All The Handmade Clothes

My podcast is not cooperating and I'm trying another way to upload it - but since the computer tells me it still has 1093(!) minutes to go I thought I'd post a round up of my #memademay outfits for week two in the meantime ... #mmmay15 #knittersofinstagraWeek 3 #memademay round up. The temperature is definitely dropping - bring on the hats & shawls!  #mmmay15 #madememay #madebymemay #handmadewardrobe #handmadecloset #memademay is drawing to a close - just a few days to go... I won't be sad to have a break from selfies for a while 😉 Here's a round up of week 4.  #mmmay15 #madememay #madebymemay #handmadecloset #handmadewardrobe #knitting #knittersofig #knittersofUntitled

So, there you have it - My Me Made May 2015. 31 days of handmade clothes. Although I eventually grew slightly tired of taking endless selfies, it was a fun month. I felt quite enthusiastic to fill the gaps I could see in my handmade wardrobe and received so much pleasure and inspiration from seeing what other people were wearing.

I learnt a few things:

- selfies aren't as scary as I thought;
- although it's really hard to look like myself in them;
- I have sewn far more summer clothes than winter clothes;
- you can never have too many hats;
- or shawls;
- or socks;
- I could do with a bit more handmade jewellery;
- I really do wear handmade every. single. day!

I really enjoyed regularly scrolling through the tags #memademay & #mmmay15 on Instagram to see what handmade clothes other people were wearing. Since I had lots of wintery woollens right at hand I was particularly interested to see what sewing patterns might be good additions for my wardrobe. Of course, lots of the clothes were summery as people dressed for warmer weather in the Northern Hemisphere but I found some new people to follow and made a long list of (sewing) patterns I might try.

Here's my list ... have you made any of these?

+ Tova
+ Coco

Some are vague - notes about a whole range of patterns to look at. But most are particular garments. What surprised me most was how many dresses I liked and also, how different they could look in a variety of fabrics and with little modifications. I liked many of the Me Made May versions so much more than I do the original pattern version.

How was your Me Made May? Feeling inspired? Which patterns caught your eye?

Made Me May

Made Me May

In previous years I've watched Made Me May from the sidelines and often thought I should join in the fun because I wear something I've made almost every day. Every day if you count jewellery and bags. 

This year I thought I'd play along too. After all, I'm a huge fan of handmade clothes and bags and ... well, everything! It felt especially relevant this year since I've been doing lots of talking about creating a handmade wardrobe in my monthly newsletters and so many of you have told me how inspired you're feeling about knitting and sewing things for yourselves.

Made Me May was an idea dreamed up by Zoe on her blog So, Zo... What do you know? in 2012. The idea is to wear handmade clothes through the month of May and wear them frequently and with pride. Sounds great doesn't it? It isn't a competition or cause to become stressed and worried that you've not got enough handmade clothes. It's a celebration of handmade and the things you've already made and I love that idea.

I haven't made a specific pledge although I guess I'm secretly aiming to wear handmade clothes every single day in May. I'm documenting my progress with photos that I'm posting to Facebook and Instagram and so far I'm enjoying myself immensely. It's great to take a fresh look at clothes I've made myself and think about how I'll wear them together, how I'll style them and what else I fancy making.

Made Me May

I'm loving seeing what other people are wearing too - it's super inspiring. Check out two hashtags on Instagram: #mmmay15 and #madememay to see all the handmade goodness. It's wonderful how many people are joining in.

It's day 5 today (well it is here in New Zealand - It might still be day 4 where you are!) so you've still got loads of time to join in too. Pull out those handmade bits from your wardrobe and pop them on! Don't forget to wear them with pride!

I've noticing a lack of wintery things in my wardrobe with the weather turning a little cooler and me determined to wear all my handmade things, so I've decided to make a special effort to finish the sweater in my photos (See my Ravelry page for details) and get behind my sewing machine.

I've developed a terrible habit lately of rummaging through my fabric stash and pulling out pieces of fabric I'd like to use, washing them and then folding them in piles near my sewing machine. The piles are starting to get a little out of control! These two bits are on top of my most recent pile. Some gorgeous plum/pink stretch knit that will make a fantastic sweatshirt and some beautiful Marimekko linen that's crying out to be used. I'm thinking it might become a Scout Tee.

So, tell me - are you playing Made Me May?