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Me-Made-May 2016



Happy Me-Made-May, I hope you’re enjoying a bank holiday weekend where you are. Just a quick post to say that I’ll be participating in Me-Made-May for the third time this year.

I was giving my pledge some thought earlier today; I had already pledged to wear something me-made everyday during May, but having achieved that for the last two years I wanted to do more. My revised pledge is below (and, having revised my blog post from last year, is almost the same as last year’s pledge, which I had totally forgotten!):

During 2015 I basically stopped buying RTW, partly as a result of becoming more aware of conditions for workers in the majority of the fashion industry, and partly due to preferring to spend money on patterns and fabric. However, my RTW clothes have always lasted years – due to me taking good care of them, and not changing size very much. Those clothes still play a key role in my day-to-day wardrobe, and I have no intention of replacing them with me-made clothes until they are no longer presentable. When I do buy clothes now I buy second-hand, or from ethical brands, and those pieces are also part of my daily wardrobe and always will be.

As such, I’ve come up with a pledge that reflects my wardrobe, allows me to explore my handmade clothing alongside favourite pieces made by others, and should make me think about how long my clothing is lasting and what mixture of handmade and purchased it contains.

 ‘I, Charlotte of English Girl at Home, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear a me-made garment each day for the duration of May 2016. Alongside my me-made garments, I will endeavor to only wear garments which were purchased second-hand, from ethical fashion brands, or which have been in my wardrobe for a minimum of five years (approximate).’


Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

4 thoughts on “Me-Made-May 2016

  1. Interesting pledge charlotte, I look forward to seeing the fab outfit combos you create!

  2. A great pledge Charlotte. I look forward to following your progress this month via your blog. Great weather in your photo too – lucky! I love your Marilla Walker pinafore with your stripy top.

  3. Great pledge, I am the same I really look after my clothes and as such I many items of clothes that are ten plus years old . I even have a few that are twenty years old!!!

  4. I love your pledge! It makes so much sense to include rather than try to ignore the secondhand and ethically sourced elements of your wardrobe. I’m doing something similar by including borrowed maternity jeans and trousers this year, as it seems mental to try to make or refashion some when there are some perfectly good ones that fit well sitting right there! I hope you have a great challenge xxxxx

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