About Me-Made-May

**IF YOU WISH TO SIGN UP FOR #MMMAY17, PLEASE VISIT THIS BLOG FROM 1ST APRIL 2017**

What is Me-Made-May? 

Me-Made-May is a challenge that I organise annually that is designed to encourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to actually wear and love them. They have been taking place for six years now and they work on both personal and community levels. The participants decide the specifics of their own challenge pledge, so that the month is appropriate and challenging for them (more on this below). For example, a very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May. The participants can also choose to document their challenge with daily photos (though this is in no way compulsory for taking part) and share them with other participants (more on this below).


What isn't Me-Made-May? 

  • The Me-Made-May challenges are NOT about taking daily outfit photographs. However, many participants do choose to document their challenge with daily/weekly/as-often-as-you-like photos and share them on their blog if they have one or on Flickr, Pinterest or Instagram. The challenge is about wearing your handmade clothing more often than you usually do, if you choose to take documentation photos, then that is fabulous and we'd love to see 'em, but taking photos isn't necessary or compulsory and really isn't the point of the challenge. 
  •  Me-Made-May also isn't reason to panic-sew/make anything. This challenge is about wearing the items that you have already created, not about stock-piling more makes. However, if you want to use taking part in the challenge as the kick in the butt you need to finally hem that half-finished skirt, or rework an ill-fitting garment, then great. Remember, this challenge is meant to be fun, and panic-anything isn't fun! 
  • Me-Made-May isn't a competition. It doesn't matter how many self-stitched items you already have or haven't. You can take part even if you just have one solitary self-made item! You just need to set your pledge to make it challenging for YOU, no matter what criteria other participants have set themselves. 

I haven't taken part in any of these before, why should I take part? 


  • Do your handmade items often get left in the wardrobe rather than worn as part of your everyday wardrobe? Participating in this challenge can give you a bit of a nudge to help you to integrate your self-stitched items into your daily life. 
  • This challenge may also be useful for discovering the 'holes' in your wardrobe so in the future you are able to focus your precious garment-creating time towards making things that will be useful. 
  • If you feel that what you tend to wear, day-to-day, doesn't really suit you or represent who you are, this challenge is a way to spend a month focussing on getting out of your wardrobe rut. 
  • You may enjoy an excuse to focus on finishing off lingering UFOs (un-finished objects), or to start a project you've had on your mind for ages. 
  • If you have been creating clothing for some time and already wear a lot of your me-mades, this challenge might help you to bring newer self-stitched items into regular rotation. 
  • If you tend to make all kinds of garments, you may even want to see if you can get by all month entirely without shop-bought garments. 
  • There is also guaranteed to be a lovely online community of fellow participants to give support, advice and inspiration. 


I've taken part in these in the past, why should I take part next year? 

Did you enjoy it last time/the previous times you took part?

If the answer is 'Yes': Then you'll have lots of fun again this year, whilst challenging yourself in a different way and learning something new about yourself and your style/skills/preferences/wardrobe. You just need to think about how you can alter and/or amp up your pledge specifics to get the most out of this year's challenge.

If the answer is 'No': Well if that's a 'no' because the challenge you set yourself was too hard, then that is easily rectified this time round; set your pledge so that it is tricky but do-able. If it's a 'no' because you didn't enjoy the pressure you felt to take photos each day, then simply don't worry about documenting your challenge with photos. You'll learn lots of lessons and get satisfaction from taking part in the challenge and completing your pledge, not from the documentation of it (although some participants have found that seeing the daily images of themselves has really helped them figure out what garments suit them and what doesn't work so well). If you'd like to do a little bit of documenting, then why not just photograph your favourite outfit/garment you wore at the end of the week, or some other version that doesn't make you feel under pressure? But seriously, if you didn't like taking part in it and don't want to try again, fair enough!


Ok, you've convinced me, how do I sign up? 

