This September I’m joining Zoe at ‘So, Zo…’ in a challenge to wear something handmade every day for thirty days. This post marks the eighth update of my progress and the completion of the challenge.
September 28, 2011
Where: Exploring downtown at night. My husband and I used the Wednesday weekly theme to take a wonderful stroll after dinner. This dress is a repeat (see September 17th), but as it’s only the second time I’ve ever worn it, I was very happy to put in on again.
September 29, 2011
What: A self-silk-screened shirt: the design is a long story in yellow on a maroon T shirt
Where: To work. And then to a public talk on compassion and the science behind kindness. Have you reached out a helping hand today? Or, better yet, a scary flaming hand?
September 30, 2011
Where: To a much deserved evening out after a long week at work. I’d hoped to wear a newly-completed circle skirt today to celebrate the end of SSS’11, but when I realized that I had neither the time nor the supplies to finish the hem, I was very happy to pull out this coat for a second time this month (see September 2nd). (By the way, six yards of hem on a skirt is just crazy!)
The End Reflections:
We made it to the end of Self-Stitched September ’11! Looking back at the month, I wore all of my handmade garments twice with the exception of the Giant Flower Sun Hat, which only made it in once. I also wore as many self-screened T shirts as I thought reasonable to stay true to the challenge – a total of nine. I had stand-ins twice, which is okay with me since both wore garments of which I’m very proud. I was even able to finish two garments during the month, a pleated skirt and a maxi dress, to add to the rotation.
I also enjoyed playing along with the Flickr group; the support from the other participants was very encouraging. Plus, loading all of my daily photos to my Flickr page gave me a very visual update of my progress. I watched the photos on my own SSS’11 set grow from a few to thirty. Here’s a triumphant screen shot of the final set. It’s a fun little summary of my self-stitched and handmade month.
I would definitely do this again. Maybe an every September sort of thing, though it sounds like Zoe is only planning to host one of these in May of next year. While I have little desire for an overstuffed closet full of clothes, I am excited to think of what another year will bring.
For those of you who also participated in SSS’11, what are your reflections on the success of the past month?