Thursday, April 25, 2013

Jumping on the Me-Made-May'13 Bandwagon & Note

Bean @ the park 2013: Stop and smell the flowers
First off, I would like to thank all of you, my sewing blog friends and readers, for your kind positive wishes, thoughts and prayers on my dad's recent illness. I am deeply touched and truly humbled. I am back in Seattle over the weekend and my dad (or Ayah, as we children call him) is back home after probably a lil over 2 weeks of hospitalization. He had an angiogram test that found 3 blockages in his heart and a bypass operation is in the cards for him in not so distance future, pending tests and complete resolution of his lung infection, etc. He is truly a fighter, and it was a great thing seeing him recovering, and then chatting with his constant stream of visitors from the many different stages of his life, although the family do try to limit those as the doctors want him to rest. It's been quite a roller coaster ride emotionally for us, esp so on my mom I imagine, and while we are rejoicing on his external recovery, we are sad that he is still not fully out of danger. But, as Ayah is prone to say to this crybaby daughter of his, "relax, Ja (Ja being the family nickname for me)", and so life must go on, albeit with some major changes to his lifestyle... :)

There are still a few days left to April. Surprisingly or not so surprisingly, I have not yet regain my sewing mojo and blaming it on jetlag (and a lil bit on emotional fatigue)... I have tonnes of things I plan to work on, but zero the energy... While back in Malaysia's capital, I did receive some Unsolicited Compliments from my mom, aunts and cousin-in-law on my me-made clothes (LOL, UCs from loved ones do count, don't they? I didn't even have to say the I-made-this-what-do-you-think spiel)... It sure is nice that they like what I made for me, quite an encouragement really. In fact my dad from his hospital bed while still with his breathing tubes in insisted that my mom take me to the fabric stores (no no, we ended up not going, but don't tell him that!).

Thankfully, after catching up on my sewing blog reading list, I am reminded of the much looked forward to Me-Made-May'13 Challenge of the ever glowing Zoe! This is definitely going to be the kick in the back I badly needed :)

So here's my original pledge:

I, Far of Memoryseed blog (, sign up as participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavor to wear (and document that fact) at least one self made/refashioned garment everyday in May. Repeats are a possibility. It is also a time that I am going to truly 'investigate' my relationship with my Me-Made items. Time to take stock, and cull when necessary.

 ***from this point onwards, I might use self-made and me-made interchangeably, and those I usually refer to both clothing sewn from the scratch and refashioned items***

Being a slow sewer/sewist/bla bla meant that I don't have that many me-made clothing yet to be able to wear something without repetition for the duration. But not only that, I found that I often reach for the same ones over and over while overlooking the others. Some may be because they are orphan pieces, some because they do not suit my lifestyle and some because they don't fit well/look good on me. 

Things I plan to do during the challenge:
1) self-imposed photo documentation of wearing my me-mades (with a weekly post, and maybe also a weekly post on the flickr group)
2) me-made wardrobe assessment
3) me-made wardrobe reorganization
4) sew something to commemorate Mother's Day
5) sew something to wear for my May birthday ;)
5) refashion something for Refashion Co-op and Recycled Fashion Finds ;)

Those are quite a list I made up as I type! LOL. 

Last year I managed 3 weeks of MMM'12 before we upped and moved from Iowa to Seattle :) Hopefully this year I will do much better to address the challenges I set up for myself.

If you are interested to know more about the Me-Made-May'13 or even to sign up and join me and the rest of the participants, do click on the logo above my pledge. :)

Warmest regards,


  1. Glad to hear things are moving in a positive direction.

  2. Hello Far, I am glad your father is out of immediate danger, but still much ahead of you, so it is not surprising you don't much feel like sewing. Don't put too much pressure on yourself if your plans are slower to eventuate than you would like.

  3. I'm so glad your father is doing well now. Take care :)

  4. I am glad to read that your father is recovering and out of immediate danger as well. You and your family are in my thoughts. I'm sending warm vibes and good energy your way.

  5. Thank You So Much Ladies!!! :)

  6. Glad to know he is better. Looking forward to seeing your pics for this challenge!


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