Come back to this blog between 1st and 30th April 2017 (although hopefully you will before then too!) when the signing up period is open. You will be asked to copy and paste a pledge into the comments section of the sign-up post. You will fill in the blanks of that pledge with your name, blog name (if you have one), and the specifics of your individual pledge. If you find that you struggle to think of what to pledge, the comments section will have many many examples that other people have come up that may provide inspiration for your own. That sign-up post will include more information about the challenge and all the social media links. The official hashtag for Twitter and Instagram will be #mmmay16.


If you are concerned or confused about any aspect of this challenge, please email me at sozoblog (at) g mail (dot) com. I hope you'll be taking part in May 2017!

44 comments:

Francesca Atelier Vicolo N° 6 said...

'I, Francesca (my blog: www.ateliervicolon6.jimdo.com' and IG atelier_vicolo_n_6), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavour to wear at least one me-made garment each day for the duration of May 2016.

Chloe said...

I, Chloe of Button and Needle (buttonandneedle.blogspot.ca), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I will wear each of my seasonally appropriate garments at least once during the month of May. If they don't get worn, I will donate/sell/recycle them at the end of the month!

Lucy Baker said...

AArrgghhh - can't believe I nearly missed sign-up!



'I, Lucy, of luckybearnorfolk (www.luckybearnorfolk.com), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavour to wear something I have made, altered or refashioned each day for the duration of May 2016'

I hope I do better than last year!

Good luck everyone!

fabrichoarder said...

I, Dawn of wwwsoundtracktosewing.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I will try to wear one sewn/refashioned garment per day. I am including accessories and jewellry. I will be very proud of myself if I make it through (fingers crossed)

Sarah said...

Yes! I Sarah of https://studio63designs.blogspot.com sign up as a participant of mmmay16 and will seek to wear one handmade or up cycled garment or accessory each day. Let's go!

Catinthehat2 said...

I Nikki (IG itchycoopark23) sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May 16 and pledge to wear one handmade item (clothes, accessories, jewellery) each day during May 2016.

Tasha said...

I, Natasha (IG Tashalasha1), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavour to wear at least one me-made or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May 2016.

Rae Cumbie said...

I, Rae of Sew! Lets Get Dressed at www.fitforartpatterns.com sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May'16 and pledge to wear at least on handmaid item everyday during May 2016 and to sew at least one piece of stash fabric into a garment or acccessory each week of May 2016.

Kate Lanier said...

I, Kate (mademoiselleeuphrasie.blogspot.com IG laurakatel), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavour to wear at least one me-made garment or accessory each day and sew at least one garment a week during May 2016.

(just a tad past midnight, hope that's okay!)

Anonymous said...

Might have it too late to sign up officially but happy Made me May and I am off to see the Dixie Chicks at the O2 in London wearing my up-cycled cardigan (all old charity shop clothes) using the Wembley Seamark pattern so i am inspired and in the spirit.
Best May to you all.
Bee Works

Unknown said...

I, Laura of saltandstitch.com sign up as a participant (late entry? whoops!) of Me-Made-May 2016. I endeavor to wear at least two me made items everyday, and to work on sewing basic essentials for the month of May - at least one a week.

ellinoora said...

I, ellinoora, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May 2016. I will try to wear a me-made or me-refashioned item every day, and to finally fix two dresses which need new zippers to make them wearable again.

Also fingers crossed the weather will be nice!

TheFrustratedNester said...

Sorry if it's too late, but I, Catriona of thefrustratednester.com (IG thefrustratednester) pledge to make the leap from cushions to clothes by making at least one garment I want to wear by the end of May - keepin' it achievable!

Rosy Henderson said...

I, Rosy of revolutionrosy.wordpress.com (IG rosyposy87) come late to the party, as ever, but pledge to endeavour to wear at least one item every day during May that I have either made myself (not many yet - a beginner!), mended or adjusted, inherited from a dressmaking forebear (mother, grandmother), acquired from a charity shop, or that I know to be Fair Trade - I have many of these. Fingers crossed and good luck to all participating!

Juliana said...

