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ME MADE MAY 2020 ROUNDUP

ME MADE MAY 2020 ROUNDUP

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.

WEEK ONE

WEEK TWO

WEEK 3

WEEK FOUR

WEEK FIVE

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?

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ME MADE MAY 2019

ME MADE MAY 2019

I recently participated in the completed Me-Made-May which is organised by Zoe Edwards of @sozoblog. Me-Made-May is a challenge which is designed to encourage sewists to develop a better relationship with their handmade. Any sewists who chose to participate was at liberty to set their specifics of the challenge depending on what they are comfortable with.

This was the second Me-Made-May I have participated in and I enjoyed the ride. Last year, when I joined the challenge I did not fully understand what it entailed having only been actively sewing my clothes for barely a year. And I probably did not have a lot of me made garments in my wardrobe to wear throughout the month.

My pledge this year, was to try to wear something Me-Made everyday especially when I had to leave the house. I did not care much about what I wore at home as you are least likely to find me smartly dressed. I also made it a point to document every day I wore a me made outfit on my Instagram.

Week One: Me Made May 2019

Week One: what I wore (clockwise)

Week two: Me Made May 2019

Week Two: what I wore (clockwise)

Week Three: Me Made May 2019

Week Three: What I wore (clockwise)

Week Four: Me Made May 2019

Week Four: What I wore (clockwise)

Details of what I wore each day of me made and details about each outfit can be found on my Instagram.

At the end of such a challenge, it is expected for one to learn a few lessons about themselves and their handmade wardrobe. This challenge highlighted the gaps in my wardrobe and where I need to put more attention.

Firstly, it is clear I have only made just one pair of pants (one I am proud to show to the world) and a handful of skirts (about 3) which I wore in rotation during May. I hope to give trousers/ pants and jeans making a try as all the ones I wore were RTW (ready to wear). I plan to also sew up more skirts and tops or t-shirts as these are that many in my wardrobe.

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