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If you sew your own clothes, I am sure you know what Me Made May is. However, if you don’t, no worries I have got you. Me Made May was started by SOZO from So, Zo What do you know. It is a personal challenge among sewists, knitters, crocheters (basically anyone who makes items they wear) to wear their handmade items more often throughout the month. The challenge is meant to encourage makers to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe. Everyone is free to set their specifications on how they intend to go about it. Majority of the participants go ahead and document it on their social media especially over on Instagram.
This is the third time I have taken part in Me Made May, however, it is just this time that I have been able to document what I have won every single day. I have done this daily on my Instagram Page and also a weekly roundup on my Youtube channel.
Here is a playlist of my Me made may videos from my Youtube channel if you prefer to watch.
I was on the fence about taking part until the first day mostly because the whole world has been on lockdown. I rarely look that presentable if I am staying home with nowhere to go. However, I took the plunge and I have successfully worn either an item or complete handmade clothes for the entire month of May. I should say May is also my birthday month (1st May).
Here is a round up of what i wore the entire month grouped into weeks.
- Day 1 Deer and Doe Sirocco Jumpsuit
- Day 2 Simple Sew Cocoon Dress
- Day 3 Nina Lee Carnaby Dress
- Day 4 Jennifer Lauren Handmade Ivy Pinafore
- Day 5 Tilly and the Buttons Coco Dress
- Day 6 Love Notions Summer Basics Maxi Dress
- Day 7 Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress
- Day 8 NewLook 6446 Playsuit
- Day 9 Nina Lee Carnaby Dress
- Day 10 Deer and Doe Magnolia Dress
- Day 11 Nina Lee Camden Pinafore
- Day 12 Jennifer Lauren Handmade Ivy Pinafore
- Day 13 Tilly and the Buttons Freya Cowl Dress
- Day 14 New Look 6446 Jumpsuit
- Day 15 Colette Patterns Moneta Dress
- Day 16 Paper Theory Zadie Jumpsuit
- Day 17 New Look 6095
- Day 18 Simplicity 8178 jumpsuit
- Day 19 True Bias Ogden Cami & Nina Lee Camden Skirt
- Day 20 Burda 03/2019 #103
- Day 21 Love Notions Allegro Skirt
- Day 22 Sew Over It Silk Cami and Simplicity 8178 pants hack
- Day 23 Sew Over It Silk Cami and Simplicity 8178 pants hack
- Day 24 Love Notions Sloane Sweater
- Day 25 True Bias Ogden Cami and Pauline Alice Rosari Skirt
- Day 26 True Bias Ogden Cami and Pauline Alice Rosari Skirt
- Day 27 Tilly and the Buttons Bettine Dress
- Day 28 Meghan Nielsen Flint Pants
- Day 29 Love Notions Vivace Dolman Shirt
- Day 30 True Bias Ogden Cami Dress Hack
- Day 31 Tilly and the Buttons Frankie Tee
This challenge is meant to help you develop a better relationship with your handmade wardrobe, however, it also highlights the gaps you have in your wardrobe. It also helps you identify what you may need to improve in regards to your handmade wardrobe. By the end of the challenge, I have identified two key areas I need to put more attention to.
Firstly, I need to deep my toes into jeans making. A well-fitting pair of jeans is an item I struggle to find in the stores and when I do they are quite expensive. I realised when I wore a blouse or top, I could only pair it with my RTW jeans. I have recently purchased the Meghan Nielsen Ash Jeans sewing pattern which is a step in the right direction.
Secondly, I plan to be more intentional whenever I sew up separates such as a skirt or pants that I plan or sew up an item I would be wearing it with. Unless I do this I will be left with wardrobe pieces I have spent time making but never wearing.
All in all, I have enjoyed taking part in me made may and I can not wait for next year. Did you take part in Me Made May? And if so, what lessons have you learnt from the challenge?