Me Made May :: 31 Days of Handmade

memademay- 31 days of handmade from a happy stitch

I did it! The whole month of May, 31 days!  And, every single, flipping day I was sporting something handmade without a single overlap.  Me Made May is amazing, friends! If you are tempted to join in, please do next year.  It’s really wonderful.   These photos are just a sampling but I hope they convey how completely proud of myself I really am.

me made may halfway pointAs I’ve discussed, I didn’t expect this month of handmade to be such a big deal but by having to dress in handmade items all month long I was able to come out of my shell a little bit and discover my own sense of style just a wee bit more.  Part of me wants to continue into June while the other part of me is over-the-moon at the prospect of not having to take another picture of myself! Selfie be gone!  Tomorrow I might not brush my hair, shower, and I’m tempted to stay in my pajamas.

But, here is a quick round up of why I loved Me Made May: 1) I ran a 5K in a handmade tank top, 2) I grabbed things out of my closet that I wasn’t crazy about until I got compliments all day long about them, 3) I taught sewing classes in clothing I had made, 4)   I made new friends who were playing along, and 5) I completely lost the self-consciousness that sometimes accompanies wearing handmade.

Not bad for a month’s effort, huh?

 

10 Comments on Me Made May :: 31 Days of Handmade

  1. Daniela D
    June 1, 2014 at 8:49 am (3 years ago)

    Oh my goodness, Melissa. You are my HERO. Amazing, just amazing. You are an inspiration to us all!

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    • Melissa Q.
      June 1, 2014 at 11:32 am (3 years ago)

      You are so sweet! Thank you so much. This has been a great learning opportunity.

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  2. Krissy W
    June 1, 2014 at 8:51 am (3 years ago)

    You are so inspiring! I love how you have grown and transformed even in the past year. You have inspired me to attempt the same, though I am self taught of only a year now! I enjoy sewing for myself and women. I wonder if you gave a bullet list run down of where your patterns came from. I know some were listed in previous blogs…or maybe a review of your top 5 pr 10 favorite personal pattern pieces. Thanks for sharing your life! It wasn’t awkward but exciting to see!

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    • Melissa Q.
      June 1, 2014 at 11:36 am (3 years ago)

      Krissy! You are making my day. You are so smart, I totally should have listed my top 5 or 10 patterns. Maybe I will do that at some point soon but just off the top of my head, the patterns I use for comfortable, every day wear are: The Plantain Tee by deer & doe (free), the Washi Dress by Made by Rae (as a tunic and a dress); The Wiksten Tova (as a top and a dress); The Scoop Neck Tee from Skirt as Top (free tutorial); and a simple fold-over knit skirt of my own design.

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  3. melintheattic
    June 1, 2014 at 8:53 am (3 years ago)

    I loved watching you get more and more confident as the month went on. You rock so hard. And I still want that lightning top.

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    • Melissa Q.
      June 1, 2014 at 11:31 am (3 years ago)

      Like lightning!! I wish we had had matching tops for our honky tonk adventure!

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  4. kristin
    June 1, 2014 at 10:07 am (3 years ago)

    awesome! i loved watching MMM and you were rockin’ it all month. totally know what you mean about becoming more comfortable/confident wearing handmades, i feel like the more i wear handmade, the more “normal” it feels.

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    • Melissa Q.
      June 1, 2014 at 11:30 am (3 years ago)

      Oh, thank you so much! Yes, it totally gets more normal. It’s wonderful like that!

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  5. natalie aka hungryhippie
    June 3, 2014 at 2:53 am (3 years ago)

    I love this roundup! You ran a 5K in a hand made tank top? Can we say AWESOME!!!!!!! Now I’m off to google these patterns and dive in. Thanks for your inspiring share.

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    • Melissa Q.
      June 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh, thank you so much Natalie!

      Reply

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