Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Lessons from Me-Made-May

I have learnt a few things from Me-Made-May.

- Wearing stuff I have made myself makes me happier! It feels good to wear things I have put my time and effort into. Plus, it is a trillion times better getting a compliment on something I have made myself opposed to a store-bought item. I even liked doing my laundry during this month - pulling all my me-made stuff out of the washing machine, it was satisfying.

- I don't really need more clothes (at least for this season). I managed to get through the month with just two cardigans. Sure a few more items would make mixing and matching easier (like a solid coloured jacket), but they are not necessary. Usually the things I need are actually things I want. I need to change my thinking on that. There is too much clothing waste everywhere. And in my case, I buy far too much fabric which I really do not need.

- Before May started I was a little worried about how I would get through an entire month without certain items (like my H&M tank tops which I previously wore pretty much every day layered under other things or alone). But I barely even thought about them! I have too many rarely used things taking up space. I'm going to cull my wardrobe which shouldn't be too difficult since at the start of the month I separated all my me-made stuff from the store-bought.

So I want to say a huge thank you!! to Zoe for creating Me-Made-May. I enjoyed this challenge a lot, the ups and downs of it and following everyone on the flickr group. I am looking forward to being a part of Self-Stitched-September!

'I, Jodi, sign up as a participant of Self-Stitched-September. I endeavour to wear only handmade and refashioned items of clothing every day for the duration of September 2010'.

There are three months until September so that is plenty of time for me to make stuff like socks and underwear - things I don't have me-made of.


  1. Jodi, I love these reflections! So thoughtful and you're so right about separating 'needs' from 'wants.' And also your point about needing a lot fewer clothes than we think! It's so tempting to keep on sewing what we want without thinking if we need it or how the new item fits into our current wardrobes.

    Also, from what I've seen on your blog so far, I'm pretty sure those underwear and socks are going to be darn cute ...

  2. great post! i ditto jessica's comments on needs/wants, and i'll have you know that i've decided i NEED burda 7829 (this is totally your fault! seeing you parade around in those dresses! ha ha, i'm teasing of course). i'm excited to sew up the pattern this summer and i look forward to popping in on you after may!

  3. Amen to that! Great post, thanks for sharing your interesting thoughts and insights and I'm SO pleased that you are signed up for SSS! You are welcome, creating the challenge was my pleasure, you were a total inspiration! Happy sewing Jodi xxx

  4. Jodi, Once again, congratulations on making such pretty garments.

  5. Jodi, all your stuff was fantastic to see during May and you have a great level of skill. I agree with your post about needs versus wants, and having a wardrobe cull.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us, Jodi! I look forward to a day when I can wear nothing but clothing sewn with my own hands. Your work is beautiful, and this blog has been a great inspiration.

  7. What a great blog; I'm so happy I found it. You're a great inspiration, Jodi, and from what I can see, a great seamstress, too. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see what you make next!


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