Saturday, May 31, 2014

Me-Made-May: Week 5

Well, there you have it. My first Me-Made-May is over and done with. I signed up because I thought it would be fun and challenging, but I had no idea how invigorating it would be! Over the course one month, I wore a piece of handmade clothing every day, sewed with voile for the first time, graded and altered a pattern for the first time, discovered a new favorite pattern and made three shirts! Perhaps even more impressive, I noticed a shift in my attitude towards clothes. Instead of thinking “I want to buy that,” I now catch myself thinking “I want to make that.” Instead of feeling like I have nothing to wear because I don’t like how I look in ready-to-wear clothes, now I can easily pull together a week’s worth of outfits that make me feel confident and proud of my accomplishments. That shift in attitude is one I am very happy with.

Of all the different aspects of this challenge, it was the daily photographs that I found most difficult. I was fortunate than my incredibly patient husband was willing to snap a few smartphone photos of me every day as we left the house. There were a couple days when our mornings were just too hectic to remember or care about the picture, but we always managed to squeeze one in before nightfall. Looking back at the pictures, it’s fascinating to see how the light in the front yard changed from day to day and from morning to late afternoon. Viewing the month’s pictures also reveals holes in my spring/summer wardrobe.

At the conclusion of this month, I’m happy with how I did, and I’m excited to continue my handmade wardrobe journey. Who knows, maybe for next year’s Me-Made-May, I’ll be wearing knits and pants! One can only hope.

Sunday, May 25, 2014: Grey Eyelet Wiksten Tank
Monday, May 26, 2014: Simply Style Belcarra Blouse (not yet blogged)
Tuesday, May 27, 2014: Pearl Bracelet Wiksten Tank
Wednesday, May 28, 2014: Celebration Belcarra Boulse (not yet blogged)
Thursday, May 29, 2014: Twinkle Twinkle Wiksten Tank
Friday, May 30, 2014: Simply Style Belcarra Blouse (not yet blogged)
Saturday, May 31, 2014: Cattitude Wiksten Tank



  1. This is SO impressive, Rachel! I'm so proud of you for all sorts of reasons! Love the mosaic with every day - how fun is THAT!!? Congrats on a great May!!

  2. Well done!!!!! Your me-mades are wonderful and you should feel so damn proud of yourself. I wish you an awesome year of making and I look forward to seeing your expanded self-stitched clothing range next year (including knits and trousers!!!) xx