Well, I did it! I wore something handmade every day in May. This was my first time participating in Me Made May and I have to say, it was really interesting and pretty educational.
I wasn’t sure at first if I’d be able to keep it up the whole month, but I was surprised to see how many things I had made for myself. Of course it helped that I was devoting almost all of my sewing time to making new things – I think I finished TEN new tops for myself last month!! I just counted them and I almost don’t believe it myself. Well, one of them was a refashion of a previously made top, but it feels new to me, so I’m counting it!
Overall, participating in Me Made May was a fun experience. It was great looking through my closet to find all the things that I had made, even digging out some things I had forgotten about. I actually wasn’t even able to wear all of it because the weather was so cold here and a few maxi skirts and a pair of shorts just stayed in the closet. It really made me think about what I actually enjoy wearing, what I reach for time and again, and what I skip over every time. I feel like it’s time for me to do a closet purge.
One of the great things about MMM was that it really encouraged me to think about my clothes and appearance a bit more than usual. I’m not one to get all caught up in cute outfits usually, and with school just about to end, I had come down with some major senioritis or whatever you call educators’ fatigue – I was perfectly happy just throwing on a t-shirt and jeans every day and slumping my way to work. This challenge gave me a reason to hold it together a little longer. I do think that when you spend a little time doing something to feel good about your appearance, it can affect your mood and confidence, so that really helped me get through the month. AND all the sewing for myself and trying on clothes and photographing myself motivated me to start exercising more regularly again, so BONUS!
I also loved seeing everyone’s MMM posts on Instagram (#mmmay15) and being inspired by people’s styles, photos, fabrics and patterns. It was really motivational for me to keep sewing and sharing my makes and it was fun to “meet” new seamstresses. Constantly photographing and posting pics was the hardest part of it, though it’s not required, so I didn’t do it every single day. A completely unexpected effect of MMM was that I got a lot of new Instagram followers. I really didn’t realize that would happen, but now that MMM is over, they’ll probably get bored with all my random family photos and unfollow, haha!
While the goal behind the challenge is really valuable, there is a very narcissistic aspect to the whole photographing and sharing of outfits on social media. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing, but I definitely had to acknowledge how my ego was affected every time I took a photo, posted it and checked for likes and comments and how it made me feel. Strange for sure, but also an interesting exercise.
Alright, so there they are – most of what I’ve made for myself and what I wore for Me Made May (but not everything). And here’s what I learned about my wardrobe:
– I like making and wearing cute and easy tops. – I don’t wear skirts. I’m not sure if I just don’t have any easy to match separates or what, but the few skirts I have, I never wear. – I live in jeans, but I’m not ready to try making them yet. – I also live in cardigans but I’m not sure how to make my own. Do I need to start knitting some? (that’s not going to happen) – To fill out my handmade “tops” wardrobe I need to make a few button up shirts (the Archer has been in my queue forever and it’s time!) – It’s time for a closet purge. There are a lot of clothes, both store bought and handmade (even a few up there) that I just don’t ever wear. This challenge made me feel like it’s ok to start letting go of things and really just keep the things that make me happy and feel good to wear.
I feel like I’ve started to refine my personal style a bit too. I want to try and make more classic, easy to wear clothes and not get too caught up in flashy new fabrics or patterns. That’s not to say that new patterns and prints won’t fit in my wardrobe, but that I should put some thought into what will work well with what I already have, what I need and will actually wear and whether I will want to wear it next year and the year after.
And speaking of closet purges, I’m wondering if anyone would want to jump in and do one with me? A little encouragement from others always helps motivate me. I’m thinking of picking a week and having no other rules but to clean out that closet and only leave behind the stuff we truly WANT to wear and WILL wear. Anyone in?
How was Me Made May for you? Will you do it again next year?