Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Me Made May '13 Roundup

So Me Made May is over for another year and I am so pleased I participated! Having watched from the sidelines for ages, I decided to jump into MMMay for the first time last year. My goal was to wear at least one item of me-made clothing/accessories/footwear every day for the duration of May. And I succeeded! I smashed my goal!

This year it didn't feel right to do the same thing, mainly because it would be the exact same thing. My life in the past year has been about growing a baby and then looking after that baby and I've not spent very much time making clothing, accessories or shoes for myself, so to repeat the challenge really would mean repeating all of last year's outfits (some of which no longer fit).

And it's because of my dwindling creative output at home that I decided that this year I would use Me Made May to kickstart my making mojo and to see if I could get back in the habit of making. My MMMay'13 pledge was:

I, Emily Botterman of The Botterman Empire, sign up as a participant of Me Made May '13. I endeavour to make at least one item of clothing/accessories for myself and/or the Little One each week for the duration of May. 

And did I succeed? Here's a recap of the month's makes...

completed: May 4th

beard bib for the little one
completed: May 4th
(a productive day!)

completed: May 9th

completed: May 17th

completed: May 25th

completed: May 28th

Success! Hooray! Six items completed during May! But wait, there's more... Here's a 'before' shot of a dress I've been refashioning this month too...

...I don't have an 'after' shot yet because after replacing the waist elastic and taking a few inches off the bottom, I've realised the bodice is still too big and I'm figuring out how to solve that. So an uncompleted item too. Although I did also re-hem some trousers. Does that count?!

I must say I'm pretty pleased with my output this month. My projects are varied and I think I struck a good balance between things that can be whipped up fairly quickly and things like the Miette and the handbag which required a bit more work. I've got some new pieces which I have incorporated into my wardrobe and my baby girl has a long beard bib. Everyone's a winner! Best of all, I feel like I'm back in the habit of making. I noticed at one point while making the Miette that I fell asleep thinking about the next step of construction. And once I finished a project I was already thinking about the next one!

Big big big thank you to Zoe for dreaming up this challenge and for championing it with such passion, and bravo to all my fellow MMMay-ers! You've done an amazing job! 

1 comment:

  1. You are AMAZING!!!!! Look at all those awesome self-made items! And such a variety of projects, so good and inspiring. Thank YOU so much taking part and putting such a unique, personal and useful spin on your pledge. Really inspiring for others trying to think up how to challenge themselves, I'm sure. Hope to see you soon. Zoe xxx