So that’s it, another year of Me Made May bites the dust. There’s a roundup post of everything I wore here, but I also wanted to write something about the wider experience of this year’s challenge.
It’s been a big old month, with not 31 but 34 different outfits. Here’s what I wore each day, along with the blog post for each item (where they currently exist!)
It’s that time of year again: it’s Me Made May!
This year, as with last year, I’ve pledged to wear at least one me-made item every day. In addition, because I tend to wear me-mades pretty much everyday anyway, I’ve pledged to finally make a dress using my self-drafted bodice, which I’m also going to redraw first.
I’ll post about that as and when, but, in the meantime, here’s what I wore in week one:
Monday – a brand new Sew Over It Betty dress
Tuesday – the black floral Nicola dress
Wednesday – the pencil dress
Thursday – my first Mortmain dress
Friday – the secret cats dress
Saturday – the ever practical star popper shirt dress
Sunday – the tiny flowers Lilou
Phew! And this is only week one! Here’s to a rather full month of makes
I’m really pleased I stuck with it all the way through, as I had a real sense of achievement in doing it. There were a couple of points where I very nearly couldn’t be bothered, but it was definitely worth it.
I also learnt a couple of things from doing this. Starting with the moans (to get them out of the way…)
- Repeating outfits isn’t a problem, but it feels a bit like a problem when you’re presenting your outfit every day. I felt like there was a pressure to wear something different, even though I know I was the only one putting that pressure on me. Which leads rather neatly on to…
- God it’s boring to take your own photo every day. Because it isn’t just taking one photo, it’s taking lots. For most of the poses I used a timer setting, which takes a burst of ten photos. So you have to pick the best of those. However there might be as many as 10 timer shots taken to try and get the “best”pose. So that’s over a hundred photos to choose from. Every day. Boring.
- My sewing skills have really come on in the last year; I had seven new items during the course of the month, which is a rate of knots I couldn’t have dreamed of previously
- Turns out I really like green and blue items of clothing. Whodathunk?
- I’ve got a couple of key patterns that are proving great wardrobe builders; the Colette Moneta (days 8, 11, 12, 17, 25 and 30), the Gather Patterns Mortmain (days 2, 5, 22 and 27) and a basic gathered skirt pattern which, as well as being used for my green and polar bear skirts, is also the bottom of my strawberry dress.
- I’ve also got a couple of things that are lacking and that I really need to add in to the mix, especially trousers and casual tops. That said, I discovered the Colette Sorbetto top is a fab stash buster (days 14 and 21) so will be making a couple more and have patterns for both the Closet Case Ginger jeans and Sew Over It Ultimate trousers waiting for me to make.
- In spite of potentially needing to make more sensible decisions in my sewing, I blooming love making dresses and will still make them more than anything else, because they’re just more fun, and that, for me, is what sewing is all about!
So how about you? Did you take part in Me Made May and how did you find it? I’d love to know 🙂
We’re nearly there! 28 days of May are finished with only three to go. There’ve been quite a few repeats this week but due to some particularly speedy sewing I also got to wear two new things which was excellent fun
I’ll be doing a final roundup along with my favourites and what I’ve learnt on Wednesday, but until then we have the following outfits this week:
Day 22 – green skirt (and the reveal of my tripod!)
Day 23 – strawberry print By Hand London Charlie dress
Day 24 – Aztec print Moneta with my Astoria jumper
Day 25 – highly inaccurate tube map By Hand London Kim dress
Day 26 – floral Mortmain and that Astoria again
Day 27 – floral Anna dress
Day 28 – gardening ready with my Sorbetto top
Three weeks down! When I set out on Me Made May, I wondered how long I could go without repeats (and I don’t just mean my expression…). Turns out the answer was 20 days (if we ignore the repeated skirt on day 19!) and even then on Saturday I pulled out my sparkly Astoria and had another different item to add to the mix.
This week has also tested my thinking about what I wear. For me, Me Made May was about wearing something handmade every day, but wasn’t necessarily about wearing something different every day for a month. Whilst I’ve still got a couple of items that I’ve not yet worn as part of Me Made May, if I’m honest, I don’t think I will. Some of them is due to their status as “dressing up” items (looking at you unicorn dress and leopard print cape) whilst for others, as I made them when I first started sewing, I’m aware of the fit (or lack thereof!) compared to what I now make and wear regularly.
What this also means is that for the last week (and a bit) of May I’ll be repeating (with the exception of a sneaky new make or two….) but seeing if I can style my outfits differently, rather than continuing to wear “new” items each day.
Here’s hoping I make it to the end!
So another week of May has gone by, and with it another seven days of me made clothes. What’s been interesting this week is that I’ve started to get towards the end of my handmade wardrobe. This has got me feeling slightly panicky; should I make more things to keep on having something new to show everyday? Should I wear some of the things I have that I don’t really want to wear but would mean I could avoid repetition that bit longer? Is repetition even a bad thing? Normally I wear an item two or three times over the course of a fortnight and no one cares, but then, normally I’m. not sharing the outfit I wear every day..
I’m not really looking for answers, but it has been thought provoking. It’s also made me realise I spend a lot of time wearing dresses usually, so my fondness for making them is actually a good thing rather than a total vanity project.
At any rate, this continues to be a fun way to explore my wardrobe, and I’m intrigued to see what weeks three and four will throw up (not least because I may have gone fabric shopping yesterday….).
This week’s me mades are:
Sunday – Aztec print Colette moneta
Monday – contracts bias By Hand London Anna dress
Tuesday – Floral Sewaholic Nicola shirt dress
Wednesady – purple moneta
Thursday – turquoise moneta (I really like that pattern…)
Friday – tiny foxes tshirt (Grainline scout tee)
Saturday – tiny elephants top (modified sorbetto by Colette)
This year, for the first time, I’m taking part in Me Made May, an annual challenge organised by Zoe of So Zo. My pledge is to try and wear at least one item of handmade clothing each day during May.
We’re one week in, so I thought I’d share my outfits so far, not least because it’s the first time I’ve shared them on the blog (although posts about all of these will be coming up over the next few weeks). So, in chronological order we have:
Day 1 – Chambray shirt dress with an ace RTW tiger jumper
Day 2 – Heart print Mortmain dress, with a comfy cardi that might not actually be mine…
Day 3 – Bright green skirt with RTW stripey top
Day 4 – Gingham Cambie dress
Day 5 – Floral Mortmain dress
Day 6 – Floral Lilou dress
Day 7 – A freaking space dress made using the By Hand London Anna pattern
I’ve really enjoyed Me Made May so far, and am looking forward to the rest of the month, not least because it’s a great excuse to get on some of my favourite clothes and prompt conversations about dressmaking with people who might not otherwise have thought about it. Whether I actually manage it is an entirely different matter, but here’s hoping I’ll be doing a final round up in 23 days!