It’s that time of year when our instagram feeds are filled with handmade goodness for #memademay and this year marks the 10th year of the popular makers challenge. If you’re new to Me Made May, get ready to join a huge community of fellow sewists!
So, what’s it all about?
The idea is to encourage makers to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe, by asking them to pledge to rethink how they wear their garments throughout the month of May.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve only made one skirt ever or have a wardrobe bursting at the seams – everyone can set their own individual pledge. The challenge aims to get you to wear your me-mades more often and more thoughtfully – to learn some useful lessons about yourself, your style, your body, your creativity along the way.
What started as a solo project has grown into an annual phenomenon, with sewists, knitters, crocheters and refashioners all wearing their handmade wardrobes with pride. If you like the sound of it, it’s not too late to sign up for the 2019 challenge. Remember this is not a photography competition – or an instagram photo challenge – so don’t be daunted!
Your pledge can be as simple or tricky as you want it to be, but it’s a great opportunity to move beyond your comfort zone or level up how you wear the garments you have spent hours crafting.
The goal should be to think about your relationship with what you create.
- Sign up to the official challenge over at So, Jo
- Find out more on Zoe Edwards’ instagram @sozoblog
- 12 Beginner Sewing Patterns to sew today
2018 Me-Made May: your highlights
We shared this collection of our favourite Simply Sewing patterns that you all made for last year’s Me Made Challenge in this post, and we can’t wait to see what you’ve made from Simply Sewing magazine cropping up for this year’s Me Made May event. Here are a few of our favourite reader makes from 2018.
@parttimeknitter sewing all the summer vibes in her floral Zoe dress.
@cazzie_young has adjusted our Daisy dress pattern to add a three quarter circle skirt and lace zip.
Cool colour combos (we can never resist duck egg and mustard) from @she_made_it_sew for her version of the Alice dress from issue 38.
Sleeves swoon! @kathleenmurch rocking the Mia Top complete with bell sleeves
@cham.west showing off her Bea Blouse, looking good layered with a faux leather jacket.
Stephanie Harper also showing strong sleeves game – with her version of the Adele dress.
Awesome take on the Frill Came top by @crystalsewsandstuff – she’s paired it with Burda Style bottoms for what started life as a party outfit (but her husband thinks it looks like velvet PJs). Check out Crystal’s YouTube channel for more of her makes!
Stephanie O’Dea @lynn.odea is rocking her Jade dress – she only started sewing with knits this past year.