This year I participated in Me-Made-May, and I’ve been holding off on this post until we actually reached the 31st of May.
Me-Made-May is a personal wardrobe challenge with the goal of wearing your handmade items more often or differently.
Here’s what I decided to pledge:
I, Liz Haywood, pledge to wear me-mades every day of May, including at least one item which is zero waste. I will thoughtfully combine my clothes to wear the same things in new ways, and try to wear some of my “going out” clothes when I’m at home.
I will also make one item from Birgitta Helmersson’s new zero waste book from fabric I already have at home.
So how did I go?
- I did wear me-mades every day of May, and only missed 2 days wearing zero waste clothes.
- I tried to wear clothes in different ways. The big revelation was wearing overalls or pinafores with jumpers worn over the top. It makes the overalls or pinafore looks like trousers or a skirt, doubling the number of looks. Pinafores work better than overalls re visiting the smallest room of the house.
- I didn’t do too brilliantly at wearing “going out” clothes around the house, although I did dig out some things I hadn’t worn in years. Obviously there are wise reasons for “at home” clothes, namely comfort, warmth, easy washing and shoe choice, so I didn’t think that pledge through very well 🙂
- I made a shirt from Birgitta Helmersson’s new book and there was at least one mild day where I wore it.
It was a grey, cold May! I think the greyest and coldest since I started doing MMM in 2017, but we’ve had a drought for the past 6 years which broke at the end of 2022. I guess one of the perks of a drought is fine weather and blue skies!
Other reflections: I wear a lot of wool, in all sorts of garments. The dull weather “informed my sartorial choices” and I deliberately wore more bright colours. There’s an almost equal amount of trousers and skirts/dresses wearing.
Here’s a gallery of the month
I started with a week of wearing bright colours, then had a plaid-themed week.