For this shirt, I chose a tan linen fabric. I felt like the natural color and rough texture of the fabric was appropriate for the style of this shirt. I took my time working on some of the details like getting the pockets to match as perfectly as possible, finishing seams, and carefully putting in even top stitching on the collar, pockets, and cuffs. I made a few changes to the original pattern. My version of the shirt has a placket on both front pieces of the shirt which made it necessary for me to draft a larger collar. This turned out to be fortuitous because it added an extra 3 cm or so that made the fit a little more appropriate. I am really happy with the outcome. The fit is excellent and the design is classic.
I, Mrs Rat, of Mr and Mrs Rat, do pledge to wear me-made garments and jewelry through the month of May. I pledge to minimize outfit repeats, wear as many me-made items as possible, and to be more adventuresome while creating outfit combinations. I will document this here on the blog and I will also attempt to document it on Instagram if time allows me to (you can find the link to my profile by clicking here) with the intention of discovering which sewing projects will be useful to plan for the rest of the year, how to make my wardrobe more cohesive and practical, and how to be more confident wearing my me-mades.
Are you planning on participating in Me-Made May this year? I like to photograph my outfits as part of the challenge, but Zoe, of So Zo What Do You Know, who runs the Me-Made-May challenge has made it clear that you do not need to take photographs or have a blog or social media account to participate. My first time participating in Me-Made May was last year (you can find the link to my posts on the right hand of the blog) and I thought that it was an interesting and challenging experience, and it did help me plan out my sewing projects for a while afterwards. You can find the sign-ups for this year's Me-Made May by clicking here. With fashion revolution week right before Me-Made May starts and right after Earth Day (Sunday, April 22) ends, I think it is a good time of year to ponder our relationship to our clothes and to consumption and production (since we are not just shoppers, but sewers and makers also). It is also a good time to plan for the rest of the year ahead, as we creep towards the halfway mark of June.
(the photo above is one I took of myself during last year's Me-Made May wearing a homemade blouse from a 1980s pattern, a homemade skirt from my favorite 1970s Simplicity 7880, and a homemade sodalite necklace)
Here is my way of using up fabric scraps: save up money, adopt two beautiful rats in a big cage, clean said cage with repeated scrubbing, cut leftover fabric scraps in pieces and use to decorate cage for rats, let rats enjoy. Enjoy rats. Repeat cleaning, cutting, decorating (also watching the rats redecorate), and enjoying.
Marigold and Daisy seem to like it, anyway. And I really like having pet rats again.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew