Me Made May Finale

Way back in yon early days of May 2022, I made a pledge to alter and wear four handmade garments for Me Made May. I succeeded with my chambray Pietra pants, and now I’ve completed altering the straps on my first Ophelia Overalls.

I made the straps about an inch too short initially. I thought I could get away with it, but noticed I wasn’t wearing them. I had plenty of leftover fabric. It was simple to cut new straps, remove the old ones, and sew on the new ones. Extending the straps by an inch makes them more comfortable, which means I will get more use out of them.

My other alteration was going to be for the lavender linen Barcelona dress. While making the dress, I had visions of bicycling through ancient cobblestone streets, the dress billowing loosely with matching espadrilles, a bouquet of wildflowers resting inside my bicycle basket. Instead, well… not my best look. I hope to be able to wear this dress someday. I think refitting the bodice would be a start.

There was a fourth garment, but it is not in my sewing basket, so I must have reclaimed it as is. I’ll take that as a win!

Did you participate in Me Made May this year? If so, how did it go?

Me Made May 2022 Challenge

Me May Made is coming up! I have half-heartedly participated in previous years on Instagram, but thanks to Lucy of A Knit and a Cake, who has connected me with the origin of the movement at So, Zo, What Do You Know? I now have a much better understanding of the challenge, and I’m looking forward to participating in 2022. If you are curious about Me Made May, here is a link to this years’ write up which explains the challenge.

I’ve had a look at my handmade wardrobe, and have come up with a challenge that I think will be doable. I’ve identified four garments I’ve sewn within the previous year that I don’t love and rarely wear. Each week I will alter one with the goal of making it more loved and wearable. I will post a before and after photo of each. I also pledge to wear at least one outfit each week that includes a handmade garment — which may or may not include the altered item of the week, depending on how successful the alteration is. I will analyze my handmade wardrobe throughout the month, identifying what has worked, what hasn’t, where there are holes to fill, and outline a new sewing plan for my wardrobe moving forward in 2022.

Although Me Made May was originally intended for sewing, I think you could also apply this challenge to knitting as well.