Reflections on Me Made May 2014

Posted on | June 2, 2014 | No Comments

With my first Me Made May completed, I wanted to write up a little recap of my thoughts for the month and how the challenge worked out for me. Even though I didn’t post too many pictures on my Instagram feed, I can tell you that I faithfully met my proposed challenge of wearing three me made pieces every week. On some weeks, I even surpassed that number. Some days I even wore a completely me made outfit. Since this was my first year, I kept the challenge fairly flexible because the last thing I need is one more stressful thing in my life.

Makes for May

This month I also completed three pieces of clothing. Macaron, a pleated skirt, and my first knit t-shirt made the month of May my most productive sewing month yet! My new skirt saw the most wear, appearing every week since it was completed.

What I Learned

It really is easier than I thought to include garments I have made into my normal rotation if I stop to think about it for a minute. I am a creature of habit and it’s so easy to reach for my favorite pair of jeans, a t-shirt and sweater and be done with it. This month took me a little outside my comfort zone and forced me to be a little more creative with my choices. Since I pledged not to purchase any new clothes this year, this month has taught me that even though I don’t have many pieces that I have sewn, I managed to come up with a good selection of outfits. Just goes to show how you can do a lot with just a little.

What About The Knits?

My sweaters actually formed a core part of my outfits for the month. While my sewn selection is fairly small, my collection of sweaters is not. It was nice that the weather cooperated for the most part permitting me to enjoy the cooler weather and allow me to layer my knitwear. I also wore many of my book projects for the first time, which was quite exciting. The two sweaters that got the most love were my Magnolia Cafe Cardigan from Metropolitan Knits and the Solstice Cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald (unblogged). One cardigan is oatmeal and the other is grey which made it very easy to pair them with everything!

What to Focus on Going Forward

Participating in this project did help me to realize where there are gaps in my handmade wardrobe or what I should definitely make more of. Dresses are a given because they are so easy to wear, but I was surprised how skirts are starting to replace my jeans on a daily basis. I would also like to knit a few more neutral colored cardigans. While I love to mix up my color palette when knitting, what it really comes down to is how often I’m able to wear my knits with other things. I’ve always been obsessed with heather grey, so now is my chance to knit all the grey I could possibly ever want without feeling guilty or boring. Finally, I could also use some more knit shirts and a nice spring coat.

If you participated in Me Made May, I’d love to hear how it went for you. If not, do you think you might entertain the idea of participating next year? I’d love to see more knitwear in my Instagram feed!

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