And as someone who sews, blogs about sewing AND teaches sewing, I rarely go a day without wearing something I made myself. Is it partly ego — that I don't want to answer "No" when someone says "Did you make that?" I admit it: yes, I am embarrassed to say "This came from Target". It's also that I want to inspire my students ("Yes, I made this — and you can too!") by showcasing what an at-home sewer can do.
That's why I tend to make items I can wear daily: T-shirts & tanks, blouses, pants, leggings, jackets, sometimes skirts and (very occasionally) dresses. But I do have a few makes that get little love because I can't figure out how to style them. Also, there are a few items I've been meaning to overhaul in the hopes of raising them up to daily-wear status.
And so I was inspired to take part in this year's Me Made May, the 4-year-old sewing blogger challenge begun by So, Zo What Do You Know in which we pledge to wear handmade for the month of May:
I, Suzanne of Beau Baby, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade piece of clothing each day for the duration of May 2014.
In past years I haven't even blogged much in May thanks to my awful Spring allergies (who wants their photo taken when they have a sinus infection and double pinkeye? Not me! And who wants to see that photo? Not you!). But I'm optimistic that a bunch of new meds I'm on will make this May bearable, so I'll be posting daily on my Instagram feed (which you can find here). I'll also be lurking your Me Made May postings, so drop a link in the comments section below and let me know how you will be taking part in this year's Me Made May challenge. We can all stroke our sewing egos together!