Me Made May



For the last two years I’ve watched other bloggers take the Me Made May pledge, and followed through the month as they’ve rocked their handmade wardrobe in a really public way (so many people post daily outfit pictures during the month, which feels like a more public way to dress than just to wear your clothes and go about your day). Last year I really wanted to join in, but I knew I didn’t have the wardrobe to do so; this year I think I’m right on the cusp. I have a few skirts, a few tops, one lightweight cardigan, a dress, and some accessories. I’m not sure it’s really enough to get my through the whole month, but I’m going to try (and I plan to add to the tally as I go along).

Technically, I think I’m too late to make the official pledge, but I don’t care. Having a largely handmade wardrobe is a slow process, so maybe deciding to pledge can also be slow. I want to make this month as thoughtful and useful as possible, so I took my time thinking about what I wanted to get out of it, and here’s what I’ve come up with.

First, I want to really assess my handmade wardrobe. It’s small, so there are lots of holes, but I want to get a real sense of what works and what doesn’t, so I know what to add going forward. I also want to be really aware of what I’ve made so far, how those garments fit, and how they make me feel, because I don’t want to spend time making things unless those things are going to make me feel great later.

Second, I’ve been slowing thinking about my wardrobe in a more holistic sense (hence all those links last week), and I think this will help. I’m not sure how to explain it exactly, but I want to be less haphazard about how I dress. It’s not that I think I dress badly, but I think I can definitely be more thoughtful, and the idea of putting each outfit out into the world will force me to dress in a way that I’m proud of every day. This isn’t about dressing up, but it’s more about being more precise in my choices, and even if my actual outfits don’t change much in the end (I will probably always gravitate toward jeans + t-shirt + cardigan, and I’m okay with that), I at least want to know that I’m dressing a certain way by choice and not out of habit. (Does that make sense?)

So, here we go:

I, Angela, am signing up for Me Made May 2015 with the goal of building an outfit around something Me-Made 5 days a week (this means a pair of socks won’t cut it, but a great shawl might). I will endeavour to post a photo each day on Instagram.

Left to right: My one and only successful Wiksten Tank, with Grace; and my Shaelyn shawl with New Girl.

Left to right: My one and only successful Wiksten Tank, with Grace; and my Shaelyn shawl with New Girl.

I am surprisingly excited about this challenge, especially since L and I are going away for 10 days and I have no idea how a me-made wardrobe will work for our trip (about which, more later). I’m not going to do weekly roundups, but I will do a sum-up post at the end of the month. Is anyone else doing Me Made May this year? What do you think of this whole thing? (Honestly, as a knitter, I think Me Made March would be way easier to commit to).

9 thoughts on “Me Made May

  1. Corinne

    During winter I wore lots and lots of handmade stuff and I really enjoyed that. On some days I wore 3 or 4 knitted things at the same time, like socks, a cardigan, a scarf, mitts and a hat. As the temperatures are getting warmer I don’t find as many opportunities to wear woolly things anymore. I guess I’d have to start sewing to be able to participate in this challenge, even though I really like the idea…

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      That was always my problem too. I’ve been slowly increasing my sewing output (and skill), so I think I’m finally ready. In the winter though, this challenge would be a piece of cake!

  2. Kepanie

    This is a terrific goal to have. I don’t know how to sew unfortunately and right now our family is in slow transition. I will have fun watching your progress.

  3. Kat

    I’d love to be able to do it someday, but as a knitter May is really difficult-I live in South Dakota, so it’s already summer here! But hopefully by next year I’ll have sewn some more and will be able to participate some 🙂

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      I totally understand! Thinking about this challenge has made me very aware of how seasonal my knitwear is, which is crazy because I knit year-round! I’m going to try and knit at least one linen top this year, but I definitely need more.

  4. Kristina

    Love your daily photos! Every year I think of participating in MMM but never did it so far – I did so much wardrobe purging lately that I fear I don’t have enough handmade items and my knitted cardigans are too warm in May. Well, maybe next year 😉 I really enjoy following yours and everyone elses photos though 🙂

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