Happy Friday, my friends! I got up early before work to take some quick photos to talk about something that’s been on my mind this month. You get lip balm, an un-ironed dress and possibly unbrushed teeth. Aren’t you lucky. 😉
As we near the mid-point of May, I thought I might spend a few minutes explaining why I’m not participating in Me Made May 2015, because you might expect me to. And the best way to sum it up is… I don’t need to. That sounds weird, so let me explain!
Zo’s Me Made May challenge is amazing, and it really encourages those who create any part of their wardrobe (be it small or large) to really wear the items they create. Many people just don’t, though. They either end up trapped in a cycle of sewing things that don’t fit, that aren’t their style, maybe they’re swept up in sewing for goals like sew-alongs and pattern testing or the hooplah of the latest indie pattern release.
At the end of the day, they may have a lot of things they’ve made, but that don’t actually qualify as part of their wardrobe. And you know, that’s a big difference!
When I was really still wrapping my mind around sewing for myself, I really wanted to participate in Me Made May. By the time I was actually sewing regularly enough to feel like I could participate (well at least with sewn items; I could easily have participated in knitted items), I think it was two years ago, and we were spending the tail end of May in the UK. During that trip, I spent a significant time wearing items I’d sewn or knit. I happily got to meet several online friends, and Karen of Did You Make That probably didn’t know it but when we met I was wearing a blouse and skirt I’d sewn plus a cardigan I’d knit. (For the record, creepy or not I recall she was wearing her gorgeous rayon Mathilde blouse!)
Last year, I again contemplated in participating in MMM, but again we were gone for part of May, that time to Dublin. And again I brought and wore an armload of items I’d made.
So this year, I realized… I just don’t need Me Made May. If you have followed my blog or Instagram for awhile, you know that I don’t have a problem wearing the items I sew and knit, or sharing them. I do it all the time! I’m not in a wardrobe rut. Sure, I probably have some gaps in my wardrobe, but in spite of how much I create, I don’t strive for an entirely me-made wardrobe. There’s lots of vintage and repro in there too, and I like it that way. In fact just today I realized I really need a black skirt. Guess what—I don’t want to sew a damn black skirt! That’s why I don’t have one, because I always think, “I need to sew a black skirt” but I never ever want to! So why should I? And thus I ordered one, since one of my favorite shops was having an insider sale.
Me Made May is a wonderfully encouraging challenge. I support it wholeheartedly. I just have come to the realization that I’ve kind of outgrown the need for it. I could participate, but it would basically just be me documenting doing my normal thing everyday for a month.
So what you get today is an outfit put together with several items I’ve made. I made the dress last spring, I made the bolero last winter, I made the earrings last month, and the brooch this week. The only things I’m wearing today that I didn’t make are my shoes and bangles.
(I’m super proud of that brooch by the way, with the bar molded from a Bakelite brooch, but man, drilling that big of a hole into resin is enough to give you heart palpitations so I may not be doing this style very much. Ha!)
It’s kind of a Me Made Life around these parts. Obviously I don’t wear things I made every single day and I don’t specifically plan to do that; I did this outfit on purpose for this post. But frequently, I’m wearing something I made. Probably more often than not there’s a little me-made somewhere in there.
Which makes me really happy, because I can admit it’s really easy for me and no struggle to do that at this point. Which means I’m making things I love. And I’m making things I wear. A lot.
And I think in a way, that’s one of the goals of Me Made May. Get you over the hump of not wearing, not loving things you make, and feeling like maybe you’re floundering a bit in your closet. So I encourage anyone who sews and/or knits for themselves to participate, if you’re struggling with any of those things.
Because damn, it’s a mighty powerful feeling to know that your own hands have the skills to make things you love and wear!
Have a wonderful weekend!!