Planning for Me Made May 2018

I’m so excited for this May. For a number of reasons, not the least of which is my BIG MILESTONE BIRTHDAY is in 10 days!!!

But also this will be the first time I participate in Me Made May (#mmmay18). I had no idea that this was a thing until I saw so many daily pictures pop up on Instagram with last year’s hashtag. At the time I still felt like a total sewing n00b, so I didn’t think I could participate. I even said as much in a recent Instagram discussion, which ended up getting me a quote in Sew News!

But this year, I’m ready.

A little background: Me Made May is a personal challenge, not an Instagram contest. From Zoe, the creator of Me Made May, on her FAQs:

What is Me-Made-May and how it works… 

Me-Made-May is a challenge designed to encourage people who make their own clothes to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe. You the specifics of your own challenge to make it suitable and useful for YOU. For example, a very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May. 
It’s just about taking photos and putting them on Instagram each day isn’t it?! 
NO. It’s a challenge in which you wear your me-mades more often and more thoughtfully to learn some useful lessons about yourself, your style, your body, your creativity and so on. Some participants choose to document their challenge photographically (though this is in NO WAY compulsory for taking part) and share them with other participants on their blog or social media platforms. 

What I’ve pledged to do is to wear as many of my me mades as I still have and can squeeze into 31 days (without repeats). At last count, there are 139 garments that I made/repurposed/upcycled. How many of those I still own (or still fit) is another story. For that, I’m relying on technology.

I’ve mentioned Stylebook in a recent travel capsule post. It’s a handy tool for organizing my closet. Every time I finish a make, it is shot and cataloged in the app with the brand name Me Made. This makes it very easy to search for handmade garments:

I know at least one of these things is no longer in my closet…must update!

Unfortunately not everything I’ve ever made is in there yet. But I recently started using Airtable (aff link) to track all things sewing related, including ALL my makes (I had them written in a bullet journal at first, but I found I prefer digital over analog for this). Airtable is a great database organization tool, kind of like Excel on steroids. And you aren’t limited to just a spreadsheet, but can also use the Trello-esque kanban view, calendar view, and so many other options. I’ll write a more in-depth post in the future, but for now, here’s a peek at the very first things I made way back in 2016:

What’s currently in Stylebook is my most recent and/or most worn makes (those first few months of makes above are…less so). But if I think of something I’m not currently seeing in either the app or my closet but I think might work, I can refer back to my database of makes and see if it still exists.

I also plan to still make stuff! Like I mentioned above, my birthday is coming up, as are other family events. I have some ideas about a birthday dress, and now is the time to dive back into dressmaking. May is going to be ALL ABOUT THE DRESSES! (Which is aided by #handmadesummerdress and #sewtogetherforsummer).

And while I don’t plan to post an OOTD (outfit of the day) every single day on Instagram as seems to be the trend, I will write weekly recaps on the blog. Check back on Sundays for that!

How are you participating in #MMMay18?

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