This is the first year I’m participating in Me Made May and honestly, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to wear something me-made everyday for a month. But I figured I would give it a shot and at least it would show me the glaring gaps in my me-made wardrobe.
A lot of what I wear is dependent on what I’m going to be doing that day and the weather. I need to look somewhat presentable at work, but I can still wear jeans and t-shirts on days that I’m not meeting clients. But really, I don’t have any me-made jeans or t-shirts, so I actually end up looking nicer if I wear clothes that I’ve made!
I set the goal of not repeating a piece of clothing for at least the first two weeks. That has gone really well so far and I going to extend that as long as I can…I think I can get another week out of my closet before I need to repeat. (The exception is that I’m currently wearing the same Sloane Sweatshirt that I’ve worn for the past two days…but it’s the weekend and it’s newly made!)
For the first week, I mixed standbys with some less-loved pieces and found new ways to wear things. My favorite new looks are from days two and three. I wear that linen tank all the time, but I never thought to pair it with that vintage silk jacket. And I love my Ariane dress, but I’ve maybe worn that Hemlock Tee twice since I made it. I’ve since learned that quilting cotton has no place on the body, except maybe as binding or pocket linings.
The second week is more of the same, but I think I was a little less inventive with my clothing combinations. I kept it pretty comfy this week because work was ridiculously busy and I just wanted to be in bed, so it was jeans everyday but Monday. I like the casual look of the Flint pants with a plain tee (actually a youth shirt from the craft store…) and slides.
Let’s talk about those slides for a minute, because I made them! I took a class with Rachel Corry of Rachel Sees Snails Shoes and we made foam-soled leather sandals. It was super fun and I’m really happy with my shoes (though she wasn’t kidding when she said slides are the hardest to fit), but the best part was that I spent a full Saturday doing one of my favorite things: making/crafting/creating with other women! It was great and now I want to learn more, especially alongside cool creative people.
A lot of sewists say this, but wearing me-made everyday gives me extra confidence. A coworker complimented my jaguar Melilot shirt and said it’s my power shirt, and she’s not wrong. I probably would have never bought it in a store because I wouldn’t think it was “me”, but since I made it, it’s completely me! I love how sewing has enabled me to subconsciously develop a personal style, but that’s made even better because it’s a style influenced by amazing indie pattern designers and all the other sewists out there (or at least the ones on Instagram). Super sappy, I know, but it’s pretty amazing that picking up a hobby has had such an impact on my self image and sense of belonging.
I’ll end this journey of discovery with my realization that there are some things I really need in my me-made wardrobe. First off, I need jeans. I actually bought some of that Cone Mills S-Gene denim that everyone loves, but I’m too scared to even purchase a jeans pattern (by which I mean the Ginger Jeans, of course). I may first try the Sew Your Favorite Jeans class from Indie Sew, but I want schedule a full weekend for it.
I also need light jackets that are a little nicer/more interesting than my denim jacket. I have a couple patterns in mind and just need to get started on muslins.
And lastly, I need more comfy clothes! I made a Sloane Sweatshirt this weekend and have been living in it, but I need to find the perfect t-shirt pattern. A little loose or boxy with a crew neck—any recommendations?
Are you doing Me Made May? How have your first weeks been going?