Thursday, April 3, 2014

Gearing up for Me Made May

Helena from Gray all Day recently posted and made this cute button about gearing up for Me Made May. It is hard to believe that May is so near, if I plan to try and wear me made items during the entire month I have better get busy with some selfish sewing.

So if your wondering what exactly is Me Made May? 
I found this on So Zo...What do you know? 

"Me-Made-May'14 (MMM'14 for short) is a challenge designed to encourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to actually wear and love them. The me-made and self-stitched challenges have been taking place for over four years now and they work on both a personal and community level. The participants decide the specifics of their own challenge pledge, so that the month is appropriate and challenging for them. A very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May 2014. The participants can also choose to document their challenge with daily photos (though this is in no way compulsory for taking part) and share them with other participants.

What isn't MMM'14? 
  • The Me-Made-May challenges are NOT all about taking daily outfit photographs. However, many participants do choose to document their challenge with daily/weekly/as-often-as-you-like photos and share them on their blog if they have one or on Flickr if they are a member. The challenge is about wearing your handmade clothing more often than you usually do, if you choose to take documentation photos, then that is fabulous and we'd love to see 'em, but taking photos isn't necessary or compulsory and really isn't the point of the challenge. 
  • MMM'14 also isn't reason to panic-sew/knit/crochet/refashion etc. This challenge is about wearing the items that you have already created, not about stock-piling more makes. However, if you want to use taking part in MMM'14 as the kick in the butt you need to finally hem that half-finished skirt, or rework an ill-fitting garment, then great. Remember, this challenge is meant to be fun, and panic-anything isn't fun! 
  • A competition. It doesn't matter how many self-stitched items you already have or haven't. You can take part even if you just have one solitary self-made item! You just need to set your pledge to make it challenging for YOU, no matter what criteria other participants have set themselves. "

My personal goal will be to wear one Me Made item every day in May. I will document with daily photos and post at the end of the week on my blog and in the Flickr group.  Are you planning on participating? Zoe has joined with Jennifer Lauren Vintage hosting this years MMM. If you want to know more or sign up go to Me Made May 2014.

Happy Sewing!


  1. I have been wanting to do this ever since I started sewing last year, but I was really hoping I'd have more items finished by now. I know it's not about having a new outfit every day, but I would like not wearing the same for 4 weeks straight :) Maybe I could make it about making more everyday pieces..? May is also a busy month for me, so we'll see :) It is a wonderful initiative either way!

    1. I know what you mean. I started a new job which requires pants/dresses/ skirts and I have been sewing every night trying to create more clothes.I almost cheated on my ready to wear fast. I only started sewing for myself last year also and have a pile of UFO's. You can set your own goals, so it could be only one piece added to other things.