I unabashedly love Me-Made May. This will be my 4th year participating, and every year I look forward to the fabulous community. My first year I had only been sewing for 3 months, and my wardrobe was all Colette dresses in quilting cotton. Times have changed in my wardrobe, but I still love seeing all those happy and proud sewcialist faces every day for a month.
I like a bit of a focus in my pledge, so I feel less silly taking selfies every day! (Was “selfies” even a word during my first MMM?)
Here’s what I’ve done so far:
#MMM12: My pledge was to wear something handmade every day, and teach a Japanese word a day! I was fresh off the boat from Japan just married, living with my parents, and trying to get hired as a teacher.
#MMM13: I pledged to wear outfits everyday that pulled from my personal colour palette. I was still at home and jumping through hoops to be more employable… but I’d bought a serger, learned to sew pants, and I started taking pics with a timer and tripod. Much more relaxing than bugging my husband for help before work!
#MMM14: For one week each, I wore Cake Espresso leggings, Style Arc Elle pants, Jalie raglans, and Jamie Christina Mission Maxis. It’s a little scary how many other patterns I also could have chosen to wear versions of for a week! By this point we’d moved into our own apartment and got our first cat. All forms of non-stretch fabric had been slowly phased out of my wardrobe that year – while I simultaneously gained 20 pounds. Ooops! Beware the dangers of comfort. I’ve now lost about half of it…
So what’s my pledge this year?
Sewing Around the World!
- Week 1: Canadian designers, including Closet Case Files, Jalie, Sewaholic, and Ohhh Lulu that you won’t see! That’s a damn fine line up from my home country – I could pretty much wear Canadian for a month, but it wouldn’t be very exciting to document!
- Week 2: European designers, including Kitschy Koo, Deer and Doe, Maria of Denmark, and Paprika Patterns.
- Week 3: Australia and New Zealand, including Style Arc, Jennifer Lauren, Muse and Cake. (You ANZ folk are killing it, pattern wise!)
- Week 4: American. Oddly, this is the most under-represented in my wardrobe, even though it makes up the majority of my blog roll! It’s down to Grainline and Jamie Christina to get me through this, with a little help from Mouse House (Julia cardigan) and McCalls (another cardigan favourite!)
Obviously there are tons of other designers from all these places… but I’m only listing designers I’ve already got represented in my closet. I wear head-to-toe me-made most days already, so I think highlighting different regions will give me some focus. There will have to be some continental mixing-and-matching though, since the only pants/leggings I have are from Canada and ANZ – but I promise to wear at least one thing every day that represents the designers from that area.
Are you joining in MMM, and have you chosen a pledge yet? Can you suggest any designers that are up my alley that I should try? I’ve got plenty of time to sew up a few more basics!