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Sunday 29 April 2012


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The day I got my own sewing machine, wearing the first dress I ever made

Hello possums!

It's that wonderful time of the year again where strangers are nice to each other and families gather together and share a meal. No it's not Christmas, it's the month of May.
Why is May so special you ask?
Because it's my birthday month. BAM!

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baby Julia totally working the camera 

Now intellectually I understand that there must be other people out there in the world that have their birthday in May also. It is not just my birthday month (what-evs). In fact my brother Daniel was even clever enough to be born in May. Good for you Daniel.
I have also come to terms with the realisation that my birthday is not a public holiday. Yet.
But I still like to get a bit fancy in that blessed month and why the heck not. And who doesn't like cake for crying out loud.

One of the things I'm doing for my birthday month is participating in the Me-Made-May by Zoe over at the sewing blog 'So Zo, What do you know'.

The challenge is to wear clothes that you have made for the entire month of May. You can choose how many items you wear and how many days of each week you'll wear them.

I originally thought I would try and wear something every day of the month. I sure have made a lot of clothes so it couldn't be too hard right?


When I looked in my closet I was reminded that 90% of the garments that I sew are a bit 'fancy-pantsy' and not exactly going to work well in the work place.

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Hmmm ...
So I've re-assessed and I've decided to commit to wearing my garments four times each week for the month of the May.

Here's my pledgy-wedgy:

'I, Julia of JuliaBobbin sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '12. I endeavour to wear a me-made garment four days each week for the duration of May 2012'*
*probably ...

Challenge accepted.

So who else is in?



  1. Happy Birthday for next month Julia!
    Also good luck with the Me-Made-May challenge.

  2. Ohhh, I'm rather tempted, I have been thinking it is time for me to sew a few more dresses for myself... The last two dresses I made myself are my current favourites :) There might be a little repetition on my part though... Off to check it out now!

  3. It's also my birthday in may! On which day where you born?

  4. I'm a May girl too. Have fun with the challenge!

  5. Dang, I have not made enough clothing for this, but I'm starting to! Happy birthday! I'm a May baby, too! Mine sort of competes with a national holiday. It's actually on Memorial day this year. But hey, 3 day weekend!

  6. Happy birthday month! I also tend to think of the month of May as my month, but I'm at the tail-end of it and often have to compete with Memorial day in the US. But I just pretend that all those backyard BBQs and fireworks are at least partially for me!

  7. Good luck! You must find and excuse to wear that beautiful black lacy dress at the bottom- it is so pretty! Lx

  8. I'm in and I am also a May baby so I find it extra fun!

  9. I'm in, and excited for it too! I agree you can at least wear a fancy dress (or two) for your birthday, very fun.

  10. Happy Birthday Month AND MMM'12. Much cause for celebration. It's my first challenge since starting this crazy sewing thing and I'm excited to see how everyone does. Have a wonderful, colorful May!!

  11. I'm getting excited for Me-Made May. I'll see you there! And, happy early birthday!

  12. Oh birthday months, they really are fabulous! I'm with you on the me made clothes, a lot of mine are fun party dresses despite my many clothes! I'm looking forward to seeing your me made May posts though!

  13. Happy happy birthday month! I'm in for MMM too. It's the first time I've participated, so I'm looking forward to it! Can't wait to see your outfits throughout the month!

  14. Happy birthday mounth !
    I have the bad taste to have been born in July and not May, but that's why I never went to class during that day (summer holiday in France)! Grown-up, It was such a bad experience the first time I had to go to work ! What ??? My boss won't understand I just can not wok today ???

  15. Good luck with the challenge! You've got some great outfits to choose from, so I'm sure you'll find it easy! Happy birthday month!! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk/

  16. Perhaps instead of wearing your fancy pantz dresses to work you could dress for dinner each night, each night wearing a different dress. That way you get an excuse to get dressed up & feel all fancy & special AND you'd be participating in Me-Made-May. :D

  17. Happy birthday! I totally think you should rock your fancy dresses to work... it'd be a treat to see the reactions! :D

  18. I'm a May baby too (May 28th, to be exact!). I'm participating in MMM'12 but a bit nervous about it--I currently only have 2, maybe 3, completed items and four UFOs. The UFOs are a bit fancy pant, so I doubt I'll wear them. Most likely I'll be making stuff as I go along. I pledged to wear something me-made three times a week--which is challenging as I work from home and mostly wear my "lounge" (read: pajama) pants most days!

  19. Me too, me too!! I also feel my May birthday should be a National holiday. I'm loving your challenge, but most of my handmade clothes are cool weather gear. However, you did mention the whole, I make fancy things I hardly ever get to wear, dilemma... I have that too...

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