So here we are!
The end of 2 challenges. Zoe's Me Made June 2011 and Stephanie's June 4x1 challenge.
I am so happy I did these challenges, although strictly speaking I did not completely follow the rules to the letter. For MMJ, I had a week when I did not wear me made outfits, which I explained in this post, and my picture taking kind off became jerky towards the end. For the June 4x1, I was supposed to make 4 summer dresses in 1 month. I only made 3.
I could take the easy way out and say I was sick for 1 week so I could not sew in that time (and yes I did not sew), but I know I was just plain lazy, and I could have made 4 dresses within 3 weeks. In my defence( I am always blameless), I did not anticipate the surgery when I signed up for these challenges, and how it would affect my pledges. So there. I failed my challenges, but technically speaking ( pay attention, this is a masterclass in being a politician), I succeeded.
|Hibiscus dress from day 1|
Now this is a new dress. This is my third entry for the June 4x1 challenge. I used an Italian cotton fabric I bought from goldhawk road. It was from the remnant bin. I bought about 6 different fabrics for £15 so I would say this was about £1.50/metre as I had 2 metres of this one.
I used the same Lisette pattern I used for the 1am dress. I really love this pattern. The bodice fits me really well too. I used bias binding on the neckline and armholes, then used a lace trimming I bought when Melizza and I went to Rolls and Rems.
My MMJ item today is my necklace. Hope you can see clearly in this picture.
Like I said before, I'm really happy I participated in these challenges. They've made me realise that I really can have a self made wardrobe and that it is not as difficult as I thought it would be. I have been so proud of myself this month, skipping around in things I made myself, and getting praises for it.
I think I got high (on more than one occasion ) on the reaction I got from people when they found out I made my own clothes. hihihihihi. I think its a good thing I am no one famous. If I was one of those famous peeps, I know I would have been one of those really annoying ones prancing about with my nose in the air like Jerusalem women of old ( and no I have never been to Jerusalem).
I have also been really happy with the creative freedom making your own clothes gives you. I can decide what colour of dress I want, or what trimmings I want to use, and there's nothing the high street can do about that. So liberating.
I still have 2 challenges in the pipeline. My self imposed holiday wardrobe challenge, where I make ALL the things I will be taking with me to Marjoca at the end of July......
....and the Summer Essentials Sew-Along, where I have to make 5 things or more that I would rather not live without this summer from June to August.
The good thing about doing the MMJ and June 4x1 challenges is that I have already made a couple of summer things which I will use as my entries for these remaining challenges. I could say I am already 60% done with these two challenges. For the SESA, I still need to add a pair of shorts and a tankini. Same goes for my holiday wardrobe challlenge.
What about you? Have you got any personal challenges coming up, or other community wide challenges?