In fewer than two weeks my Me-Made May 2016 challenge fizzled, in a way that felt different than past years when I just didn’t have enough handmade items to rotate.
I’ll let Simon Sineck shed some light here — I hadn’t embraced my “WHY”.
I was achieving the WHAT — participating in Me-Made May, by doing the HOW — wearing handmade clothes and accessories everyday, but I wasn’t feeling it in my heart.
In the past, my WHY was clear: to activate the handmade clothes in my wardrobe for the first time (and then increase their rotation in later years). As other bloggers noted, when me-made clothes are already a regular part of our wardrobes, the MMM challenge can feel more tedious than inspiring.
I didn’t photograph past week two, even when I wore handmade items, which was rare. Like Sewrendipity, a large part of my wardrobe is used clothing picked up from clothing swaps and thift stores. So even if I am not wearing a handmade garment, I am likely wearing something that reflects my intention to break from the mass-manufactured, fast fashion industry.
I will say that I was proud of my Week-2 theme, Me-Modified May, featuring clothes that I had altered, modified, or otherwise mended. (In these four pictures, the only things I purchased new were the jean jacket and the boots, and that was years ago.)
So, what would have ignited my commitment to the challenge?
Looking back at MMM16:
- I really enjoyed seeing inspiration for new patterns and garment ideas from the community of sewists on Instagram and Pinterest.
- I enjoyed feeling cohesive in my wardrobe. In the past years, the days I wore me-made clothes felt inconsistent with my regular wardrobe. This year, my me-made and my RTW wardrobe is about 85% in sync.
- I loved seeing my friends grow as seamstresses/sewists.
I love what Me-Made-May has done for me and the sewing community. It is a great challenge if you haven’t participated or if you are still finding it hard to integrate your me-made clothes. If I participate next year, I want to look for ways to expand my community involvement and build connections with other sewists beyond posting to shared albums on social media.