Me Made May 2018

I participated in Me Made May for the first time this year. Zoe, the instigator, calls it a “challenge to improve your relationship with your handmade wardrobe.” Participants make a pledge for the month of May, and mine was to wear one me-made garment every day and document them on my instagram feed. Here’s what I learned, followed by snaps of each day’s outfits.

  1.  I have several ready-to-wear garments I didn’t wear because I have no me-mades to pair with them. During the month I made a tee to go with my favorite skirt, and I’ll be ordering fabric to make another tee for another item I wear often.
  2. I had a big ah-ha moment: I have a pair of cropped pants that I wear a lot in the summer. I’ve looked without success for similar pants in other colors. But, duh, my sewing skills are good enough now that I can make my own! I’ve found a pattern to start with and ordered some fabric.
  3. Taking pictures turned out to be easier and less onerous than I thought. I picked the one bare wall at our house, and used that as a backdrop every day. Probably very boring, but it’s helped me evaluate my outfits and made picture taking time really easy.

Me Made May 2018 week one

  1. Long cardigan made using a  Hey June Tallinn pattern hack
  2. Grainline Scout tee using sleeve and neck mods from the Grainline blog
  3. Seamwork Georgia dress and brown Helen’s Closet Blackwood cardigan
  4. McCall’s 7445 v-neck top/sweater
  5. Scoop neck tee from a Craftsy class and black Blackwood cardigan

  6. Navy Helen’s Closet Blackwood cardigan
  7. Brown Helen’s Closet Blackwood cardigan and Grainline Scout tee
  8. Grainline Hadley top
  9. McCall’s 7445 pants and v-neck sweater/top
  10. Named Clothing Kielo Wrap Dress
  11. me-made bag/pouch and refashioned button-up (altered from dress to blouse)

  12. Michelle Patterns A-line pocket skirt
  13. 100 acts of sewing’s Shirt No 1, cut up and made to approximate a Rachel Comey shirt.
  14. 100 acts of sewing’s Shirt No 1 and a Pamela’s Patterns Pencil Skirt
  15. McCall’s 7445 pants
  16. Navy Helen’s Closet Blackwood cardigan and Grainline Scout tee
  17. self-drafted tank top

  18. Michelle Patterns A-line pocket skirt
  19. Pamela’s Patterns Pencil Skirt
  20. 100 acts of sewing’s Shirt No 1 and holding a black Blackwood cardigan
  21. McCall’s 6750 from Craftsy class
  22. Color-blocked Marilla Walker Maya top and
  23. McCall’s 7445 pants
  24. Brown Helen’s Closet Blackwood cardigan and Grainline Scout tee
  25. Black Helen’s Closet Blackwood cardigan and Color-blocked Marilla Walker Maya top

  26. Black Helen’s Closet Blackwood cardigan
  27. Navy Helen’s Closet Blackwood cardigan and Grainline Studio hemlock tee
  28. Color-blocked Marilla Walker Maya top
  29. Grainline Studio hemlock tee
  30. 100 acts of sewing’s Shirt No 1
  31. Michelle Patterns A-line pocket skirt
  32. Grainline Studio hemlock tee and Grainline Studio hemlock tee