Breaking news: I’ve decided to join in the fun and participate in Me-Made-May ’15! It took me a while to decide if I was going to pledge or not, mostly because I really dislike any rules or deadlines imposed on my sewing. I find that sewing-related obligations suck all the fun right out of my hobby, and who wants that? So, I’ve decided to make my pledge flexible and not hold myself to any strict rules. In fact, I’m going to do exactly what I did last year, which worked out really well for me. I had a lot of fun, wore a lot of my handmade garments, and didn’t feel any pressure!
Here’s my pledge:
I, Carolyn, of allspiceabounds.wordpress.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15. I endeavor to be mindful of my handmade wardrobe each day for the duration of May 2015.
And here are my guidelines (not rules!):
- 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 will ask myself each morning, “What handmade items can I wear today?”
- If I don’t feel like wearing anything handmade, I won’t force myself.
- As the month goes on, I will try to wear handmade garments that haven’t been worn earlier in the month.
That’s it! Not too bad, right? I think I can live with this for a month. 🙂
The reality is that, like many of you, I wear at least one handmade garment almost everyday anyway (I’m wearing 4 today!), so I already feel comfortable with how I’m incorporating my handmade garments into my everyday life. The one time I imposed a strict rule for myself, during One Week One Pattern 2014, I was pretty grumpy about it. I really disliked not having a choice about what I chose to wear each morning, and my mood got worse and worse as the week wore on. And that was only for 7 days! I’m not going to do that to myself for an entire month. May is a beautiful month here weather-wise, and I want to be happy and enjoy it. 🙂
Check out my grumpy face on Day 6!
One thing I will definitely NOT be doing for MMM’15 is taking daily outfit photographs. I know this is a really popular thing to do during MMM, but I know myself, and there is no way I could maintain my sanity during a month of daily selfies. Instead, I’ll probably do a reflection post at the end of the month featuring some nerdy charts like last year. I make charts of data for a living and can’t resist, haha.
I know that MMM is supposed to be a challenge, a way of pushing yourself to learn more about what you sew and why you sew, a way to challenge yourself to make the most of your handmade wardrobe. But friends, to be perfectly honest, I have enough challenges in my life right now (writing my dissertation! finding a job! moving to an as-yet-unknown city!), and I don’t need to throw sewing into that mix. Any more stress added to my life right now might just push me over the edge… and no one wants to see that. 🙂
So essentially my pledge for MMM’15 is to wear whatever the heck I want. Done and done!
Are you participating this year? If so, what do you think your biggest challenge will be?