Last month I participated (kinda) in Me-Made-May, an online challenge created by Zoe of SoZo blog. Here's a bit from Zoe's blog about the ins and outs:
Me-Made-May is a challenge designed toencourage peoplewho make their own clothes to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe. You set the specifics of your own challenge to make it suitable and useful for YOU. However, one very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May.
This challenge is crazy popular in the sewing community on Instagram - the hashtag #memademay has over 166,000 posts from makers all over the world.
I really wanted to take part in this community that's inspired me so much with my own sewing journey. Plus, it couldn't have come at a better time. I think forcing myself to participate - which for me meant addressing my sizing issues and taking photos of myself - was a productive distraction to have in the middle of the pandemic. It made me feel part of a community that is kind and encouraging. And it made me more compassionate towards myself.
Participating in this challenge gave me a huge boost of focused sewing energy. It forced me to look at my body from a different perspective. I've learned so much about how to read patterns - with indifference to numbers and shapes!
I mentioned above that I kinda participated... I think I made it through a full week of documenting my small stack of handmade garments. :) but hey - a week is all it took to get me on a roll!
Now on to the slideshow:
This is a modified Wiksten Top- I added a little "v" to the neck line. The fabric is cotton double gauze from Topstitch ATL.
The Donovan skirt. Can't wait to make more of these. I used the same linen we stock in our base clothsbut in navy. The bottom hem is decked out in The Small Circle bias binding, because I just can't resist! :)
This is the Esme Tunic from Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style. I figured out a full bust adjustment on this one and it fits perfectly. The fabric is a remnant of Pine in Indigo on Bisque Linen. And wouldn't you know - The Small Circle bias binding is hiding on the seams.
Fabric for the shorts is Essex Linen from Topstitch ATL. I used Daisy Pinstripe printed in Mallow on our Light Weight base cloth for the tank. It's quite structured, but I like this in a cropped tank. FYI - if you're using our hemp/organic base cloths for garment sewing, they have very little drape!
Thanks for following along with my sewing journey! I'm continuing to work towards a handmade wardrobe and I plan on keeping you posted on what I'm making here. Till soon!