Me-Made-May… No Thanks.

Little Squish Me Made May

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).

Little squish tape measure

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!





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6 comments on “Me-Made-May… No Thanks.
  1. Avatar Amanda wyatt says:

    I do kinda get where your coming from, yep if we make stuff why not where it? But doesn’t that go for the RTW stuff?…how many times do we (did) we buy stuff only to wear a handful of times or once in some cases before it gets disgarded or banished to the what was I thinking pile. lol. Yes I agree it is easy to get sucked into the challenges then fall by the wayside half way through. I’ve never done MMM before and yes, I pretty much wear my own stuff everyday anyway.. so why sign up? well it was more about focusing and thinking about what I don’t wear really, we all have our favourites and can fall into comfy zone ville.. love Zoe’s pledge to wear a skirt or dress it easy not to when you have a little one your looking after.. me well, my work environment has changed recently and I need to make a conscious decision on what style …image I want. I have never really done the “oh new indi pattern on the go” must do totally yawnsville. But with this challenge so far I’ve enjoyed seeing new makes from new sewers through instagram and have noted regular (big 4)pattern numbers that I would like to add to my new wardrobe. That’s my take on it, sorry for the long rambling relpy.. finally im sure there are many bleating sheep out there following for the sake of the band wagon but I do think it is about personal focus rather than anything else xxx

  2. Firstly hem the bloody tunic! The least you can do is give it as a gift 😉
    Secondly ‘me-made’ is very bad English, where’s my red pen gone?!
    I agree that sewing should be a passion and whilst I haven’t been living under a rock, I’d not heard of MMM either. It’s like the photo a day challenges, I’m all shutters blazing for the first week and lose interest/mojo/will power to finish it. I’m sure there are plenty of enthusiasts out there who love these challenges, positively thrive on them. However I am not cut from that cloth, and by the sounds of it neither are you lol!
    Any who, if it inspires more newbies to the craft then that has to be fabulous. If it re-inspires crafters, even better.
    This craft we love so much brings all sorts together, and that can’t be a bad thing!
    Now hem that tunic Mrs and get it on IG 😉 xx

  3. Toria Toria says:

    Ooh no, the tunic is baaaad. I really would only wear it at home lol.

  4. Toria Toria says:

    There’s a definite lack of Big 4 patterns on the blogs/IGs I follow. Good to know not everyone is making the same stuff though!

  5. Avatar daisy jones says:

    Hello V
    First let me say I agree entirely!
    however, when I am wearing something I made and I am playing on ig, I think ooooh I can tag this MMM and I do love a hashtag.
    One good thing…. I have found a few more nice sewists to follow.

    As to sewing all the indie patterns that come out what is that all about? are we sheep?
    I do sew the big four and lots of vintage too….
    bestest Daisy j x

  6. Toria Toria says:

    That’s what I love about your blog, it’s a great mix of different patterns 😀

    I think we’re all a bit guilty of sewing the indie stuff because it somehow seems cooler than than the Big 4. The packaging etc is certainly more attractive anyway! Plus the people putting out the patterns are great at creating hype on social media. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you’re new to sewing you’re unlikely to look at non-indie patterns!

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