It’s that time of year again! Although this year is undeniably different due to COVID-19, many sewists are still planning to participate in Me Made May and embrace this gentle challenge to wear more handmade garments.
I know for me, working from home means I often wear loungewear or even PJs all day long. Some days that is great, but other days it can make me feel pretty down and a little sloppy (real talk).
I want to use Me Made May this year as an opportunity to get dressed up for work! I love working on our sewing patterns and being in my studio and I feel like I deserve to look cute while doing it! I also miss wearing some of the more ‘fun’ garments I usually save for outings like restaurants or gatherings with friends. Just because we can’t do those things doesn’t mean we can’t wear the clothes, right?
My Me Made May pledge is to get properly dressed for work each day and include at least one me-made garment in the look. No sweatpants, no dirty t-shirts, and NO PAJAMAS. I am going to exclude weekends.
I hope this gets you thinking about your Me Made May pledge should you want to participate. You can learn more about it here.
I also wanted to share our top patterns in our collection for Me Made May this year! Many of us are at home most of the time, so we have focused on loungewear and easy, wearable separates. Happy sewing!
The Ashton Top is the perfect TNT woven tank pattern. We love the cropped view for pairing with our high-waisted jeans and skirts! Ashton has almost 1000 tags on Instagram! Check out the hashtag here.
The York Pinafore is our of our best selling patterns and it’s easy to see why! It’s unique style and laid-back attitude make it perfect for everyday wear. Throw it on over your favorite tee and you’re good to go!
The Blackwood Cardigan is a staple in so many people’s wardrobes. It makes for the ideal work-from-home layer because it still looks sharp in your Zoom call while keeping you cozy on the couch. A must have for any me-made wardrobe!
Ahhh the Winslow Culottes. Our first pattern ever! We still adore this design for it’s simplicity and versatility. Not to mention these pants really are #SecretPajamas. Swishing around at home in Winslow is sure to bring a smile to your face.
We are wearing the Yanta Overalls so much lately because of all the yard work and gardening we are getting done! Thank goodness for Yanta because they always stay up, you can get really messy in them, and they are so comfortable to work in.
Of course, we can’t not mention the Avery Leggings and Elliot Sweater/Tee! AKA the ultimate loungewear duo. I love love LOVE my Avery Leggings for my at-home Yoga classes and workouts and Elliot is truly a staple in my everyday wardrobe.
I hope you enjoyed this post highlighting some of our patterns for Me Made May! Are you taking part in Me Made May? What is your pledge? Let us know in the comments!
Hi Helen! I’d love to know what jeans pattern you’re wearing–if they’re Me Made–in the photograph for the Blackwood Cardigan (which I’ve made four of, BTW! LOVELOVELOVE). They look like they fit so perfectly and I like the fabric. Which might bring me to another question…have you thought about releasing a Helen’s Closet jeans pattern? The way your patterns fit real woman body shapes of all sizes and curves (and even not-so-curves like mine), it would surely be an instant success. Just a thought and hope! Thank you for everything you do for the sewing community. We love you and hope you’re staying healthy and safe and sewing! <3
Hi Lynette! Thank you!! I would love to create a jeans pattern for Helen’s Closet! It has been on my mind so maybe next year? The jeans you are referring to are the Persephone Pants by Anna Allen Clothing. I love them!
They are fabulous! Thanks for letting me know. And yes, please, on releasing a Helen’s Closet jeans pattern. Please add that to your 2021 to-do list (like you need anything else on there LOL). I’d be happy to preorder if you do release a jeans pattern and want to tempt some of us overly ambitious makers out here. 😀
Love to sew