I, Juliana, (www.instagram.com/hibernatingaquerne) am totally late to this but pledge to wear a homemade item each day during May. I'm not sure I have enough to make it, but we'll see!

francesca said...

Hopefully not too late:
I, Francesca, (IG: @the_white_gardenia TUMBLR: @mad-dame-zou) pledge to wear a homemade or refashioned item each day during May.

Emma Gedge said...
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Emma Gedge said...

Well, I think I'm in! I do tend to wear my makes anyway, but I'm interested in seeing how often I do and what I choose most often...
My pledge is to try and wear something made by me as often as is practicable...and I'll try to blog at http://bookworm-airhead.blogspot.co.uk/

1 May 2016 at 16:45 Delete

Lilly said...

Hey, this is starting today and so am I! I pledge to wear clothes I made on the weekends (since I still don't have enough for a whole month). ;) Cheers and thanks for organizing this!

Yavanna Reynolds said...

HELLO! I hope I am not too tardy to the party. I hadn't come here to officially pledge, but I announced a couple weeks ago to my instagram following my intention to participate.

I pledge that during the month of May I will strive to wear a homemade item at least 3 days a week. I do not quite have enough items to wear everyday, but I will strive to have more days than not.

I also pledge to create at least one new dress or tunic to wear during the month.

I also pledge that time permitting, I will create more things for both myself and my family to wear during the month. I do not want to pledge more, because I want to make sure I can actually complete this challenge.

AndreaKnits said...

This will be my first time, but I'd like to participate! I'm Andrea Rangel (www.andreaknits.com, Instagram: @andrearknits). I love the idea of an all-handmade wardrobe (except for shoes - haven't learned to cobble yet), so I'm going to wear something handmade every day in May. I really, really love making, so this month I'm going to slow down and be more mindful of what I'm making to avoid creating an excessive, unnecessary wardrobe. Thanks for hosting!

Cut&Alter said...

I, Abigail of cut&alter (cutandalter.blogspot.co.uk IG @cutandalter)sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May 16 and pledge to wear one handmade item (clothes, accessories, jewellery) each day during May 2016.

I also pledge to make at least one other hand made item for ME that I can wear!

Only just found this challenge and love the sound of it and am really looking forward to participating and seeing what others are wearing!

smmczyk said...


I just found out about this today and would like to participate, so ..

I, Sue Manley (@smmczyk) (ineversawapurplecow.wordpress.com), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I will strive to either wear or work on a handmade item each day of May 2016. Thank you for creating this challenge, I'm looking forrward to it!

Etemi said...

I almost decided to take a break this year, but I'm glad I didn't! :)
'I, Etemi, of The Secret Costumier (https://thesecretcostumier.wordpress.com), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavour to only wear clothes that I have made each day for the duration of May 2016, with the exception of jumpers and lingerie.'

Nicole said...

I just found out about this today too, and I would like to take part as well. I hope it's not too late!
I, NIcole, of The Artyologist (http://www.theartyologist.com/), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I don't have many me-made items, but will strive to wear each one at least once throughout the month of May 2016.

Allison said...

I just realized its May first and not April 30th today! soo on that note,
I, Allison of www.fabricbetty.com sign up as a participant of Me Made May 2016. I pledge to either wear or work on a handmade item every day for the month of May! Yay! I am so excited to be a part of this!

badmomgoodmom said...

Oops, I had a busy week and left signups till may 1.
This will be my nth time participating, and it gets easier to wear
something me-made every day each time.

MMM has given me the discipline to actually take into
account my lifestyle when making things.
This saves me time and materials, and produces
less waste. MMM is a great idea.

I'll be posting my pix on instagram, bmgmlax or at http://badmomgoodmom.blogspot.com

Gill Jackson said...

I just discovered this. What a brilliant idea! Would love to pledge if it's not too late.

I, Gill jackson of Cup of Tea and a Yarn (http://cupofteaandayarn.blogspot.co.nz/) pledge to wear something handmade at least 5 times a week for the month of May. Especially to wear those crocheted wraps and shawls that sit in my wardrobe. I also pledge to finish my WIP's including those 2 dresses and those 2 cardi's.

