Jen’s Me Made May Recap

Jen's Me Made May Recap | Grainline Studio

Willow Tank Dress | Penny Raglan

Every year when Me Made May rolls around I get a little stressed out. I have no problem wearing handmade garments most days of the week, but the pressure to take a selfie every day is a little overwhelming for me. Those of you who’ve been around here for a long time know that ironically, for a business that started as a blog, I hate having my photo taken. This year I decided to relieve some of the pressure on myself and just take photos when I thought I had outfits worth snapping for one reason or another, whether they were me made or by one of the small designers I love, when I happened to remember. I documented my Me Made May over on my personal Instagram account so as not to clog up the Grainline account with a million selfies.

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Willow Tank, Driftless Cardigan, Skiff Hat | Personal Coat Pattern

I didn’t learn too much about my wardrobe over the last month, but it did reinforce something that I’ve already known to be true. My handmade wardrobe is shrinking! Unfortunately I don’t have a ton time outside of designing, drafting, testing, blogging, and everything else involved in running a business to sew anything for myself. Most of what I have at this point are garments from about 2 years ago or samples I stole from the testing phase of patterns.

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Linden Sweatshirt, Skiff Hat | Tamarack Jacket, Hemlock Tee

Probably the main reason though is that I haven’t had a sewing machine at home for the last two years. It’s not that I don’t want one here, quite the opposite, but I just don’t have room as Jon (my husband) and I have been living in a 500 sq foot apartment. That square footage includes the bathroom and closets! It’s been really frustrating and at times really depressing for me to not be able to have fun doing what was originally my favorite hobby, outside of work. Any time I would go in to work with the intentions of sewing for myself I would inevitably end up working as having a small business means that there is ALWAYS something you should be doing! I’ve gotten really good at leaving work at work these days for the health of my mind, body and relationships, but once I get back into work I’m unable to not work. Ha!

Jen's Me Made May Recap | Grainline Studio

Hemlock Tee | Penny Raglan

Jen's Me Made May Recap | Grainline Studio

Lucinda Sweater | Stone Lake Sweater

While I haven’t had any sewing time, I have been buying fabric to replace the garments I love that have worn out over the past few years which means I’ve accumulated a mini-personal stash. I’ll be moving soon and will once again be able to have a dedicated home sewing space and I’m so unbelievably happy about that fact! Can you even believe I’ve gone so long without a home sewing setup of any kind?! I really can’t!

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Penny Raglan | Alder & Archer Mash-up

One of my personal goals coming out of Me Made May for this summer (and beyond!) is to really start working through my stash, both fabric and yarn. Neither are huge but I’d love to get through the bulk of it since they’re all lovely fabric and yarns I bought for a purpose. It’s kind of sad when things with a purpose don’t get to live that out isn’t it?

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Personal Coat Pattern, Elizabeth Suzann Top | Lauren Winter Dress

I’ve already started with my yarn and have been posting my progress on my personal Instagram account (@jen_beeman) with the hashtag #summerstashproject. If anyone else is working through their stash this summer, yarn or fabric, feel free to jump in on that tag! I’d love to see what you’re doing with what you have and see some of these stash goodies make it free from bags and bins under our beds and in the backs of our closets!

9 replies on “Jen’s Me Made May Recap

  • Birgitte

    Oh, I feel your pain now having your sewing equipment available at home! I’ve lived in seven different apartments the past year and a half (I’m staying put now though! 😉 ), and in several of them, for months at a time, I just didn’t have my sewing machines out. It kind of made everything feel even more temporary. Anyways – I’m glad you’re moving into hopefully a bigger place with dedicated sewing space! P.S. I hope I manage to see you in Chicago later in the summer!

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  • Michelle

    I love that you wear the clothes you design. I know that sounds like such a simple concept, but I don’t think all designers design clothes they actually want to wear, which is confusing to me. Also, husband?! Congrats!

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  • Karen

    Jen, I’ve just discovered you and your work–and am totally smitten! I’ve sewn garments since I was little, starting with doll clothes, but gave it up once my children were teenagers. Now that I’ve retired, I haven’t found any inspiration in patterns, until I found Grainline Studio. Your pieces are beautifully crafted, ageless (thank goodness 🙂 and stylish. I look forward to a lot of new pieces in my dreary wardrobe thanks to you.

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  • Jane

    I really hope you can find the space and time to rediscover the joy of sewing for yourself! It makes me sad to think you haven’t been able to, when your designs give so much sewing joy to the community. Sounds like you could use a break 🙂

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  • alice

    loved reading this post Jen, and laughed out loud when you explained how you feel about your stash! I too feel that way, can’t keep buying things because they’ll never reach their destiny of becoming a thing!! Good luck with the move and the setting up of your sewing space, enjoy!

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  • Melissa

    I feel for you! It’s so frustrating and a bit depressing not to have space for your craft! My space is slightly bigger, but it’s still a struggle. When you can’t live and work in the same space it has to be one or the other. The hubby is away for a little while, so now it’s become sewing space. I better use the time wisely!

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