So today is the start of Me Made May 2018 (#MMMay18) and I wanted to write a little about my pledge for the month.

I heard about Me Made May through Instagram, Facebook sewing groups and even on the Love to Sew podcast – this challenge is a big deal in the sewing community and being as it’s now in its ninth year I figured there must be something pretty special about it, and so I decided to check it out.

As it says in the title, this sewing challenge is about Me Mades…and that’s where the rules end. The idea is that for the month of May sewists can pledge their own personal commitment to a home-made wardrobe, and document their progress in whatever capacity they desire.  It’s that simple.

I initially excluded myself from the challenge as my immediate thoughts were that I didn’t have enough home sewn garments to see me through a week let alone a month, but the more I saw other pledges the more I realised that I had taken the title too literally and that the challenge can be whatever I want it to be.

And so, after much consideration my pledge is as follows;

'I, Karen of thedistractedsewist.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '18. I endeavour to think about the items I have sewn, which things I do and don’t wear and the reasons behind this, so that I can adapt my thinking process to create a real wearable wardrobe! 

I feel that this is a good starting point for me, a relatively new sewist who still feels a bit lost in the rush of fabrics and patterns and sewing techniques and style and body shape and fit…If I can slow down and focus on the items I have made, think about the following;

  • Which items remain hanging in the wardrobe day after day?

  • How do I feel when I wear clothes I have self-sewn?

  • Do I have other clothes I can pair my me mades with?

The answers to these questions may just help me to find the gaps in my wardrobe, to consider ways to pair fabrics with patterns, or maybe push me to learn how to better adjust for my body measurements to create the perfect fit.

And just thinking about all of this has made me realise one thing – I have at least enough me made items to wear one on every other day…

From everything I’ve seen about this challenge, it’s clear that it means different things to different people – and that’s what’ll make May so interesting.



You can find out more or sign up for Me Made May on founder Zoe’s blog here, or follow on Instagram here.