Saturday, 26 April 2014

Me Made May '14

Um, how did we get to May again? This can only mean one thing, many of us will be spending next month wearing our handmade clothes as part of Me Made May. 


I thought long and hard about taking part this year. I really wanted to join in and was all set for repeating last year's challenge but upping the number of days I wore handmade. Then I read Zoe's post. I wear handmade more days than not. Do I wear all of my handmade items? No. I have 38 handmade items hung in my wardrobe and another two in my alteration pile. I guess I wear about 75% of them regularly. Suddenly the challenge became clear:

"I, Claire of, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear each item I have made during May"

The aim is to work out whether I have been sewing the right items. Have I been choosing the right patterns, the correct fabric, styling the items to show them off well? If I don't wear an item, why not? Is there something that I can change/alter/add to make me love it more? 

There are a couple of items that I am excluding. As much as I would love to be able to wear shorts in May, I don't see it being warm enough so they are excused. I also won't include my newsboy hat - I know I love it and the weather is too warm now.  

I don't know if I will be able to get a photo each day and I really don't want the pressure of visually recording the month. However, I will record how I feel about each item after wearing it for a day and do a full round up of some sort at the end of the month. Who knows, this may just be the push I need to complete the Colette Wardrobe Architect!

Are you joining in? If so, what's your challenge? 


  1. Fab challenge! My handmade wardrobe is still on the small side, but there are two things that I have made that I never wear at all (do you remember that green cotton dress?). However, those two garments were actually the very first two things I made, so I guess I learned the lesson: invest your time in clothes that you are likely to wear! I think you are doing a pretty good job at this... every time I see you you are wearing something you made, and you have a knack for choosing patterns that look great on you!

  2. That's an excellent and useful challenge, I'm looking forward to reading your comments about how wearable you find your makes. Good luck with it.

  3. I am also trying to get my head round wardrobe architect in MMM - I have been following it and have lots of ideas about the silhouettes that work for me but keep sewing random things that don't fit! I really need to focus on a few summer basics. Good luck with yours!


  4. I think a few of us will be following your example Claire - and trying to work out what works and what doesn't. I think that we all spend time testing different styles out before we get a feel for what works. It's also good to test the waters and see what else might work with new patterns and materials - your Dolly Clackett dress is a good example - it looks great, quite different from your earlier garments - but again, you probably wouldn't want too many very patterned garments in your wardrobe as you couldn't mix and match.


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