Apr 24, 2014

Me Made May 2014: There better be a hashtag

Looking in my closet, the me-mades outweigh the store-boughts by about 2 to 1. It makes sense: I don't have any money left for ready-to-wear after spending it all on fabric!


And as someone who sews, blogs about sewing AND teaches sewing, I rarely go a day without wearing something I made myself. Is it partly ego — that I don't want to answer "No" when someone says "Did you make that?" I admit it: yes, I am embarrassed to say "This came from Target". It's also that I want to inspire my students ("Yes, I made this — and you can too!") by showcasing what an at-home sewer can do.

That's why I tend to make items I can wear daily: T-shirts & tanks, blouses, pants, leggings, jackets, sometimes skirts and (very occasionally) dresses. But I do have a few makes that get little love because I can't figure out how to style them. Also, there are a few items I've been meaning to overhaul in the hopes of raising them up to daily-wear status.

And so I was inspired to take part in this year's Me Made May, the 4-year-old sewing blogger challenge begun by So, Zo What Do You Know in which we pledge to wear handmade for the month of May:  
 I, Suzanne of Beau Baby, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade piece of clothing each day for the duration of May 2014. 

In past years I haven't even blogged much in May thanks to my awful Spring allergies (who wants their photo taken when they have a sinus infection and double pinkeye? Not me! And who wants to see that photo? Not you!). But I'm optimistic that a bunch of new meds I'm on will make this May bearable, so I'll be posting daily on my Instagram feed (which you can find here). I'll also be lurking your Me Made May postings, so drop a link in the comments section below and let me know how you will be taking part in this year's Me Made May challenge. We can all stroke our sewing egos together!

15 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see all your work. I will definitely follow you coming may!

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  2. i haven't officially signed up yet, but plan to! there's no way i'll be taking good pics, probably just the mirror selfies on IG (linked on my blog). i think it's great to have a month long handmade celebration!

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    1. Just found you and followed! I'll be doing mirror selfies too, so you won't be the only one!

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  3. i'm doin it, all the cool kids are...

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  4. The funny thing is, I wear something I've made nearly everyday, yet I'm hesitant to join. Why?!?! :)

    Maybe I'll up the ante with no repeats during the week or something...

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    1. I was the same way before...I'm not much of a joiner. But I think it would be a good push for me to wear some things that get no love...also going for the no repeats rule but I'm making no promises otherwise I might end up wearing a curtain and pillow on May 30!

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    2. As long as it's a "me made" curtain and pillow! Hahahahaha!!!!

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  5. That's awesome that you're taking the challenge. I am too but in a much less way. I hope that next year I'll have more me-mades so that I can commit to everyday, but the reality is that I don't. So I'm promising to wear 1 handmade piece a week.

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  6. I think i'm going to try to commit to at least one me made item a week. Sadly my closet is lacking a lot of 'me made' items, but i'm ramping up start sewing a lot more things.

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  7. I've not officially committed yet, but will be. I'm like you - I don't see the point in making things I can't wear on a daily basis and I do wear self made stuff nearly every day so it should be pretty easy (maybe a bit boring though!) but I'll be trying on non-work days to wear my things in different combos or style them differently.....it will be a lot easier this year thanks to perfecting the fit of the Style arc elle trousers.

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  8. Yep, I just signed up too! See ya on IG... ;)

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  9. I think I might have to spend the weekend sewing so I can try MMM14, too!

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