So, do you actually wear the clothes you spend time creating? Personally, I often find it too easy to find fault in my newly completed creations and at times used to shove them in a drawer and allow myself to be quickly distracted by the next project. But thankfully eventually, the ratio of drawer-fillers to wearable items began to shift. I also learnt to forgive some of their imperfections as enjoying the thrill of wearing something that I made myself overpowered the self-conscious flaw-obsessing. Gradually, I found that an increasing number of the clothes I relied upon day to day were actually fruits of my own sewing machine.
It was the desire to celebrate and solidify that shift, and further develop the relationship I have with my handmade clothing (not to mention a healthy dose of hero-worship inspired by Natalie and her Makeshift project) that led me to conceive of and realise my Me-Made-March project. For the whole month I wore only clothing I made myself, excluding bras, socks, tights and shoes, and documented each day on my blog. It was a very interesting experience, if at time a little cold, repetitive or frustrating!
What excited me most were the supportive and lovely comments that I received, particularly the ones that informed me I had inspired them to sew, and of course wear, more of their own clothing. However, when I looked at the ‘documentation’ of that month, I felt that often I wasn’t really reflecting much of myself (or at least a facet of myself) in my appearance. In short, I could do better. So I have decided to do it again, only this time bigger, brighter, more colourful and more fun; enter the Me-Made-May challenge!
The other difference between this new challenge and March’s version is that I am sending out the call to anyone who wishes to participate along with me. Over thirty creative people have already signed up to take on the challenge. Some plan to apply the same ‘rules’ as I will, some will be following Me-Made-May-Lite by wearing one item of handmade clothing each day and others will complete a different, gentler, version of the challenge, such as wearing one handmade item each day for a week or only at the weekends. If you feel like a challenge that will encourage you to reach for the handmade rather than shop bought more often, why don’t you join us?
What type of challenge you wish to undertake may depend on how long you have been sewing and/or how many handmade garments you already own, or whether you wish to include refashioned items or even handmade jewellery. However you may personally wish to interpret it, it would be great to have you come on board!