Unless you live under a rock, or at least if you’re not on social media, you can’t have failed to notice that it’s “Me-Made-May”. Call me a party pooper, but I just don’t see the point. (If you want to read about what Me Made May is all about, hop over to So, Zo’s blog post).
If you sew your own clothes, even just a few things, the chances are you’re wearing “me-made” as much as you can, or want to, anyway. From the blogs and IG accounts I’ve seen, MMM seems to send people into a frenzy of sewing/knitting a load of stuff just so they have enough handmade or refashioned garments to take photos of for the entire month. I get that Zo is saying that ISN’T what MMM is meant to be about, but I think that’s what it ends up being for many. I think a lot of people feel like they need to join in with things like this or they’re not a “proper” sewing blogger or whatever. (I’ll admit, I’ve been guilty of jumping onto challenges like this, e.g. Sewvember, but I never keep up the momentum!). If you follow a lot of sewing blogs, like I do, it can be a bit dull to pretty much read the same stuff on each one for an entire month. Just me?
I’m not sure how signing up and pledging to join in, and displaying a widget on your blog, is going to give you a kick up the butt to finish your WIPs or encourage you to wear your handmade clothes that you don’t already wear. Clearly I’m in a minority here as it’s the fourth year of this challenge and my IG feed is full of photos already. I just think that if you’re not already having fun with making your own clothes, then why are you bothering to make them?! Surely the point of making yourself anything is that you like it and love to wear it? MMM isn’t going to get me wearing the GBSB halter top I made, or the tunic from Love Sewing for example. I liked the idea of them, but hated the results once they were finished (or semi-finished, I never did hem that tunic). I also think that, as great as some indie patterns are, it gets really boring to see everyone basically sewing up the same few patterns which happen to be “on trend” right now. I know, I sound miserable don’t I? Don’t worry, you don’t need to tell me 😉 Whilst I’m being miserable though, the term “me-made” really annoys me; it’s just bad English :-/
Ok, enough of my moaning. You tell me, what do you think? Convince me I’m wrong!