make up for the pathetic 3 the week before but it's the total that counts - right?
- I thought I'd have sufficient garments for the weather in May - I didn't! I realise this is because the weather was unseasonably rubbish (hail stones and sleet - seriously?) but it does show that most of my makes are of the 'fair weather' variety. This makes no sense given our climate in the UK - none whatsoever
- I had several things I didn't wear - that's because I've actually made some progress with my sewing. This is staggering to me, I haven't made that much but I look back a year and think 'I could do that better now'. I could be demoralised about this - I'm not, it's spurred me on. Get me with my 'positive' head on!
- I need a plan, my wardrobe needs to work in a more co-ordinated way. I'm thinking that in future I'm going to ensure I can style everything at least 2 ways to get maximum use out of all of my efforts
- Dresses are an outfit in their own right - if only I could master the FBA I'd have instant outfits. Of course, that would be why conquering my bust is my Sewlution - I should get on with that, I have dillied and dallied, shillied and shallied.
- Apparently I have a 'style' - I am officially gobsmacked (look in the dictionary for a definition of 'gobsmacked' - I'm pretty sure there's a photo of me!). My colleagues knew when I was wearing a me-made garment and not because it was obviously homemade. I am bemused but pleased!
- Refashioning - I need to get my head around this. This links to (4), I have things I could wear if I tweaked them a bit. And I have a pile of stuff that could be made into something else. I can't abide waste so this makes sense.
- I'm swamped by my 'stuff' - that's why I've joined the Style the Stash Sew A Long. If I can link this to point (5) then I could tackle several challenges at once. I've nearly finished my June item - it awaits buttonholes - I know my machine will chew my fabric so I can't finish it
- I have lots of beautiful patterns (some could say too many if they were being harsh!). I need to stop making the same things over and over and tackle something new. I'm stuck, time to move on
- If I love something I wear it over and over. And I feel good in it. I should make stuff I love.
- This is hard to admit but I need to take photos of myself in my outfits. Oh boy, was that informative. Totally out of my comfort zone but really helpful and best at the end of the day so that I can see how it holds up to real life. If I still love something when it's rumpled and I'm looking knackered then it's a winner!
- Orange works for me!
Of course, I need to make a decision about my sewing machine before I can do anything else - any advice would be very welcome ...