May. Melanoma Awareness Month. Also happens to be: Ichthyosis awareness month! What the heck???? Too much skin crap and too little time, I guess! Do check out this lovely lady's post (link above). Rochelle is an amazing sewist, knitter, designer, dog lover, kid camp mentor, writer, and survivor! Definitely worth your time!!
Everybody's going thru something, right??? Sometimes, that something is more (or less) obvious to others. No matter how close to death I have been with lung and brain mets, I've never looked particularly ill. I always imagined what folks thought of me, as we were all waiting like sheep, some bald and shorn, others not, in various oncology, radiology, and surgical waiting rooms. At times I thought, I could hear, "Damn. She looks good! I can do that. I can get through this. If she did it, I can do it!!!" At other times, the sad smiles that came my way felt like, "Oh, look at her. She is going to be getting some tough news today. I hope she can handle it. She has no idea what's in
store." After work, I tell B that today happens to be Melanoma Awareness Day and one was to wear black in honor, and remembrance, of same. With a bit of a growl, he replied, "I have melanoma awareness EVERY day." While I continue to placidly eat my Chinese take away, he adds, "So, is that why you wore this today?" "Yep," I say, "though no one a'tall knew why." Which is perhaps...NOT the point...but now you do.
But, being the goofy weird-o, a-girl's-gotta-have-fun, chick that I am....I also wore it because of this:
#MMMay17!!! That would be "Me Made May 2017!" But, subversive that I also am.....I'm not going balls to the wall, Me Made For Real! - just...kind'a. I am going to try to participate in "Me Made May" for the first time. For the uninitiated, one is supposed to wear only Me Made garments for the entire month. I am going to try to wear something Me Made daily, but not exclusively. No, I will not have made my shoes or under pinnings. Many times, my Me Made garments will be paired with items purchased (swoon not, my Me Made Die Hards!!!) from Target or J Crew. Sew....here we go!!!!
|I wear black for Melanoma Awareness Day AND Me Made MAY!!!!|
|I made a skirt! (Actually, I made two!! One went to Roo!)|
|NO! A dress!!!|
|I made a top and a skirt...and a dress (if I wear them together)!! Figuring that this way, I'd get the best of both worlds!|
HERE! - The 30 minute skirt pattern From So Sew Easy! pegged in a bit at the hem and tweaked just for me!
So whatever skin is yours to live in, I wish you as much comfort and joy as possible. We only get one go. Hang in there. Play hard. Live big. And make each day, a custom fit ME MADE.... whatever that means for you! Much love, les