The Handcrafted Wardrobe: Thinking Ahead

I’ll have a new project to share soon.  Having spent the better part of this last week feverish and swollen and snotty, posing for pictures did not rank high on my agenda.  Besides, I’ve already shared a “Thinking Ahead” project.

I knew going into this project that it was going to be a hard sell.  The majority of my readership consists of mothers.  Convincing mothers to take the time to make things for themselves?  Talk about themselves?  Think about themselves?  Post pictures of themselves?? I smile and nod at all the lovely women I know who tell me that they plan on joining in, knowing that most of them will not get around to it.  And that’s ok.  We all know how it goes!  But every week I get emails and comments from people telling me that they have been inspired by these posts.  And there always seems to be an interesting dialog going in the comments.  It’s a good thing.  I want to hear more voices and see more people get involved.  I’m very grateful to those of you who have bravely shared your projects thus far!

To answer a couple of questions and just as a reminder…..

* Anyone can join this community!  Male, female, young, old, all are welcome!  In my opinion, the more diversity, the better.  This whole project is about discovering and sharing your own unique sense of style and no two people are going to have the same thoughts or projects to share, which is the true beauty in this.

* You do not have to post a project.  You can share an idea, thoughts about fabric, inspiration, plans for the future, musings on self care and your own process of cultivating your own personal sense of style.

* You may add photos to the link up from a blog, Facebook, Flickr and I believe, Instagram.  If you’ve never done it before, the process is really quite simple.  If anyone needs help with this, please feel free to contact me.

Our next challenge is July 25th – Luxury, now you know you want to get involved with that!

I am very excited about next week!  As I mentioned at the start of all this, from time to time I plan on bringing in a guest blogger to talk about style, sewing/knitting, the process of self discovery and anything else that might come up along the way!  My first guest is very near and dear to my heart, so I am hoping you will give her a particularly warm welcome!

And you? What are you working on/dreaming about/discovering this week?






5 thoughts on “The Handcrafted Wardrobe: Thinking Ahead

  1. Emily

    Hi, Just want to let you know I am really enjoying this project and loving all of your posts and musings. I don’t blog or take pictures of myself. I have so little time to sew, and entire seasons usually go by without the time for me to make my project ideas into reality… but I mull them over in mind and s l o w l y make them happen, even it takes a year or more to create after having the idea. The sheer number of projects you’ve pumped out in these short few months is flabbergasting to me. I wish I could participate in a more concrete way, but just wanted to let you know I’m enjoying it anyway- yet, don’t feel pressure to keep going if it’s becoming more stressful than fun! I also just enjoy your random posts here and there about making clothes for yourself.
    Best to you, Emily

  2. susan

    Oh, how I miss my sewing machine! I’m away from home for a month. I was so overwhelmed by the sewing that I wanted to do when I was home, that it was a relief to leave it behind. But, with all things that I enjoy doing it didn’t take long for me to miss it.
    I love your posts about sewing and look forward to them all. I can’t wait to see what “luxury” looks like to you. To me, it’s a nice linen, or hemp blend. I’m still looking for a linen knit that I like. So far they have all been a bit itchy.

  3. Robyn

    I’m not sure what this falls into…perhaps ‘Thinking Ahead,’ (as it is over 100 degrees) but I’ve started work on my very first knitted sweater. It’s a very easy shrug-type sweater, but it’ll be the first item I’ve knitted for myself in a while.

    I do love reading these posts and I hope one day I’ll face my fear and set up my sewing machine.

  4. Trish

    I love your handmade wardrobe posts. Right now I am having some difficulty with -not- having any sort of finishitis. I have two sweaters on the needles for myself and it will be a miracle if they ever get finished. The same goes for some other projects. Cudos to you for finishing anything while raising a large family and being unwell at the same time!

  5. Melody Post author

    I’m so intrigued by the idea of a linen knit! I’ve never experiences such a thing. I’ve seen it on-line, but never in person.

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