Me Made May '14

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Now that it's April (what?!?) that means that Me Made May is just around the corner! And this year, I'm so excited and very honoured to be helping Zoe a little with Me Made May '14. Yippee!


I took part in my first Me Made May last year and I loved it - it had rather a huge impact on me as a dress-maker. As with a lot of the participants, I really struggled with my goal towards the end. I found myself having to reach for those me-mades that I actually didn't really like wearing. This forced me to analyse why I wasn't wearing those me-mades, which lead me to write this post about why we don't wear our hand-mades - and thankfully, many of you agreed with me.

Yep, May 2013 was my magical lightbulb moment when it came to figuring out what to spend my precious sewing time making. I realised that I needed to focus on making things I actually liked wearing and that fit into my everyday life. Earth shattering stuff, I know. But really, it's just something we don't think about. We're happy to go out and buy those basics that make up a wardrobe that we'll wear everyday, but we aren't happy to sew them. How does that work?

So this year, Zoe and I have some really awesome posts lined up to help get you through your Me Made May goals, but first, you had better head on over to Zoe's blog to read about the challenge in a little more detail and sign yourself up!

Along with the traditional things (like the flickr pool and #mmmay14 hash tag) we've set up an official Me-Made-May'14 Pinterest board so that you can get pinning all your favourite Me Made outfits during May and perhaps glean some inspiration from your fellow participants. You'll need to follow the board first, and then I'll need to invite you to pin to it - it may take up to two days for you to have access, so please be patient. That goes for the flickr pool too :)

I'm going to be posting my pledge a bit later on in the month - but if you already know what your goal for Me Made May is or you want to know a little more about how Me Made May works, then head on over to see Zoe.

You guys - I seriously cannot wait for May (even though I can't believe it's nearly May again already...).

xx
Jen

ps) THANK YOU so so so much, from the bottom of my heart, for your kind comments about my first pattern release. I am really so very very humbled by them. I can't wait to release the pattern for you all. I've received all the feedback from my lovely testers, will putting that into action this week, and by Friday, I hope to unleash it upon you. Thank you, thank you!
11 comments on "Me Made May '14"
  1. i did my first me made may last year too and i felt much the same as you - that i didn't have enough wearable me mades in my wardrobe. it sent me off on a making separates kick! it was so much fun and i discovered a lot of new bloggers and patterns in the flickr group. i need to work out my pledge this year. i have a hankering to make some undies so that could be a way of stepping it up!

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    1. Ah, undies! Quick and easy! Have you tried making them from woven fabric? I've had mild success, but I think I prefer comfy knit :)

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  2. Last year was my first Me Made May too, and I loved it. I am gutted not to be able to join in this year, but with a baby due to make an arrival some time early May, I really don't need the additional stress. I'll just follow along and live vicariously through the rest of you instead!!! Have fun! :)

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    1. Baby number 2 is a good reason Helen :) Good luck with the birth and hopefully you can join in again next year!!

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  3. I'm very excited for Me-Made-May! I participated for the first time last year also. It really, really impacted me. I'm already sewing with the month of May in mind!

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    1. Yay! I have a few things I really need to sew up as well, with winter on it's way, I have some beautiful wool to turn into a few lovely skirts :)

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  4. So fun! And clever of Zoe to ask for help - there are more and more participants every year, and I found it hard to keep up myself last year! Looking forward to your posts!

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    1. Thanks Gillian! It does get bigger every year so it's really exciting to be able to help in a small way :) Can't wait to see what your goal is for this year :)

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  5. I love sewing but have never really got into stitching clothes for myself, I'm hoping reading inspiring blogs like yours will spur me on!

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    1. Aww, thanks Josie! Once you start, you might never stop :p

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  6. I still don't have enough me-mades to join in May. But maybe by Self-Sewn-September...

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XX
Jen

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