So it’s time once again for Me Made May, which is just about the only thing I use this blog for any more! (In the meantime I’m on Instagram in two places and doing other sewing things). I had a real problem coming up with a pledge this year, and I want to talk about why.
None of the pledges I’ve done in previous years seemed right for me, nor any of the more common pledges made by others. Wearing a certain number of me-made garments is no challenge since that’s what I wear every day. Evaluating my me-made wardrobe is something I’ve done to death, including fairly recently, and I don’t really need to do again. Looking for holes in my wardrobe was a great success in early years but, let’s be honest, there are no holes (metaphorically, at least) in my wardrobe any more – quite the opposite, I am so overwhelmed with me-made clothes that the idea of planning to sew more leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Maybe my problem is that my goals in previous years kept getting progressively bigger. In 2015 (my first year) I resolved to wear just one me-made garment every weekday. In 2016 I pledged to wear all me-made outfits on weekdays. In 2017 I spent May reworking my wardrobe to fit my new body shape and rediscovering my joy in my handmade wardrobe. In 2018 my goal was to build up my nursing-friendly wardrobe and “recapture the fun of getting dressed” – how dramatic is that?? I also even used the phrase “total wardrobe overhaul” – wow. Nothing like thinking big!
But the problem with this bigger-and-better series of pledges is fairly obvious (although, yes, I’m quite dense; it took me 5 years to realize it). I’ve reached a point where I can’t get much grander.
So why bother taking part in Me Made May at all? What do I enjoy about it, what do I hope to get out of it? In short I enjoy the challenge, and the camaraderie. The very first year I took part was probably my favorite – I had a small and simple, difficult but do-able challenge, and for the first time I was connecting with other sewers doing similar (and different!) challenges. This is what I want to recapture this year.
So here’s my challenge in a nutshell: I’ll be doing a pants-free Me Made May. Specifically, I have one pair of black pants which I am not going to wear for a month. They’re actually the only pair in my closet, and quite a nice pair, comfy but good-looking, but I tend to wear them when I don’t want to “make the effort” with a dress or skirt or pinafore. So inevitably I don’t feel 100% when I’m wearing them and I want to stop that.
Secondly. I definitely enjoy sharing my makes and ogling others on Instagram, but I’m not doing the selfie thing this year. Instead I’m going to be sharing croquis of my outfits, hopefully a few times a week. And, of course, practicing appreciating all the other lovely things other people make and wear without automatically thinking “ooh I need to sew that for myself!”
What about you, are you taking part in Me Made May? What will your challenge be?