This was my second year participating in Me Made May organised by the wonderful Zoe and my original pledge was:
I, Jenna (Justsewjenna on Flickr and Twitter), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear something made or refashioned by me six days a week for the duration of May 2014. I am also going to use the opportunity to concentrate on sewing for myself, not in a panic induced way but because I don't normally make the time.
I actually didn't miss a day! So that part was spot on. I did have a lot of repeats but I am not bothered about having lots of clothes to wear (I don't have enough storage space for one!) but I would like to have the right clothes to wear in the right situations and/or weather conditions and I really feel like I'm getting there. I could do with a few more bits and pieces and there are things that I would like to make but overall I am happy.
During April I did start sewing seriously for myself having only made myself two tops in the year since last May. I find it is so much easier to sew something for Élodie than myself as it is quicker and takes up less space so if I am sewing I find myself reaching for child garments. Also, her need is usually greater as she needs a complete new set of clothes every season. I wanted to use Me Made May as a big incentive to actually sew selfishly and I really think it worked. In the run up I made 3 Cocos, one Mathilde and a New Look 6808 in grey chambray.
|New Look 6808|
I also had a big sort out of my clothes (ditching the size 10s I was optimistically holding onto for 10 years!) and I refashioned a few bits and pieces. I felt this exercise was very helpful. I don't have that many clothes anyway but more than half of my wardrobe was being taken up with things I don't wear. I now have more space and extra coat hangers!
During May I made a dress, a skirt, a top for me, a top for Mum and some shorts for Élodie. I also went to the meet up at the V&A, met some really amazing people, spent far toooo long looking at photos in the Flickr group (not really, I love the feeling of community and looking at everyone's clothes), and just generally had a blast. I am really going to miss May!
I hope that by having a blog now and being generally addicted to Instagram will keep that momentum going and I will carry on making for me as well as the child. So thank you Zoe for organising such a wonderful event!
So without further ado, here is my month: