I wasn’t going to do a roundup post on Me Made May this year because I am just so tired and, yes, jet lagged. However, as I did the vast amount of laundry that I managed to bring home with me I thought about the clothes I took on my holiday and those that I wore a lot (as against those that I didn’t really wear at all).
My pledge was to only wear clothes that I had made, and I achieved that goal. However, because I was travelling for the whole month, I had a very limited wardrobe to choose from. The weather was also quite iffy. I had been planning for it to start off cold and wet, but finish up warm enough to swim. Well, I think I felt hot for two days in the whole six weeks we were away, so I was in warm, waterproof clothes most of the time.
This image shows what I wore for the month, although there seems to be a day missing and I’ll be blowed if I can work out which one, and the photos are not in date order for some reason.
Some of these images are hard to see, but trust me, there are a lot of repeats in here! Of course, if you follow me on Instagram you will have seen them all.
My primary emotion about my clothes for this trip is boredom. I did get tired of the same t-shirts and underwear, and my socks all finished up needing major darning. I did, however, have quite a few new things which I enjoyed wearing. My raincoat and secret dressing gown/cardigan, the jumpers, both knitted and sewn, the jeans and ponte trousers, the Liberty tops and my slouchy beanie. I am not even scarred enough to never wear them again.
Laundry is always an issue when travelling and I did wash my underwear and socks every evening and often they were dry enough to wear the next morning. We travel with one of those pegless clothes lines which means that the air can circulate well around the clothes. I always want to risk taking fewer underthings, but then lose my nerve, so I probably had one underwear set too many. I did wash out the t-shirts occasionally. Two of them were merino and I swear you can wear merino for two weeks before you feel the need to launder it. I didn’t wash my jeans or ponte trousers at all and they were just fine. I was reading fabrickated’s post on how often we wash clothes and it did crystallise for me the over-use of washing clothes with all the attendant environmental issues. My travels always further highlight this for me, even though we sometimes get apartments with washing machines, I tend to not go overboard with washing things unnecessarily.
So unworn was the Closet Case Patterns Sophie swimsuit, a pair of silk trousers, and a red cropped t-shirt. I wore my Lisbon cardigan twice, and a rather worn out ivory coloured t-shirt twice. I only wore the Ralph Pink Coco trousers once, and my red Reikers shoes once. So I could have saved a bit of space in my suitcase. However, had the weather been warmer, I could have been stuck in inappropriate clothes. It’s a conundrum!
I did enjoy following along with everyone, even with limited wireless access. I think that Me-Made-May is a useful construct, in that it gives the wearer an opportunity to focus on different combinations of clothing, and to look back on what is worn, and probably more importantly, what is not worn.
Just a footnote: I also made nearly all Mark’s clothes including his socks and underwear. The only things of his I didn’t make were his two jackets and his caps. Whilst we were travelling I knitted him a scarf, began a scarf for me, knitted myself a glove (just one!) a headwarmer, and a whole jumper.
We are home now and it’s lovely to have a very large wardrobe at my disposal, but it has made me think about how many clothes I really do need.