So I did give it a bit of thought (but not much) before I decided to leap back in and sign up again for Zoe's new challenge, Self Stitched September 2011!
I know at the end of Me-Made June 11 I was feeling burnt out with taking my own photos like everybody else who participated, but then again if there was no difficulty involved then it wouldn't be a challenge right? I like challenges, and I like doing this one.
In the days leading up to the last one (or during, I can't remember now) I read someone's blog post that was a scathing criticism of the challenge, and also of the blogs who joined in, which did make me question myself and my own reasons for participating. Do I lose my status as a "sewing blog" (inverted commas are intentionally ironic, there) if I joined in a personal self-styling process? Does taking photos of the clothes I have spent time and effort in making with my own two hands, constitute a shallow or egotistical attitude? I have decided that it does not. I'm proud that I make my own clothes, and I enjoy styling and mixing up my own creations in new and interesting ways. Sure, some of my self-stylings work better than others, and I would be lying if I said that I didn't occasionally look at some of my own outfit photos and cringe, but the truth is the bad outfits and photos have been very helpful to me. Like everybody, I have got my favourite garments, which I sometimes hang on to for far longer than I should... well the camera doesn't lie, and has been the impetus for the tossing of several of my less wonderful garments.
So yah... long and short of it; I'm going there again!
'I, Carolyn of Handmade by Carolyn, sign up as a participant of Self-Stitched-Sept '11. I endeavour to wear all handmade, barring undies and tights each day for the duration of September 2011. That is, I will be wearing undies and tights of course, but not of the handmade variety!!'
so, I'm allowing myself RTW undies and tights... neither of which are well represented in my me-made wardrobe. I have huge admiration for people who make their own underwear but it is not something I have had time to have a go at, nor much interest in yet. Too many other garments that I can wear for public display are on my sewing agenda for now!
Jeans; Burda 7863 slightly modified, rusty corduroy, details here
Olive top; Cue (I've had this top literally for decades...)
Scarf; knitted by me, originally a wool kit from Calico and Ivy, details here
Shoes; Francesco Morichetti, from Zomp shoes
(below; random photos I took on our walk today...)