Hello birds! It's been some time, but I'm glad to be back here on the blog to tell you all about Me Made May 2017!
As you may know, I love to make my own clothes, and really anything I can try my hand at in relation to my own wardrobe. I've dabbled across the board in everything from formal wear to jewelry to shoes; so that said, I am always excited when opportunities come up to celebrate and connect over making your own wardrobe!
So what is Me-Made-May exactly?
Me-Made-May is a month long celebration and internet phenom surrounding the handmade wardrobe, or "me-mades," founded by Zoe Edwards of the blog "So Zo What Do You Know," a DIY sewing blog chronicling Zoe's own adventures in making her own clothes. She started Me Made May in 2010 as a commitment to herself to wear more of her handmade wardrobe, and vowed to wear a piece of it everyday for the month of May. Fast forward to now and magic of Instagram, and there is now a massive online movement, with users connecting via hashtags #mmmay17 #memademay and #memadeeveryday, among others, as well as sewing bloggers, handcrafted shops, and designers joining the fray, both in their shop programming and online. Furthermore, coming immediately out of Fashion Revolution week and the #whomademyclothes campaign of April, which launched several years ago following the sweatshop tragedies in Banglidesh, Me Made May has caught on with the slow-fashion community, and continues the energy into the month of May as we truly analyze our wardrobes and who makes our clothes.
Me Made May also involves making a pledge toward some goal in regards to your handcrafted wardrobe and lifestyle. Zoe has a fill-in-the-blank version on her annual blog-post regarding Me-Made-May, and it reads as such:
'I, (insert name here and blog address/instagram handle if you have one), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '17. I endeavour to wear......................................................... each day for the duration of May 2017'
This year at my store and home of Littlewings Designs, Parliament the Boutique, we are celebrating and committing to Me Made May 2017 with a series of programming that empowers people toward making their own wardrobes and an over-all more handmade lifestyle. I am teaching several workshops throughout the month, including:
- May 7th: Sashiko Patching, 3pm-6pm- Learn to patch your own garments using the Sashiko Embroidery method. I love doing this type of patchwork, and it's the best for keeping my favorite old studio jeans in constant rotation. $20 each, it's gonna be a patch party!
- May 13th: Make Your Own Flip-Flops, 10am- 1pm- Learn to make a pair of leather flip-flops from scratch, made to fit your feet! Making shoes is one of my favorite skills to share, because frankly, who isn't impressed when you tell them you made your SHOES? $80 each, includes all your supplies and a max class size of 6 students.
- May 19th: Make Your Own Crop-Top, 5:30pm- 8:30pm- Learn to use a simple shirt of your own to draft a pattern and create your own crop-top! Somewhere between the methods of flat-pattern drafting and draping, I like to call this improv pattern making. Cost is $60 each, and you'll leave with a finished shirt, instructions for what you did, and a pattern that you can use over and over again!
Alongside Parliament however, I am also excited to celebrate Me Made May for Littlewings Designs and for myself as a human, maker, and seamstress. I am making the following pledge for myself and Littlewings Designs for this Month of Me-Made-May 2017:
I, Elyse Marie Welcher of @littlewingsdesigns, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '17. I endeavor to wear something I made each day for the duration of May 2017.
I also vow to use this as an opportunity to examine my UFO- "Un-Finished Objects" stack for Littlewings Designs, and finish projects that are in process!
I'll admit, it's not hard for me to wear something I made everyday for the month of May! But it is going to be tricky to try to finish some of this massive stack of UFO's, and also stay on top of sharing my Me-Made-May outfits. I'm looking forward to seeing who else is participating and sharing their images online; follow me on Instagram @littlewingsdesigns to see my daily outfits, and at @parliamenttheboutique to see all of the adventures at the shop this upcoming month!
Hats off and let's take flight for Me-Made-May!