Me Made May ’15 Pledges

Me Made May Pledge | Grainline Studio

So it’s that time of year again, Me Made May, and just like last year, barely signing up under the wire. Kendra and I are here with our pledges, yep, I roped her in on this one! I’ll go first…

I, Jen, am signing up for Me Made May 2015 with the goal of wearing something Me-Made 5 days a week. I do not care about repeats because I am a habitual over-wearer and I do not need to wear head to toe Me-Made on these 5 days.

Last year was my first year participating and I’m ready to give it another go this year – with a few changes. Last year I told myself I was going to wear something me-made 5 days a week. I’m keeping that part the same. I don’t know if you guys have figured this out about me yet but once I lock onto a thing I like wearing, I literally want to wear that thing constantly, until it wears out or I decide something else is what I should be wearing every single day. I felt bad about this last year because I was trying to do a photo a day and I was feeling self conscious about having so many repeats you guys had to stare at. To combat me feeling bad about the boring photos my clothes wearing habits result in I will be grouping my photos together into sets when I feel like it. I’ll mostly be ‘gramming with the possibility of a weekly blog roundup including thoughts on said outfits. I’ll definitely do a recap at the end of the month though! One thing about me is certain, and it’s take me a long time to recognize and accept this, I love to set extremely rigid rules for arbitrary things and then when I fail to adhere to them I get bummed out, so the theme of my Me Made May is chillin’ out and having fun!

Now for Kendra…

I’m a total newbie to Me Made May but I’m very excited to wear as much of my handmade wardrobe as possible next month. So, here it goes!

I, Kendra (right hand lady to Jen at –, sign up as a participant of Me Made May 2015. I endeavor to wear a me-made garment at least 4 days a week.

Why four? It’s kind of a weird number, I know. Here’s the thing: as you all know, I currently work at Grainline. When I’m not there, I work at a boutique in downtown Chicago, where I have to wear a uniform. So, subtracting those days of the week, it leaves me with three days working with Jen at Grainline and one day for me! Four days it is! It will be exciting to get myself out of my usual routine of wearing a red beanie, t-shirt, and jeans (a look that I tend to rock a little too often).

Alright, come on, May! We’re ready for you!

So…are you participating in Me Made May this year? If so, have you set any odd rules for yourself based on previous years?

Three Me Made May ’15 pledge posts I’ve seen and loved:

Gillian’s over at Crafting a Rainbow – She’s killer at Me Made May and I look forward to seeing hers every year!

Jenny’s over at Rennous Oh Glennus – I think her idea of not limiting her wardrobe to only Me Mades but instead using the month as a way to really get in deep with her wardrobe and focus on what she loves to wear; then using that data to sew more of those things is totally genius! I might secretly be copying this…

Jess’ over at La Mercerie – Her post is so thoughtful and I identified with so many parts of it, as I’m sure a lot of you will too. It’s so easy to compare yourself to others, especially with so much social media, etc. these days. I love that she gave herself permission to just be her super amazing self! This is something that I think a lot of us should do more often!

Alright, start the Me Made Selfies! 😉

17 replies on “Me Made May ’15 Pledges

  • Jane

    Oh gosh, now you have just made me feel better about being an ‘overwearer’ too! Partly it’s loving an item of clothing so much, and partly it’s just cutting down on decision-making. But isn’t it great when it’s a me-made that gets the overwearing love! (Like my denim Moss which probably appears 2-3 times a week year-round.)

  • Emily C.

    I finished a shirt up on Saturday and wore it for the next five days (well, except at work, but I changed into it when I got home).
    Now I’m making two more…
    I haven’t made that many clothes for myself, so my goal for Me Made May is to make a few more tops this month and wear what else I have made as much as I can.

  • Kathy

    I have no idea what made by me May is….but I need it. Lol. I discovered the Scout tee and am in love. I was in Paducah for the quilt show last week and bought fabric for at least 10 tops. Fabric was $4 a yard at El’s warehouse plus 5 percent for my El bag. I couldn’t stop buying. Lol. Made 4 of them so far and love, love love them. I’m cutting them out 2 at a time. I also have the pocket tank pattern to work on. I want to make a couple for my mom for Mother’s Day. So count me in.

  • Thea

    This made me laugh – I only just signed up today (oopsie!), and actually with the same approach as Jenny, just to see what I wear. I like a relaxed approach 🙂 I’m moving house and job this month, I don’t think I need to stress out about what I wear. But, it will be interesting to see what I actually do wear. Happy MMM to you both!

  • bergonia

    This is awesome. I woke up this morning and knew what I was going to wear on the first day of May: a me made tank. I wear one just about every day when it’s warm. I have about a dozen and wear them all the time so I do feel like I tend to wear repeats a lot. Partly by choice because I was and still am (but getting better) a clothes hoarder and I am trying to do more with less. I love how honest this post is and it makes me think about how much I like your patterns for having such a clear through line. I can picture every item in the line up being the most amazing garment that I would want to wear every day and not care as much about repeats.

  • katrynarae

    Haha, I’ve definitely been counting on wearing the same staples day in and day out. No shame in the repeats… maybe we can make it into a game: Spot the minute differences!

  • Em

    This is my first Me Made May, but I already knew that wearing me-made every day was not going to work for me. I think I would find it too much pressure, and I just don’t have enough me-makes. So although I have pledged to wear me-mades 2 days per week, I have also decided that it’s going to be a “Me Mend May” for me, which means I am going to spend some quality time bonding with my wardrobe as a whole, and sew on all those buttons and fix all those hems I have been avoiding for way too long!

  • Zoe

    Hi Jen and Kendra! I’m sooo excited that you have both signed up to take part this year. As you say, let the selfless roll on… xx

  • happylat

    I’m only about halfway to my goal of 100% me-made in my wardrobe, but I don’t want to rush the process by just sewing madly for the sake of being able to wear a handmade everyday! sadly, it has taken me this long to really think about sustainability, sweatshops and consuming less in this world so I want to enjoy the process of crafting! thanks for making me feel better that I am not dressed head to toe in me made everyday!

    • Jen

      It’s a sleeveless Archer! There’s a tutorial on the blog that shows the modification I made to the original archer pattern but I’m on my phone in the woods so it isn’t loading for me to link. If you search Archer Sleeveless in the search at the top of the page you’ll find it.

  • Kiyomi

    Oh hey Jen, just hanging out on your blog from 3 years ago… question, whats the pattern for the tank on the bottom right. I feel like its something I should know, but don’t! Thanks!

    • Jen

      Haha it’s a tank I made way back when I had a little clothing line. I always meant to release it but never did. We’re hoping to get a tutorial up for how to make your own this summer using the Willow bc people still ask about it all the time (probably because I still wear mine). I feel like you could easily do this without the tutorial though bc you are a sewing master. Just cut the triangle into the pattern from the CF neck to the side seams, add seam allowance, and sew it all back together. The triangle is on the front and back in this pattern. Cool!!


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