They say it never rains but it pours, and that April is known for showers - looking at my calendar, these adages feel metaphorically quite apt right now. April is shaping up to be a busy month! Birthdays upon birthdays (upon birthdays); day trips and nights out; house guests; secret little projects – when you take out time spent at work and asleep, it doesn’t leave too much left over for sewing.
But a busy April also means that Me Made May is looming on the not too distant and hopefully sunny horizon and will be here in no time at all.
What’s Me Made May, I hear you ask? It’s a simple idea, dreamed up by Zoe of the sewing blog ‘So, Zo…What Do You Know?’, where you set your own challenge to help yourself improve your relationship with your home sewn wardrobe. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the making aspect of sewing and forget about the overall picture of what we’re trying to achieve. This challenge has proven to be pretty popular in the sewing community and is celebrating its tenth year this year (although this will only be my second year)!
And since MMMay pledges are already popping up on Instagram, I decided to take my April sewing energy and apply it to making my own pledge for 2019.
I want to consider what I’m making; Does it suit my body shape? My personality? Do I have other items I can pair with it? Does it make me feel good? Is the fit right? Can I alter or adapt what I have, me made OR ready to wear, to make things more wearable? Can I be more sustainable in the choices I make and the way that I sew? Phew that’s a lot of questions; the refined version of my pledge is as follows;
I can’t promise I will document every day of May, and if I do manage to it might not be in a timely fashion, but I can’t wait to dive into this challenge and see how different it is from my attempt last year. It’s a great way to discover other sewists on Instagram and see how the sewing community interpret and approach this challenge!
I have also recently purchased The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees, which is a book designed to help refine wardrobe contents to create a unique and personalised wardrobe that is to be cherished. I intend to combine what I learn from this MMMay with my Make Nine list and my personal sewing goals, and then apply the book’s philosophy in the hope I can carve out a clear sewing planner for the upcoming months.
So my pledge is made, my me mades are ready to go - now all that’s left for me to do in April is try and catch up on a couple of un-blogged makes, get my nose stuck into that book and wait for the next sewing window to open!
Are you taking part in me Made May? Let me know what your pledge is, and what you hope to achieve; and don’t forget to follow along on Instagram here!