Now we're into June I just wanted to take a few moments to reflect on this year's #mmmay challenge now that I've completed my pledge, and consider the things I've learnt from taking part.
- In order to have a me-made wardrobe which fits my day to day style I need to concentrate on making a wider variety of garments like cardigans, tops, trousers and skirts - not just dresses
- There were a lot of days where I wished I had a me-made cardigan that I could pull on instead of having to rotate my only three self-stitched tops, so I've pledged to myself that I will buy and make up the Jenna cardigan pattern from Muse before the summer is out
- I love wearing my me-made clothes. The whole idea behind #mmmay is to give sewers a chance to reflect on their self-stitched wardrobes and figure out what they love about them, which really worked for me. The challenge gave me the opportunity to fall in love again with clothes I'd forgotten about - like my Mustard Sunflowers dress - and give them a chance to make their way back into my regular wardrobe rotation. It also gave me the push I needed to get going on some projects I've been planning for ages but never started, like my Belcarra Blouses
- It's fine to mix and match me-made clothes with ready-to-wear. I know some sewers who take part in #mmmay wear almost exclusively me-made clothes throughout the month, even going so far as to consider how many RTW clothes they're allowed to wear in their pledges. However, this is not for me, at least for the moment. Coats, bras, underwear, jeans - for the time being, I certainly can't see myself sewing any of these. For now, I feel comfortable with the idea of mixing my own self-stitched clothing with clothes I've bought RTW; some is better than none, right?