Saturday, February 12, 2011

Me-Made-March 2011

"I, Marina v.K. of Frabjous Couture,  am very excited to sign up as a participant of Me-Made-March '11. I endeavour to wear at least one self-made or refashioned item each day for the duration of March 2011! In addition, I endeavour not to buy any ready-to-wear clothes for the duration of March 2011 and after. Le consumérisme est mort! Vive la viabilité!"

I have to explain: Zoe of "So, Zo... What do you know?" started this challenge. The idea is mainly "to encourage those of us who make and/or refashion clothes to actually wear them in their everyday lives"

I decided to take this opportunity to achieve few more goals. I regularly go shopping hunting for the perfect shirt, or skirt, or pants, wasting hours and not finding the one I want. Occasionally I do find what I want and spend $$ for it. I do like J. Crew, for example, and Anthropology, for that matter. But when I took a closer look at clothes I bought at Anthropology they were not all that great quality - yes, nice designs, but the construction is not that great. Besides, finding something that fits and flatters you is really a pain. 

Or look at J. Crew. They had great pencil skirts in silk twill or brocade starting at $300.  I tried one on: it didn't fit - the waist was too wide and there were few other fitting issues. Went to Mood Fabrics and got silk twill at one tenth of the cost, used my tried and tested pencil skirt toile - et voila, the skirt is done. 

But it is not only about the cost - I also don't like the idea of wearing something that has been produced in hundreds, or thousands. What about my own style, my mood, my personality. I'd rather go and select the fabric I know is going to fit the rest of my wardrobe and my favourite shoes. 

Finally, I am a 'green' person in many areas, household, work. But in fashion, I used to buy things at stores and donate them after wearing them only few times. I just wasn't that attached to those garments. There are garments in my closet I worn only once or twice because I've never really changed that collar, or hemmed those pants. Such a waste, really. So, I do hope to change these habits by participating in the Me-Made-March '11.

Now, with a full-time job and three kids, it will be very very very challenging, but I will try to do my best.  My goal: to minimize consumerism by living a sustainable life! 


  1. Cool! Nice to read your motivations behind your decision to participate. Very pleased to read that your motivation is based on a desire to fill your wardrobe with things you have a deeper connection with. I think it's interesting that so many people, usually creative ones but not all, have started to come to this conclusion also. I really look forward to seeing your creations and outfits next month.

    All the best
    Zoe x

  2. Thank you, Zoe! I hope I can live up to this challenge, really :-)

  3. Hi Marina, thanks for following me - I just added you back!

    I fully agree about the difficulty of finding something store bought that suits me. I've always been extremely particular about my clothes, and sewing/refashioning is my favorite solution for this. What's more, is that I think I have a pretty standard body, so I can't imagine the hassle that some other people go through. I've actually been planning to write about this more in depth, once I find the time. Speaking of which, I'm so impressed that you are taking on this commitment with a full-time job and three kids!



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