Sarah Liz said...

Signing up. I plan to wear as many of my Me Mades as possible during May - I will be posting on both Instagram and my blog, www.sarahlizsewstyle.blogspot.com, once a week, with a summary at the end of the month. I will then have a better idea of how I actually look in real life, and also will have a better idea of what I need in my wardrobe. It's taken me three years to get to the point where I might have enough Me Mades to even consider Me Made May. Thanks for hosting again.

Monkey said...

I'm late but really want to sign up for Me Made May. I'll wear my handmade clothes throughout May. Plus I'd like to reduce my UFO and mending pile this month. Thanks for hosting this inspirational, celebratory event :-)

Zeens and Roger said...

I'd love to take part in this, am I too late to offcially do it? I will definately pledge to wear as many handmade garments in May that I can dig out of my wardrobe, sort out any dodgy makes to improve them and make them wearable and sew at least one new garment to wear! Thank you.

Lindsay @ 402CenterStreet.blogspot.com said...

I'm late but, I, Lindsay of 402centerstreet.blogspot.com pledge to wear me made clothing at least four days a week for the month of May and to see at least one new garment or finish one UFO.

Camillefromthimble said...

Hello,
I am Camille from Thimble (https://www.facebook.com/thimblestudioswales/) signing up to the challenge. I pledge to dig out all my handmade things and learn something from each item I made. hopefully i'll become a better maybe more realistic sewer in June!

Masha said...

I, Masha of The Itinerant Seamstress (http://itinerant seamstress.blogspot.com) pledge to wear a me made garment at least four times a week. I plan to use this challenge to identify the gaps in my handmade wardrobe and sew a couple items to fill said gaps.

Lorelei said...

I'd love to sign up. I plan to wear as many of "Me Mades" as possible during May - I will be posting on both Instagram and my blog, http://craftsmumship.com What a great idea, thanks for organising and I can't believe this is my first time (and a bit late!).

Melody said...

I'm very late but I'm signing up regardless!

I, Melody of Bourbon and Bras (bourbonandbras.blogspot.co.uk) ledge to wear a me made garment at least three times a week throughout the whole of May. I will post each day on Instagram and each week on my blog, and I will learn more about my style and my sewing throughout.


So excited to actually do it this year!

Rae Cumbie said...

I took the pledge on May 1. Just set up an instagram account to post my outfit everyday https://www.instagram.com/raecumbie/. RAE

Lily Elder said...

I, Lily of Victory Threads, pledge to wear a piece of clothing (or accessory) made, altered, or refashioned by my own two hands for each day in the month of May 2016. I will document my wardrobe and my lessons learned through my Instagram account @victorythreads.

Huzzah!

Anonymous said...

I, Kate, will finish a UFO each week in May and wear it proudly!

80redbows said...

I, Carole of 80redbows(https://80redbows.wordpress.com/), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I have a few Me-Made items and will use the month to be more consious of what I wear and how I wear it so that I can develop a plan of sewing.

1 May 2016 at 22:54

Diane Cullum said...

I, Diane of TwoChicklets.etsy.com, have already been participating in Me-Made-May 2016 but am just now getting around to signing up. I pledge to try to wear at least one Me-made item every day in May, to make more staple pieces for my wardrobe, and to mend at least 4 items in my pile.

Carol Ware said...

I Carol Crocker-Ware of G-CAS! http://www.g-cas.net have been doing the dang thang. I'm just getting around to signing up as well. I'm wearing anything I made and taking pics for the whole month! I'm sewing new stuff too! This challenge is keeping a fire in my sewing room and my closet!

Anonymous said...

woweee, just found this site, and gotta say i love it! i am way way WAY to late for this, but wonder if this is going to be a recurrent event, as i would love to do the next one with you all. Love the site, love the patterns, I will keep an eye to see about signing up next time! thanks so much for the inspration!! :)

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