... and the first day of Me-Made May '12.
And thank you all so much for that lovely feedback yesterday!
I'm actually excited today and feeling motivated about taking the photographs again. This is good, hopefully that tide of enthusiasm will carry me along for a while... :D I'm also very keen to see everybody else's outfits over on the Flickr group. Thinking about that, I decided it would be sensible if I made a further addendum to my pledge; that I try to incorporate mostly garments that have been made since the last me-made challenge, so that I am not going over old ground, so to speak. Don't want to be boring, hehe...
Today is a beeautiful sunny autumn day but with a bit of a nip in the air; so I am wearing my chiffon maxi-dress made last October, and my little black snakeskin cardi, that is a few years old now but is a good match shape-wise and style-wise for this dress. Actually, I experienced a marvellous moment this morning; marvellous, that is, from the point of view of a middle aged woman such as myself. A young twenty-something girl stopped me in the street, and said "That is a completely awesome jacket! I LOVE it!" Oh, man, call me sad, but that moment really made my day. So sweet! Which made me think; unprompted compliments, and especially when they are about something one has made oneself (not that she knew that) do give such a disproportionate lift to the complimentee, over and above the good intentions on the part of the compliment-er. And the importance of paying that forward. So, when I trotted down to the supermarket later I said something nice to an elderly lady about her hand-knitted cardigan. Her bright happy smile made my day even more bright and happy too!
Zoe upped her pledge by stipulating that someone in her circle would also be wearing something made by her every day this month, as she sews a lot for others. So, imagine my joy when Cassie emerged this morning wearing this calico jacket made by me (below). I can't promise that this sort of synergy is going to happen very often since I have absolutely zero say in what my family wears any more, but it is good fortune that someone in my family is wearing something made by me on this first day of me-made May as well. It is a sign!
Dress; Vogue 1355, polyester chiffon, lined with lightweight cotton, details here
Cardigan; plastic-coated jersey knit stamped in a snakeskin print, my own design, details here
Sandals; Joanne Mercer for Micam, Hobbs shoes
Nail varnish; self-mixed , ruby-red with gold
Cassie's jacket; my wearable muslin of Vogue 8333 sewn with all the hand-finishing details, calico, details here (which reminds me, I really should get onto my real version of this pattern...!)