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Me Made May 2016 : Sewing for my REAL life

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The last day of April has arrived and  I am very excited to participate in my first ever Me Made May!  If you are not familiar with this annual event, it is a month long challenge to wear more handmade garments and accessories than usual. The goal is to share our makes with the sewing community and encourage ourselves to choose me-mades over ready-to-wear more often.  This is, of course, just one reason to participate!  Head on over to So Zo to read what others are pledging to do for the month of May and why they are participating!

I, Helen Wilkinson of and @helens__closet, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear one me-made thing each day for the duration of May 2016

My pledge is simple, wear one me-made thing every day.  I almost always choose my me-mades over my RTW anyways, so for me, I’m hoping to get something else out of this experience – read on to find out!

Let me ask you this: When you are planning to make (or buy) something, do you ever envision yourself in that garment (or pair of shoes or jewelry)?  What do you envision yourself doing?  Where are you?  How do you imagine feeling?  I was thinking about this recently and realized that my day dreams of future me wearing my me-made garments are often just that, day dreams.  Not that imagining myself at a fancy party or on a tropical vacation is a bad thing, I do those things every once and a while and it is nice to get lost in a day dream.  I just don’t want my entire closet to get lost as well.  My life is real.  I work, cook, sew, garden, walk, bike, play board games and watch TV (amongst other things).   Do I envision myself wearing my next creation while grocery shopping? No.

With this in mind, I am going to use Me Made May to discover what outfits I actually wear most often and what I can make more of to fit my real life.   I want a closet that reflects my day-to-day life, and offers options for my favorite activities.  I plan to try envisioning myself at my desk working on my next project or cooking dinner with Sam.  I will consider whether I can bike or go for a walk in garments, not just attend parties and stroll on the beach.

One of the reasons I sew my own clothes is because I can sew for my real body, now, I just need to sew for my real life.

You can follow my me-made-may on Instagram @helens__closet, and I will also post a weekly round-up on the blog.

Happy Me-Made-May everybody!


About the author


Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

6 Comments on “Me Made May 2016 : Sewing for my REAL life”

  1. I really get this! A good few years ago I started making clothes, putting pressure to make everything took all the fun out. So I stopped. I have now returned at a pace and having more acceptance of myself, I too live an active life I wear a uniform to work, I do exercise, I garden and look after my family. I dont often wear stylish!! But I have returned with more enjoyment for the process, the community, and I love that what I make lasts years, so in theory I should be making and buying less.

    1. Thanks, Charlotte! I hope to find a balance like you have, I love sewing so much but I need the end results to suit my lifestyle and not overwhelm my closet.

  2. I think you nailed it with your Me Made May challenge. It’s fun to sew but it is even more fun to sew knowing yourself and what you will and will not wear daily. My MMM challenge is also along the same lines 🙂 Very well said!

  3. YES! you’ve hit the nail on the head there. At the moment, I cycle everywhere, so there is very little point making anything that I can’t cycle in. So I’m really trying to have a stylish handmade wardrobe that really fits my lifestyle, rather than just an endless number of gorgeous dresses that never get worn because they’re too fancy or impractical.

    1. Thanks! I need to come up with a ‘best patterns for cyclists’ list, haha! I’m glad I’m not alone in this. We can do it!

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