What is Me-Made-May’17 and how it works…
Me-Made-May’17 (#MMMay17 for social media interaction) is a challenge designed to encourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to wear and love them more. The me-made and self-stitched challenges have been taking place for eight years now and they work on both a personal and community level. The participants decide the specifics of their own challenge, 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 2017. Some participants choose to document their challenge photographically (though this is in no way compulsory for taking part) and share them with other participants.
Taking part can…
- To start integrating your self-made items into your regular wardrobe rotation.
- Help you get out of a wardrobe rut by focusing on your lesser-worn items and creating new outfits that include those.
- Find out what the ‘holes’ in your wardrobe are so that you are able to use your garment-creating time more usefully in the future.
- Begin wearing the clothes that you really want to be seen in, rather than the same old things you usually reach for most mornings.
- Enjoy the excuse to finish off any lingering UFOs (unfinished objects), or to finally start a project that has been on your mind for ages.
- Discover what the rest of this large community of makers has created and is wearing in their day-to-day lives, and enjoy the support, advice and inspiration that they will provide.
This was the challenge. For me personally, I knew wearing self-made items wasn’t going to be the issue, because that’s all I have. My small wardrobe is 95% self-made, which feeds into the second item, I don’t really have clothes in my closet I don’t wear. Now what was awesome about this campaign is it pushed me out of my comfort zone to sew things I might not normally sew: tank tops, summer shorts, leggings, etc.
I think my main take away from all of this is gaining the confidence to interact with the larger community of sewers and makers. I was always hidden and on the sidelines but now I feel like I’m good enough at sewing that I can participate. So success!!
I knew these last three days were going to be the hardest, because I’d be on summer break and spending a great deal more time outside hiking and not at home. I wanted to feature my last pair of awesome leggings. These are fun and again using fabric from Spoonflower! The leggings are self-drafted. Through a discussion on Instagram with Grace from Make Mountain Fabrics and Teri from Fa Sew La, if you want to try your hand at making self-drafted leggings, you might check out the Espresso leggings from Cake Patterns (see here).
These are the social media interactions I was too scared to get involved with previously, but I’m so glad that we are able to share our thoughts and experiences. I’m not going to stop sewing anytime soon and I love that through social media I can ask for help, provide advice, and learn and see what other people are making. It definitely makes the whole process of sewing even more fun!
I almost didn’t make it into real clothes today. I was trying to finish stuff up for work. I’m not going to go into too much detail about these shorts as I have a full review coming soon once this whole Me Made May campaign is over…
Last day of Me Made May!!! Of course it features Ryan and of course he’s been a goofball. Today he is wearing Thread Theory’s Strathcona t-shirt in Nosh Organics knit. I sewed this shirt for him this month. He is also wearing Burda 7381 shorts in Robert Kaufman Kobe twill. Don’t ask why he’s trying to act like a cool cat? He does that ever time he puts on his Ray Bans!
Thanks for everyone that kept up with my Me Made May campaign. See everyone next year!