Me Made May 2016 came and went in a whirlwind of Instagram photos. Daily pics aren’t part of the challenge—just a happy side effect. That #mmmay16 hashtag brings so many great sewing peeps out of the woodworks! And then the last week of May hits and we all commiserate about being sick of taking portraits. Solidarity.
I’m happy to say that I managed to hit my goal of wearing at least one me-made garment each day in May. Here’s what I learned this year:
1). No one needs to know what your innards look like.
I made a linen shirtdress almost two years ago to the date. On the outside, it’s a simple, pretty floral piece that looks decent with a belt. On the inside, it’s a hot mess of unfinished raw edges. Guess what? Nobody noticed. Nobody had to say, “Excuse me, but your dress is literally falling apart at the seams.”
That dress is a reminder to harness some of the reckless abandon with which I used to attack sewing projects as a newbie. It’s also a happy reminder that I’ve actually learned a thing or two over the past couple years.
2). I’m scared to make real pants.
Me Made May exposes gaps in your handmade wardrobe. Last year I realized that the only pants I made were loungewear, and I vowed to “make more bottoms”—or something like that. The thing is, I’ve always had a hard time finding pants that fit. I’m pretty sure that the distance between my belly button and my crotch is three times longer than that of a normal person. When I find a pair of pants that fit, I wear them until they fall apart.
The thought of spending hours (months, days?!) fitting, muslining, and sewing a pair of pants is daunting. I get exhausted just thinking about it. Can anyone recommend any woven pants patterns that they really love? Or any inspirational quotes for a reluctant pants-maker? Should I just give up and continue buying my beloved Cheap Monday jeans?
3). Free patterns are some of my favorite patterns.
And that’s all I’ve got until next year’s challenge! Did you take part this year?
P.S. I’ve developed quite a backlog of sewing projects to share (Cardamome Dress, Negroni Shirt, Hollyburn Skirt, Bantam Top, Willow Tank), so keep an eye out!