- Write down what I wear each day, including all handmade garments and accessories.
- Consciously think about wearing at least one handmade garment each day. I asked myself each morning: “What handmade items can I wear today?”
- If I didn’t feel like wearing anything handmade, I didn’t force myself.
- As the month went on, I tried to wear handmade garments that hadn’t been worn earlier in the month.
Not too bad, right? I didn’t want to give myself hard and fast RULES to follow, because I really dislike sewing-related rules, deadlines, etc. I did, however, think about my handmade garments a lot, and I wound up wearing a lot of them too!
Are you ready to see how I did? Being a scientist by day, I made a bunch of nerdy charts. Enjoy. :)
Out of the 31 days during May, I wore at least 1 handmade garment for 23 days. On 10 of those days, I wore 2 garments! Inevitably, there were some days (8) when I didn’t wear any handmade clothing. I found that one of the following was happening on those days:
- I was lounging around the house on a weekend.
- I had some physical and/or messy lab work to do that day.
- The weather didn’t cooperate. (It was a rainy month!)
- I wanted to wear a favorite RTW garment.
For the 23 days that I did wear handmade garments, I broke it down into tops, bottoms, dresses, etc. I mostly wore tops, which isn’t surprising because I have so many of them. All the bottoms that I wore were skirts, which also isn’t surprising since I haven’t yet attempted to sew pants. I wore dresses on 4 days… and each time I had to force myself to do it. Sad but true! I never regretted wearing a dress though. :)
One of the best things that came out of the month was that I wore my blue blazer a lot more than usual. May has been the perfect month for wearing it – it’s been just the right temperature to wear the blazer as a light jacket. I think I forgot about it a bit during the winter, as it’s not really heavy enough to keep me warm, but the spring weather has been just right! I love love LOVE wearing it.
I often wore the blazer over a Renfrew or an Archer. Blazer + Archer = my favorite combination! So crisp. :)
I wore at least 1 handmade accessory for 26 out of 31 days – awesome! I found that wearing my handmade accessories is easy, especially now that I have a bunch of handmade undies. :) On the days when I wore more than 1 accessory, it was usually undies and a piece of jewelry. I have a handful of handmade earrings that are in high rotation, and I found that I didn’t have to force myself to wear them at all. On colder days, I often wore this infinity scarf.
I wore a lot of Renfrews. Shocking, right?? :) I wore one of my beloved Renfrews on 14 out of the 31 days, usually with jeans. I already knew I wore them often, but apparently I wear one practically every other day! I really enjoy wearing them though, and I often find myself making a mental note to sew up some more. What can I say? :)
I really enjoyed participating in Me Made May, albeit unofficially. It was an interesting challenge and really got me thinking about what I sew, why I sew, and what I like to wear on a daily basis. Here are some of my very scientific observations and conclusions:
- My job often requires wearing comfortable clothing that I can move around in. Renfrews are great for this.
- I enjoy wearing dresses in theory, but they aren’t very practical for work.
- I need handmade pants!!
- When I take the time to plan (and iron!) my outfit the night before, I wind up walking out the door looking more put together.
- The weather has a huge effect on what I wear on any given day.
- I really enjoy wearing some of my RTW clothes. No shame!
I had a lot of fun during the month, and hopefully I’ll continue to think about my handmade garments each morning when I get dressed.
How did you do with your MMM pledge? What insights did you discover?