While I need no prompt in wearing me-makes, I am just as excited to join the rest of the sewing community in this month’s quest on wearing more me-makes! Having participated for the last 2 years and learning much from it, I’ve thought harder about my pledge this year.
For those of you who are unfamiliar to me-made-may may wonder what exactly is this all about. All you need to know are these 5 pointers to get you going:
1) Me-made-may was started by Zoe of Sozowhatdoyouknow and have been running for the last 8 years.
2) It is challenge designed to encourage people to wear more me-made items in the month of May. It could be scarves, headbands, clothes, shoes, knitted sweaters, jewelleries… well, you get my point.
3) It’s a personal challenge and it might be fun to document your ootds, but by no means should you be pressured to put yourself out there on social media if you don’t want to. But if you do want to, join all of us in this mayhem by using the hashtag #mmmay17.
4) It is not about binge sewing or binge making.
5) Everyone’s pledge is unique.
And if you are interested, here’s my post on surviving me-made-may.
Now back to my pledge, for the last 2 years I pledged to wear as many me-makes as I could (I knew there were days I just couldn’t keep up) and to sew at least 1 piece of garment that is staple to my wardrobe. I did fine for wearing as many pieces as I could because that commitment was broad enough but frankly I didn’t do so well for sewing 1 piece every week. I needed a little push to get my sewing mojo going and thought by setting that goal I’ll achieve just that. But sometimes life do take over especially when you are a FTWM.
So after much calibration, I’ve gone minimalistic this year. I’ll still try to wear as many me-makes as I possibly could. Through this, I’ll reassess my handmade wardrobe and identify any gaps in order to sew purposefully.
How to I intend to keep to my pledge?
Plan plan plan
I think I’ve mentioned this plenty of times but I am just not the kind of girl who would plan and iron a week worth of clothes. Simply because I sometimes change my mind at the last minute. However, in order to ensure I keep up to wearing as many me-make pieces as I can this month (laundry woes), I’ll try planning out my weekly wardrobe. Hopefully this save me some time in the morning too.
Be prepared to give away me-makes
Yikes, this is a big toughie! I find it so hard to throw/give something away when I’ve spent so much time making them. Hence, I’ve found myself hoarding things that I no longer love or fit me. It just gets pushed deeper into my wardrobe and vaguely I’ll remember it’s there but I never ever take it out to wear. As with all other clothes I have in my wardrobe, I need to learn to reassess my style, my current lifestyle and curate a wardrobe with things I love. So if it means giving away things I’ve made, I should. And hopefully the recipient will like it as much as I do.
There are tons of projects and ideas swimming in my head and I can’t wait to start on them but honestly time wouldn’t allow me to complete everything at once. And wardrobe staples may not necessary be fancy to sew, it is absolutely necessary because I obviously have a lack of them. I need to be conscious about this gap and fill it – I currently am lacking bottoms!
To fill the gap I’ve identified, I decided to refashion this skirt which was meant to be part of a dress of a test project I was trying to sew. I decided to do away with the bodice and retained the skirt, fit in a waistband and now I have a whirly full circle skirt to kick start the me-made-may in.
I hope you enjoy me-made-may as much as I do and do give me a holler if you see me over at Instagram.