What We Learned from Me-Made May
Me-Made-May has become a sewing community holiday. Every May, my Instagram feed (and I’m sure yours as well) is jam packed with me-made after me-made. This year we decided to participate as an office, posting our makes on the Colette and Seamwork Instagram daily, but five of us pledged to wear me-mades every day of the month.
I sat down with the ladies of the office and chatted about the lessons we learned and—perhaps more importantly—how we can apply these lesson to our sewing in the future.
It was no surprise that we all had similar take-aways.
Most of us discovered that we had more me-mades than we thought. Sarai even added that she was unable to share all of her favorite me-mades. This challenge forced us all to dig a little deeper into our closets and wear things that may not be in our regular wardrobe rotation. I know that I, personally, fell back in love with some forgotten gems.
A common wardrobe gap amongst us was separates. So many of us found that we simply did not have that many. I think I see a lot more functional pieces that are easy to mix and match in our collective future.
Lastly, we all have entered June with a renewed sense of inspiration. The whole office is buzzing with sewing plans. Some of us are even revisiting Wardrobe Architect to really help us focus our sewing plans.
“I realized that I actually love all the stuff I’ve made in the last year or two, and I think going through the wardrobe architect process is the reason why. I honestly feel most like myself in the clothes I’ve made.” -Sarai
“I learned that it’s not worth it to cut corners when sewing. The projects that required the most effort are the garments that held up best. When I take care to put a nice finish on a garment, I want to wear it more.” -Meg
“I will definitely no longer guilt trip myself into sewing barely worn complicated garments! I’ll also keep in mind what pieces could be worn together, or with other RTW garments I already own.” -Wallis
“My long term goal is to have a completely me-made wardrobe. Me-Made May was the perfect way for me to identify the items I needed to make for that dream to become a reality.” -Anna
“I have so many warm weather dresses left over from living in Southern California. I definitely spent a good part of the month cold. That being said, I fell back in love with some old dresses that have not been getting as much love in the last year.” -Haley
For all of you that participated, we would love to know:
- What have you learned about your sewing habits during Me-Made-May?
- Are you relieved to be done taking daily selfies?
- Have you identified any big gaps in your me-made wardrobe?
- What are your sewing plans?
- Is anyone else revisiting Wardrobe Architect to help refine your sewing queue?