Thankyou so much for your thoughts yesterday ... and many of your comments resonated quite clearly with me and my own thinking on this subject; I also read a little bit more on Natalie's findings and summary of her yearlong challenge here. The bit about recognising the work of experts in their field (ie. shoemakers) and not trying to metaphorically reinvent the wheel, spoke to me. I also had been feeling, like a lot of post-modernists, that I should be doing more for myself and making as much as I could... relying less on store-bought. This is rooted in good intentions, but has limitations. I can't see myself attempting to make my own shoes or sunglasses, for example. Is this a cop-out? Well, no, because although I like to set myself challenges and rise to them, I do understand the findings of the makeshift project that some components of a project can be just so much wasted time for an amateur and that unnecessary self-imposed hardship could be viewed as just plain silly. And just to clarify: I don't view Natalie's challenge as at all silly, on the contrary; I have enormous admiration for her achievement...
On the subject of challenges, well I have already committed myself to not buy any new clothing for myself, and I feel quite comfortable with that one, and actually not particularly challenged by this rule at all. Thus my need to search for a new challenge?
I also feel that making new garments for myself, like basics such as Tshirts... when I have perfectly good ones already sitting in my drawers, is counterproductive. So perhaps I'm just not ready for this particular challenge. The notion of not allowing myself to wear certain items of clothing in my possession just because they happen to have been bought in a store, is not practical, and really doesn't prove anything to anyone.
But I will continue to make my own clothes, and as the old store-boughts get to the stage of being consigned to the rag-bag, maybe I will be ready to do this challenge for myself.
But not the shoes!!
Skirt; my own design, based upon a basic three (six?) gore pattern Butterick 3134, printed polyester chiffon
Hat; Country Road
Tongs (flipflops); Mountain Designs