Me Made May 2019 | The Button Jar
Me Made May! What a blast! When I participated in MMM2018, I had a handful of me-made garments, most of which, as a baby-sewist, I didn’t feel all-together comfortable with. Since then, I’ve jettisoned a good half of those garments to charity shops and replaced them with clothes I feel more and more confidently are my style.
My intention for MMM2019 was to wear at least one me-made garment interspersed with my RTW clothes every day—just a simple, unambitious goal. What it actually turned into was discovering I had a neat little capsule-wardrobe of me-mades from which I was able to wear close to totally me-made (excluding active wear and underwear) for the whole month. From twenty-two garments, I rotated out enough outfits for the 31 days, with the addition of only three RTW pieces—one of which I was able to replace half way through the month. And, hot damn!—am I proud of that! Of my RTW clothes, I wore an old-favourite skirt once, a printed tee a few times, and some RTW jeans until I finished my Ginger Jeans of Glory and Light and Exceptionally High-Waist!
An area I identified as something I wanted to expand is my colour palette. Don’t get me wrong, I love what’s in my existing colour palette, but I aspire to more frequently dress like the whole crayon box, finding those tones and shades in each section of the colour wheel that I enjoy wearing, and adding them to my wardrobe. I now also have a clearer sense of which garments I’m ready to move on from, which garments are definite keepers, and what styles I want to experiment for with in the future.
The thing I loved most about Me Made May—and subsequently miss—is that the fact of recording my outfits each day made me more considerate of what I was wearing. I didn’t always love photographing myself, but the act made me think outfits through. Less of the jeans-tee-cardi, far more of, ‘okay, what outfit can I get away with today?’. I had fun dressing up a little more, even for days when I was simply going to the studio, or sitting at home reading. This care gave me a little confidence-boost that spilled over into much of June.
To be honest, I’ve again largely fallen back into the habit of jeans-top-cardi, but the unintended exercise of working within a simple capsule wardrobe has helped me identify the items of clothing I need more of, and also identify what I just don’t reach for at all. I’m looking forward to a full and complete wardrobe clear-out in the next few weeks.
And, thus, we reach the end of this year’s Me Made May! My goals before MMM2020 are to do a full wardrobe purge, extend my colour palette, and keep adding to my growing stock of Me Mades that I wear with increasing pride and enjoyment. Till 2020, Me Made May!