As May 2013 is closing in on us I wanted to share some reflections about my relation to the Me Made months. My first challenge was May 2010. My very first me-made pledge was to wear one me-made or refashioned item each day for the month of May. I think I did pretty good back then, and more importantly it was a real wake-up call when it comes to what I make in comparison to what I wear. Here are some of my reflections from May 2010:
“Not only have I become more aware of what I really wear, I have got a lot of inspiration and feedback from the other participants in MMM. It´s been a great way for me to get connected with other “sewing-fanatics”, it´s been so much fun!”
I am pretty sure that most of us who have been part of a Me Made- challenge at some point has experienced something similar. It really makes you stop to think about the things you make. What is so great is that you can tailor your own challenge to fit your current situations. This way there is always something to learn! This year my challenge is to wear different outfits each day – it´s a way to force myself to wear items that not always gets worn as much as others.
To keep track of what I actually own, I made a list just before the month started, listing all items I have made that are spring/summer appropriate. Every now and then I have checked back with this list, to see if I am missing something.I have tried to have a good blend of trousers, skirts and dresses. And if I wear more than one outfit each day, I try to document that as well.
I am very happy that I made the list, because I am a little bit absent-minded and I am known to forget the strangest things (like for instance pieces of clothing I have made myself…). So every once in a while, I have checked my list and thought: “Oh, right! I have that dress too!”.
Another challenge this year is to compose outfits inspired by other participants Every year I see the most wonderful outfits that Me-Made-ers wear, but I tend to forget again quite soon (ref. last paragraph…). So this year I have marked many more outfits as favorites in the Flickr- group. That way the inspiration is still there, even if May is over! I have even ordered some patterns I found particularly inspiring, and will buy a couple more next month too (Renfiew, Banksia and Darling Ranges I am looking at you all…).
One thing I am quite happy about is that there are some of my me-made garments from way back, that are still going strong. I make new things every year, and I give away me-mades I just don´t wear every year too, but there are some items that aren´t leaving my wardrobe any time soon. I thought it was fun to put together some pics of items that´s been with me through more than two challenges, and what I love about them.
The last thing I want to reflect on is that MMM always seem to have a wonderful effect on my sewing mojo. Because of all the inspiration of others, and because I take a more critical look at what I own, the me-made months are always full of new creations.
I hope I haven´t bored you to much with all of this, but I find it is a great way to be reflecting on my own sewing process. How about you? Are you learning something new about your own sewing from taking part of challenges like Me Made May?