Me Made May 2016
Never heard of Me Made May 2016?? Have a read to find out about this event which has been running on the Blogosphere for the past few years, I will be taking part – photographing my me mades as I wear them over the month. It’s basically an opportunity for all of us who make our own clothes to show off. It’s also a challenge to see how many of our me made we wear. It can focus our sewing plans. It can help us see those holes in our wardrobes – you might realise you need more shirts than fancy ball gowns. If you want to join in on the fun sign up HERE. Use the hashtags #mmmay16, #memademay2016 on Instagram and facebook. Even if you don’t want to take part you can follow the fun on Instagram, sewing blogs, facebook etc. There will be plenty of inspiration and new patterns to discover during the month.
- This is YOUR challenge, write the pledge any way you want, just remember: IT IS A CHALLENGE and not meant to be easy or what you do usually. In the past I have received the odd comment saying ‘Oh, I already do this so I may as well sign up’, however those people had clearly missed the point which is to challenge yourself, and therefore they would be unlikely to learn very much or feel much satisfaction at the end of the month.
- THIS IS NOT A COMPETITION. It is a personal attempt to achieve a better relationship with your handmade creations, which you may or may not choose to share with the creative online community. What I mean is, don’t set a pledge that you’ve seen other people make that sounds good but in reality is unobtainable for you and your lifestyle. For example, if you have to wear a uniform for work each day, you may prefer to pledge to wear self-stitched items at the weekends or days off only.
- There’s no rush to sign up immediately, as long as you do so before 1st May. Have a think for a while about your current relationship with your self-made items, then think how you might want to improve that relationship.
- If you have taken part before, or already wear a fair amount of self-made clothing and/or accessories, think how you can up the ante from the standard ‘one self-stitched garment a day’ pledge. How about wearing two or more self-made garments each day? Or pledge to try making a new type of garment by the end of the month to wear on the final day? Or pledge to finish all your UFO’s by 31st May? Pledge to focus on wearing your ‘meh’ garments to see if you can fall back in love with some of them? Pledge to only wear separates to force yourself to get creative with your mix-and-matching? Pledge to only wear each garment or garment-combo once? Pledge to wear an outfit including one sewn or knitted garment AND one refashion each day? There are near-infinite ways to amp things up for yourself.