Me-Made-May ’15

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Have you heard about Me-Made-May?  I’ve been reading sewing blogs for awhile now, and I see the idea resurface every year about this time.  Here’s a definition for you from the website that started it all (‘So, Zo…What Do You Know?’):

Me-Made-May’15 (#mmmay15 for social media interaction) is a challenge designed to encourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to actually wear and love them. The me-made and self-stitched challenges have been taking place for five years now and they work on both a personal and community level. The participants decide the specifics of their own challenge pledge, so that the month is appropriate and challenging for them (more on this below). For example, a very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May 2015. The participants can also choose to document their challenge with daily photos (though this is in no way compulsory for taking part) and share them with other participants…

You can read more specifics about what the challenge is and isn’t over at the original site.  I’ve never had the guts to try this before, but this year, I’m going to make the pledge!  I’m doing it for fun and as an experiment, to see what I discover, so there are not going to be any rigid rules, just an attempt to wear the things I’ve made.  I’m sure I’ll discover holes in my wardrobe (I already know there is a huge hole in the brightly colored t-shirt area.)

So, with some trepidation and a lot of excitement, here it is:

‘I, Lisa Poblenz of patternandbranch.wordpress.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15.  I endeavour to wear at least one me-made garment each week, with a goal of trying to wear one me-made garment each day for the duration of May 2015.’

What should I wear?  Here are some possibilities from past projects:

Me-Made-May '15

Leggings currently used as pajamas–easy!

Me-Made-May '15

Alabama Chanin inspired wrap–works as a wrap or a scarf

Me-Made-May '15

A copy of my vintage hummingbird dress…if it warms up a little

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Another copy of the hummingbird dress. This is a favorite. I’m sure I’ll wear this as a tunic or a dress.

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While this scarf is a bit voluminous, I still love it. This will be a good chance to figure out how best to style it.

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This raglan-sleeve shirt is already getting a lot of wear.

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This wearable muslin is getting a lot of wear, too, since it’s a springy color and I’m so sick of winter! Bright colors are like a spring tonic (whatever that is)!

Me-Made-May '15

Sewing now gives me a reason to go to the gym when I don’t feel like it. I love wearing this top. It makes me feel so cool (literally and figuratively)!

Just this quick review gives me a sense of the fact that I need to make some real New England spring clothes.  That means bright colors and long sleeves!  I have a few finished (or almost finished) projects to share with you soon, and more fun things lined up for future sewing!

Will you participate in Me-Made-May in some way?  If you are a maker, give it some thought, even if you only pledge to wear one thing you made this month.  You can do it!

 

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2 responses »

  1. Yay, I’m so glad you’re joining in! I think it will be fun, and I like how your pledge is reasonable and flexible. Hopefully you’ll get a lot of wear out of all these garments. I love that hummingbird dress!

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