Up for the challenge: Me-Made-May!

For the entire month of March, Zoe wore only things she had made herself, in a self-imposed challenge called ‘Me-Made-March.’ I read her blog daily to check out her handmade outfits, admiring both her dedication and sewing skills!

Now, her next challenge is ‘Me-Made-May’ and she’s invited her readers to join her! It couldn’t come at a better time, because A) I have lots of skirts and dresses and summer-inspired clothing I’ve made, and B) I want to make conscious choices to wear the things I’ve made, over things I’ve purchased.

Why am I so excited to follow along? Well, I’ve been thinking about slowly replacing my purchased clothing with items I’ve made myself. Also, when I’m out there in the world, I love talking about my passion for sewing. Yet people inevitably ask me “Oh, did you make that dress you’re wearing?” and I sheepishly say no. I look like a phony, and I find myself wishing I’d put on one of my cute handmade dresses or skirts that day.

And it’s so easy to fall into a style rut. I have a closet full of pretty handmade items, yet show up in jeans and a blouse at work most of the time just because it’s easy.

It also inspires me to try sewing things outside my comfort zone of dresses, skirts, blouses. If I want to wear pants, I’ll have to make them. I volunteered for the ‘Lite’ Version of Me-Made-May, which means I have to wear at least one thing I made every day. During Zoe‘s month of March, she ONLY wore things she made herself, including sleepwear! Luckily I have a whole month to prepare and start sewing like a madwoman!

The picture above is a blouse I made last fall, which I have worn quite a few times and will probably incorporate into Me-Made-May at some point…

Stay tuned as I prepare for the challenge ahead!


7 Responses to Up for the challenge: Me-Made-May!

  1. Erica April 7, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Lovely blouse! I would love to be able to do this with Zoe as well but don’t have enough things to wear, even for the ‘lite’ version unless I wear the same things everyday and I don’t think I have enough skill to sew pretty much a whole wardrobe by then!

  2. Zoe April 8, 2010 at 1:50 am #

    Yay! Great to have you on board Tasia! I love what you wrote about trying to replace your purchased garments with handmade ones, and your motivations for doing so. I completely relate to the feeling of NOT wearing anything handmade when you are get asked about it, and LOVE it when I can say ‘yes, I made this’! Such a buzz! Thanks so much for the links and clearly being such a positive member of the Me-Made-May Support Group! x

  3. Sofia April 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    Love the blouse! So great! How come I’ve never seen this before???

  4. Tasia April 13, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    Thanks Zoe for the support and for leading such an exciting challenge!
    Sofia, I don’t know why you haven’t seen it…but I do wear it at work a lot! If you like it, you can borrow the pattern :)

  5. Ali April 17, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    Lovely post! I’ve signed on for the Lite version too and am looking forward to following your progress.

    I had to laugh when you said that people ask whether you sewed what you’re wearing and have to admit that you didn’t. I have the opposite reaction, I ask, “Why? Is it obvious? Does it look handmade?” Sometimes I think (I hope) it’s all in my head–because I know each stitch that went awry though they can’t see it at all. To May! :)

  6. Sandy July 6, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    Can you please tell me which pattern you used for the blouse? Is it a basic blouse with a separate tie/belt? Thanks so much. Your blog is inspiring!

  7. Tasia July 7, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    @Sandy: Hi Sandy! It’s Simplicity 2807, a Project Runway series pattern. I bought it two years ago or more, and you’re right, it’s a basic blouse with a tie belt. You can also wear the tie belt as a bow around the neck – like a faux bow-tied blouse. Hope this helps!