Last week I was tagged on YouTube and Instagram by the wonderful Laura @sewingfrommystash for #memademaylessons which is a challenge to answer 7 questions after doing Me Made May. During the month of May I wrote a few blog posts about it but I thought it would be really fun to answer the questions below because sometimes you don’t really think about something in a certain way until someone askes you a question and it makes you think, well that is how I am anyway. Laura also made the comment she thought I was stylish. That just spun my mind out completely!!! I don’t feel stylish, I am a dag!
The 7 questions are –
- What prompted you to join MMMay this year?
- What percentage of Me Made clothes do you have in your closet?
- Do you still buy RTW? If so, has sewing changed the amount that you purchase?
- Did you learn anything new about your Me Made clothing by joining the challenge?
- Did you find anything difficult whilst participating in the challenge?
- What do you feel was the best about the challenge? Or lessons learned for you if any
- Will you join the challenge again?
Thanks Laura for the tag so here goes!
1. What prompted you to join MMMay this year?
I had watched it in previous years and it looked like a fun personal challenge. This year I had more garments in my wardrobe that I had sewn/knitted/crocheted so I felt like I had enough to actually complete the month without wearing the same item several times in a week which is what I normally do. My challenge was to wear items to work each day which I had been doing for a number of months but I hadn’t taken much notice of it so I wanted to be more aware of what I was wearing. I normally don’t put much thought into what I will wear the next day I just grab something placing it ready to get dressed. I wanted to see if I could actually make proper outfits from all the bits that I have made up over time.
2. What percentage of Me Made clothes do you have in your closet?
My clothing is broken into several categories – tops, bottoms (pants/skirts), underwear, gym gear, pjs
Tops – Only about 10% of my tops are me made at this stage but it is an area I want to increase with me made to replace existing RTW. All my current fittied RTW tops I call my “work shirts” which limits how I feel about wearing them as I don’t want to wear “work wear” on weekends. I want to make tops that I feel I can wear any day of the week.
Bottoms – 90% of my skirts are me made, I only have 2 RTW skirts I wear now. Confession my old RTW skirts are still in my house as I just haven’t done the cleanout yet but I don’t consider them in my wardrobe as I don’t wear them.
Underwear – 5% undies me made the rest RTW, bras aren’t even on the radar to be made
Gym gear – 50% me made. My gym top is me made my bike pants are RTW
Pjs – 60% me made, most of my tops are me made and I have a summer pj skirt but all my pants for both summer and winter are RTW
3. Do you still buy RTW?
I have just brought a couple of new bras as I won’t even try making them. I am looking at making different undie patterns but I may have to buy some RTW if I don’t get sewing before I need them. I have never been a big shopping person and only will go into a shop for clothing if I need to replace an item. Generally I have enough clothing already both me made and RTW that I don’t need to go clothing shopping, I hold onto clothing for a very long time if I like it. I need to replace my winter coat at the end of this season so I may have to go and purchase one if I don’t get one done in time for next year. Last year I was desperate for pants and I realised how much I didn’t like going and trying clothes on in a shop. I made one pair of pants (still not blogged yet) so I can get by for a while now without having to shop again for them. When I go to a shopping mall (about once a month) I don’t go near the clothing shops or the clothing section of a store as I don’t need anything so I don’t even window shop.
4. Did you learn anything new about your Me Made clothing by joining the challenge?
From this challenge I learnt that a few of my items look pretty good just like RTW items. I actually surprised a few work collogues who are used to me only making toys when they commented on my clothing and I casually said “yeah I made it” I realised that I really get a buzz out of wearing me made items. If I think I am going to have a bad day throw some me made items on before I leave the house and I can look at those if I need a moment to calm myself or just be ok. I didn’t realise what such a confidence booster me made items were. I also discovered how much I love wearing my Granville skirt which is a white skirt I made a few months ago. Before I would run from a white skirt but I like it and have worn it lot so maybe I need to start challenging myself and picking colours that are not just plain blues for my me made clothing.
5. Did you find anything difficult whilst participating in the challenge?
I have a tendency to wear skirts and pants multiple times before I wash them if they aren’t obviously dirty. I was wearing the same skirts most of the month and had to keep looking up Instagram to see what day I wore items the week before so I didn’t inevitably create a “Tuesday skirt” and wear the same item each week on the same day. I had skirts in my wardrobe I didn’t wear because I still had skirts out that were ok to wear before wash time and I couldn’t justify pulling out another item. I was struggling to change to what top or scarf I wore with each skirt so it wouldn’t be the same outfit combination each time. Up until the start of May I had never even thought of outfit combinations because I am a dag and just grab what ever to wear together. I think the lack of me made tops made me feel a little desperate too and I ended up wearing tops under my work jumper I don’t normally like just because I felt I needed a me made item that day. I was doing a daily photo on Instagram of my outfits and trying to not make my photos look the same each time I wore an outfit was a little challenging. I am not good at taking selfies but I did a lot during May which is unlike me so that was a bit outside my comfort zone. Next year I might write down in a diary what I wore each day so I don’t necessarily feel like I need to take a selfie to remember what I wore. Some days I wasn’t in a photo mood but I still needed to take some sort of photo as a reminder.
6. What do you feel was best about the challenge? Or lessons learned
It made me actually look at me made items as a collection and not just as singular items. I say that I struggled to put combinations together but at the same time that got me outside my comfort zone and I realised some of the combinations really worked. On the saddest day of the month when I attended a funeral I actually felt the best because the combination of RTW and me made items I had on made me look pretty dam good. I looked in the mirror and smiled, instead of being in tears the person I was saying good bye to would have loved what I was wearing. I also realised that some of the items I wear make me look larger than what I am and that is mostly my RTW items because I always go for the biggest size I can. I have to really look at the finished garment sizes on the pattern and not just automatically make the largest size.
7. Will you join the challenge again?
Absolutely I enjoyed it this year. I achieved my goal of wearing me made items to work every day and on the weekends I often had a me made item or two on as well. Next year I will have to step up and do the entire 31 days. I wasn’t panic sewing for May but some of the items I ended up wearing a lot were newly made items in either late April or early May. Next year I think I want to wear some of my older items more and not just have new things. I am hoping by next year I have more tops or even dresses so I have more options but saying that is there really anything wrong with wearing the same skirt 4 times in a month? In my books no.
Thanks again Laura for tagging me in. It was interesting to reflect on different aspects of the challenge. I urge anyone to attempt the this challenge next May and not just people who sew. To answer the 7 #memadelessons questions I tag the following 3 people for a bit of fun
I know all the 3 above ladies and they sew wonderful garments. I enjoyed seeing on Instagram what they wore each day.