One day I’ll get into the habit of writing consistently. Until then it’ll be a question of when I find both time and inspiration.
The last few weeks have been incredibly busy and my creative life has been somewhat constrained. I was selected to stand in the local elections which took place last week, and the campaign took most of my physical and emotional energy through April and May. It was frustrating to come in second but as a new candidate it was still a considerable achievement, thanks to the team behind me.
I’ve been fitting in short bursts of sewing and have made more than I realised, which is encouraging. Activewear has been my main focus as I didn’t have much that was wearable for running or the gym after such a long break! On Saturday I ran my first race in 8 years, a hilly trail run that is organised by a nearby primary school as a fundraiser. It was hard work but once I’d recovered, I felt amazing. I didn’t expect to fall in love with running again quite so readily but it has boosted my confidence and strength.
In a few weeks I’ll be going back to the breast clinic to decide on my options for reconstruction. Last week I met with an amazing female oncoplastic surgeon, with whom I feel safe and confident. She’s offering me a different option that doesn’t involve moving muscle or using implants, so I’m hoping to try that and see how it goes, keeping other options open if necessary. I can hardly describe what a difference it has made to be seen by a surgeon who both listened and communicated with empathy and compassion and who considers the evidence behind her practice.
Bras have featured again in my recent sewing (no surprise there!), along with two vest/ tank tops, leggings and a swimsuit. I’ll link to as many of the fabrics and patterns as possible with each group of photos.
Stitch Upon a Time Brazi with cross front add on, My Handmade Wardrobe Action Pack leggings (made last year but recently altered after weight loss) and Kommatia Patterns Mysig hoodie. Fabrics from FunkiFabrics (space print) and The Shuttle (loopback sweatshirting); stripey jersey from Sew Me Sunshine.
The space print Brazi has a pocket for a breast form, made using power mesh; the striped one is simply lined but I’ve found I can exercise confidently with a Knitted Knocker (a lightweight knitted breast form) tucked into it and it doesn’t travel far! Both versions are incredibly comfortable to wear.
Megan Nielsen Cottesloe swimsuit in Life Recycled nylon/elastane from Funki Fabrics and printed mesh from The Shuttle 🌺🌺 with adapted shelf bra, using two layers of mesh and stitching down the centre and across the upper left side to form a pocket for a breast form. I love this and plan to make at least one more!
Are you taking part in Me-made May this year? It’s my fifth and I’ve pledged to wear a me-made outfit every day and to review my me-made wardrobe. So far I’m enjoying it but the wardeive review has been made tricky by persistently cold and wet weather since the start of May! Last year I was already into my summer wardrobe. Maybe it’ll help me look at how I handle transition between the seasons. I’d love to hear how it’s going for you.