For me making is seasonal. In the summer, I garden because I can, and there is plenty of opportunity to involve the kids. When the kids go back to school in the fall I fill the void left by fresh air and sunshine with knitting. It's cozy and sedentary and exactly how I feel when the light wanes. After the holidays, I'm ready to shake off the blah of winter and tend toward the more active pursuit of sewing. My sewing season is coming to an end, and it's fitting that MMM should fall in a month where I am taking stock of that portion of the year.
When I look at these Me Made May posts, I am thrilled with the quantity, and wearability (not a single ball gown!?), but I still view this output as a work in progress. It's the blessing and the curse of making your own clothing that it all could be just right. One more tweak and that tank would brush my hips with just the right amount of ease. One more muslin and that cinched at the waist dress would have just the right amount of volume. One more tweak and you wouldn't be able to read my bra label through that bodysuit. The photos all look so complete, but in my mind I'm lining up the next iteration of my handmade wardrobe with a few changes. Changes that will take me one step closer to handmade nirvana, where no elastics still hang from the casing, and everything fits like a glove.
My MMM pledge was to wear a me made 5 days a week. I beat that by wearing me mades all but 3 days (not all redundant outfit are shown) of the month. I made a little mental challenge to make one new thing a week in May, fearing that I would run out of clothes by the middle of the month (not actually a problem). My May makes were the Morris Blazer, Nettie Bodysuit, Nina Culottes, and the Vintage May dress.