‘I, Didyoumakethat, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-June ’11. I endeavour to wear one self-made item each day for the duration of June 2011’
Yep, I’ve finally gone and done it. I’ve taken the pledge. Not the AA one, but the challenge that So Zo has invited us to sign up to. All I need to do is wear a single item of Me Made Clothing every day in June and take photo evidence.
Ah yes, photo evidence… There are going to be a lot of happy snaps flying around the sewing blogosphere in June. How to make things interesting? Well, I work in one of the most diverse parts of one of the most diverse cities in the world, if you ask me. London is full of characters. Why not ask them to join the party?
I’ve decided that each of my Me Made June shots will show me with a random stranger who I’ve invited to be in my photo alongside my stitching. A bit like The Sartorialist, but with NONE of the glamour. By the end of June, I’ll either have been arrested as a pest or I’ll have 30 new mates!
To start the ball rolling, I thought I’d flex my confidence muscles by asking someone to be photographed with me this afternoon. Ahem, for the first time all week I wasn’t actually wearing any me-made clothes but I figured I’d better get used to walking up to total strangers and asking to be photographed together.
Say hello to my new best friend…
This gentleman was cleaning the streets (no easy job in Kings Cross!) and kindly agreed to feature. What lessons did I learn from this trial run?
- Get your outfit in the photo, Karen. And, ideally, the other half of your face.
- Walking up to total strangers is scary! Some people give off an ‘I am a nice guy and would be happy to be photographed with you’ vibe. Others give off, ‘Come near me and I will throw you to the ground’ type vibes. It’s really interesting deciding who you will or won’t approach. One thing’s for sure. I’m going to have to learn to be brave – and take rejection. I wonder how long it will take for someone to tell me to eff off?
- It’s very difficult to nutshell my mission. ‘I have a sewing blog and this other sewing blogger has this mission and it’s called Me Made June, I mean it used to be called Me Made May and then it was called Self Stitched September, but we couldn’t find an alliteration to go with June, so we just went with Me Made June and I have to…’ Jeez, I’m tired just typing it! I have to find a way to summarise our shared mission succinctly! Suggestions on a postcard, please.
So that’s it. I’m in. Follow my adventures, along with my outfits. Who knows what state I’ll be in come July. Oh, and did I mention? I’m going to be in Paris for a weekend over June. Approaching Parisians and explaining my mission in school girl French? Asking members of the most sophisticated nation on earth to feature in a sewing blog? Ooh boy, I know how to set myself a challenge.
What’s French for, ‘Can you pay my bail, please?’
Something else I spotted in Kings Cross.
Wonder if I can get snapped with a wizard!