Very late MMM thoughts and goals arising

I think I must be the very last person commenting on their Me Made May! It went well – I wore Me Made outfits every day, including for my dance teaching. I posted every day’s outfit (except one). I was pleased that I had a lot of choice in my clothing, throughout the month. I didn’t have any “Oh lordy, I haven’t got a thing to wear today!” moments, so I feel confident that my me-made wardrobe is adequate to my needs and wants. I didn’t observe any glaring gaps. That is possibly a strong contributory factor to the lack of sewing that has been happening this year. My personal challenge had been to dress with a bit more care than usual, which was my way of telling myself to think about wearing jewellery or accessories, but I didn’t brilliantly on that. But I’m not going to beat myself up about this, because I did ok.

Having said that, May was quite a warm month, so I didn’t feel much need for long-sleeved tops, or coats and jackets, or jumpers, which are the gaps that I do know need to be filled at some point, so: Goal #1 – make a couple of jumpers ready for the cooler weather. This is actually the most hard-to-achieve of all these goals, just because I’m such a slow knitter. I’m half way through a turquoise cardigan, so maybe over the summer hols I should be able to finish it.

Looking back at MM17, I relied quite heavily on refashioned or embellished RTW t-shirt tops, and I found I didn’t need to this year, as I have a better selection of actual me-made tops to wear now. Again, since most of them are sleeveless, or short-sleeved, I think I need Goal #2 – make a couple more sleeved tops. I’m already working on this one, with my next Simple Sew Blog make, so watch this space.

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Coming soon…

With the dance teaching, I found I was lacking in me-made hip scarves, but I don’t really feel I need to make any, because I’ve got plenty of hip scarves already and I don’t need any more. To be fair, all my hip scarves are hand-made, because you just can’t mechanise that sort of crafting, and even if you could, Cairo tends to prefer human labour to mechanisation! It’s helping women to work, when it can sometimes be hard for them to do so, because of family/societal pressures to stay home. So no goals needed for my dance kit.

The one clothing item I am reproaching myself for is a RTW swimsuit. I went swimming a few times and I have no me-made swimmers – what’s a girl to do?! Skinnydipping was not an option. So that is leading me to Goal #3 – make my own swimsuit. I see no reason why I can’t – it’s perfectly possible. I have plenty of lycra fabric left over from my costume making days, so I’ve got the basics already. The question is – can I make one in time for my hols, which start 11th August? It would be great if I could…

So overall, it all went ok.

I can’t help thinking, though, that next year, I need to give myself a proper challenge, or take time out from MMM. It was all too easy this time around. I wear me-made almost every day anyway, so unless I change the nature of the challenge, to focus on mending/fixing *which is a chore* or something else that focusses me on making, I can’t think of how to make it more ambitious or stretching. Any ideas out there?

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Very late MMM thoughts and goals arising

  1. Congratulations on a successful MMM. I think you achieved one of the main aims of MMM – to see where there are gaps in your wardrobe. And you are thinking about what you need at other times of the year too. So it is hard to make a suggestion as to what else you could do- perhaps to work out which garments are nearing the end of their life span and plan for their replacements? Or decide what accessories you could sew- bags, headgear, underwear?

    • Thanks for the suggestion, Barbara. I think undies would be the real challenge. I’ve tried a couple of patterns and haven’t found them quite right for me. I can see myself spending this coming year trying to identify and perfect my ideal pants patterns. I’m pretty sure I’m not up to bra-making just yet (too fiddly), but I could definitely work on having enough knickers to see me through a month!

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