It’s become a “thing” on the ‘gram and it is tempting. Very tempting except for one small
fact. I’m not fond of sewing for myself and that’s what these hashtags are all about.
#memakenine was started a mere 5 years ago and has gained a significant following. In fact sewing hashtags have gained a huge community.
I started paying attention when an aquaintance of mine, who teaches sewing at the local quilt shop, starting posting #memademay. So for the month of May she wore something everyday that she had made. That’s a significant commitment to sewing your own wardrobe and so I started exploring around. Turns out it’s a thing.
Now I do sew and quilt but rarely do I make anything for myself. I did make the #alderdress but that’s the first thing I’ve seen for myself in about 3+ decades and the ironic thing is I’ve yet to find an occasion to wear it. Perhaps I didn’t pick the right item to sew.
Turns out a LOT of these bloggers and “instragramers” ( like that is most likely not a real word!) sew a LOT. I was blown away when I read about one blogger who created 56 wardrobe pieces in ONE year. Holy snap; I don’t even have that many pieces in my entire wardrobe! Others take a more laid back approach and some of their nine are even makeovers or entirely sewn without any waste at all from the material.
I’m quite certain I will make 9 items this year. The first baby quilt top is done and ready to be quilted, material is purchased for a special little soon to be three year olds birthday dress (yikes it’s lace and jersey) and the list goes on. What I couldn’t do is plan ahead to do 9 specific items. Now I do need a new black skirt but seems I rarely wear skirts is it even worth it. When your work life is made up of ill fitting but comfy scrubs and casual life revolves around jeans and a t-shirt a little black skirt seems almost frivolous.
So for now I will just sit on the sidelines of this #memakenine and watch via social media. I do follow one sewing blogger but seems she just had tiny little twin girls her sewing is very limited right now. I am also certain I will turn to this blog to highlight what I do create. Not with tutorials or how to’s like so many others. I won’t rate patterns nor recieve any compensation but I will sew and blog for the sheer joy of creativity. Well that is until it comes to the lace! The model below is showing my test dress from random material. It’s always good to get some things right like the size before you tackle the hard stuff.