Hi! If you follow me over on Insta, you've probably seen my last few posts there have been about something called Me Made May. (#mmmay2017 & #MeMadeMay are just a couple of the various hashtags I've seen and used.) It's sort of an annual thing that sewers, knitters, and other crafters join in on from all over the world, and it's a really fun way to see what other people have made!
I had to do a little research, and according to this helpful article I found that this challenge, which is "not a competition," is already in its 7th year! I've seen it happening for a couple years but I had no idea it's been going on so long! It was started by a blogger who wanted to encourage people to make things and focus on sustainable wardrobes- I'm hoping to teach myself how to be more resourceful with my clothes and be more flexible with my style!
The neat thing about this is that anyone can join, and you're not required to participate for exactly 31 days or wear something different each day- if you wear a favorite top 3 times in one month, then great! To join the challenge you simply "take the pledge" and most likely share photos of you wearing/modeling your handmade goodies! If you read the article, you'll find that this challenge also isn't about frantically making things just to share- these things could be 10 years old, as long as you made or upcycled them! They can be apparel, accessories, or jewelry- I've seen some really cute throw pillows and baby clothes in this challenge, too. I think it's just a great way to encourage people to embrace making things and to share their work. I love it!
Just for fun, here's the original pledge provided by Zoe the blogger behind all this:
'I, Zoe of 'So, Zo...' blog and @sozoblog, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '17. I endeavour to wear all me-made clothing (excluding bras, socks, tights and footwear) each day for the duration of May 2017'
Day 1. I learned that #MeMadeMay was happening after I got dressed on May 1st, but I wore my new self-drafted and handmade sleep set the night before. The top is actually a halter! The whole set is made in a soft rayon blend and assembled entirely with the serger for a nice, professional finish inside and out.
Day 2. This grey striped dress is one of my favorites, and it's getting very worn because I reach for it all the time! I'm definitely a tunic-and-leggings type of girl, (and I often substitute skinny jeans for the leggings part of the formula.) It's such an easy, modest combo that works for everyday so well. This dress is long enough for my taste that I can wear it without leggings or tights when it gets warmer. There's even an attached lining!! I assembled this dress entirely with a serger and finished the seams with a double needle top stitch, my current favorite finish.
Day 3. This is one of my favorites as well. It's white linen- usually a scary fabric for me and a hassle when worrying about see-through issues- but because of the colorful hand embroidery, I don't have to wear a cami underneath! (Pro Tip: the plain weave of linen also makes a mighty fine canvas for first-time embroiderers!) This is sleeveless but you can see the shoulders are wide, so I don't have to worry about bra straps either! Don't you love my super awkward bathroom selfie? You'll see that for a lot of participants of this challenge a main concern is that we usually end up having to take selfies- something we don't normally do when we're constantly making things for other people! :)
So, that's #MeMadeMay! Have you made anything recently? A sweater for your dog, an afghan, or a throw pillow? Or maybe an infinity scarf or a scrunchie? You should share it on Instagram! Or if you're just curious to see what others are up to, go ahead and search these hashtags: #MeMadeMay, #MMMay17, #MeMadeMay17, or any other iteration- like I mentioned, there are a few variants of this hashtag, but simply #MeMadeMay definitely has the most posts attached to it (31,672 posts!)