… even though there really wasn’t much sewing this last week. There was a lot of reading and exercising, but not much sewing. I did learn something though!
I participated in the “Makers for Fashion Revolution” daily themes organized by @inthefolds on Instagram. The daily themes made me think seriously about Fashion Revolution Week (April 23 – 29th). Some of the daily themes were easy to interpret and display on my Instagram @nicedressthanksimadeit, for example: “I made my clothes”. Other daily themes took a lot of thought, for example: “Natural Fibres”. As soon as I saw that one, I realized that, although I know the names of many fabrics, I do not know how most are made or which ones are really “sustainable”!
The 1 Million Women’s article provided me with a list of over 40 sustainable fibres, including these I am familiar with, like Tencel, Wool, Bamboo, Cork, Hemp, Jute, Linen, Organic Cotton, Silk … the list is full of choices!
The Guardian’s article detailed the wonders of future fabrics made from banana stems, pineapple leaves and coconut husks!
Although I don’t think I am going to be making a Sewaholic Granville out of coconut husks in the near future, I have learned that “plastic microfibres” leave our clothes when they are washed and can contaminate our oceans and the life in them. After reading all the articles I could find on the subject, I do think I am going to read my fabric content labels more closely and hunt out some sustainable fibres to add to my fabric stash! I also found in my readings various products you can use in the washing machine to help collect those plastic microfibres, thereby preventing them from polluting our oceans.
As I said, I didn’t do much sewing this weekend. I did jog/walk a 10K Sunday morning and was pleasantly surprised by my performance, by no means a fast time, but definitely a comfortable pace and very rewarding!
Surprise, surprise, when I changed the calendar I remembered it is May, it is actually #MMMay2018 (Me-Made-May ’18)! A month where all sewists endeavour to wear a me-made item every day. The best part about Me-Made-May ’18 is that everyone can pledge something that suits them. (If you would like to find out more about this Challenge, you can read about it here.)
I thought carefully about my Me-Made-May ’18 pledge. Taking photos of my me-made garment every day is almost impossible, but I will wear a different me-made item every day. My pledge for Me-Made-May ’18 is:
I, Linda of “Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!” and @nicedressthanksimadeit, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’18. I endeavour to wear a different me-made item every day. More importantly, it is time to go through my closet, try everything on (one a day), decide what to keep and what to give to charity, find out where the holes in my wardrobe are, and list what I need to sew in the future!
Another Challenge that caught my attention this month is the #magamsewalong on Instagram, organized by @sarahlizsewstyle. This month’s theme is “May Flower” and as I love floral fabric – you can see a couple here and here – I’m interested in this one too! I’m thinking of a shirt dress in this fabric, a 100% rayon twill print from my stash (not a “sustainable” fabric!). I have to run over there and sign up for this one yet though!
Have you signed up for Me-Made-May ’18? What have you pledged? Have you signed up for a different Challenge?
STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT? None yet! (still 136.5 metres remaining!)