WOOHOO! It’s almost Me-Made May time, my favourite time of the year! (Ok, Christmas and summer vacation are pretty good too.) In fact, I enjoy MMMay so much that we are using it as inspiration for our May Sewcialists theme:
For the months of April and May, we’re going to be celebrating MMMay, with a particular focus on sustainable sewing and creating a cohesive wardrobe that will actually get worn. You can find more details about that over on the Sewcialists.
This is my 7th year participating in Me-Made May, and the 9th year of the challenge overall. I came up with really creative theme challenges for the first few years, like Japanese for Crafters, Wardrobe Palette, One Week One Pattern, and Sewing Around The World.
When I first took part in MMMay, I’d only been sewing garments for 4 months, and relied heavily on me-made accessories and refashions to get through the month. These days I have so many clothes that I use Me-Made May as an opportunity to snapshot my style that year, and highlight how I really dress day-to-day. With that in mind, I’ve chosen my theme for this year:
Something Old and Something New!
Each day I’ll strive to wear something sewn in the last year AND something sewn/purchased more than a year ago! My hope is that this will help me review my older creations and RTW clothes, and make sure they still belong in my wardrobe. Are they worn out, or too small? Are they still my style? At the end of the month I’ll pass on, donate, refashion or recycle anything that I didn’t love wearing.
One of my Top 5 Goals for 2018 is to learn more about sustainable sewing, and I hope that this challenge will help me with that. I happen to love fabrics like polyester and rayon that aren’t the most sustainable, and are hard to find in fair trade/organic versions… so instead my goal is to make sure every garment in my closet gets a lot of wear, and that I use scraps and leftovers creatively to limit waste.
I’m really excited about this theme! I like having a focus to my MMMay experience, although of course it’s not necessary. Have you signed up for MMMay? What pledge are you aiming for this year?