Wednesday, 30 April 2014

But this time it'll be different...

I'm doing Me Made May again this year - my 4th year in a row, thank you Zoe!  Every year I do a lot of thinking beforehand (will I? won't I?), then sign up at the last minute! This year I've signed up to wear at least one me made every day in May. And even though that's the same pledge as I made last year, I think it'll be a challenge!

Why will it be a challenge? You've got so many me made clothes!

Yes, I do have a lot of clothes that I've made for myself, but my wardrobe isn't as extensive as it appears. Over the last few months I've dropped a few sizes and a good part of my wardrobe is now simply too big on me. For example, I now have no me made pants or leggings that fit. On the plus side, I've rediscovered a couple of ancient makes that now fit me again - just - even if they're incredibly out of fashion.

And a couple of things that I made too tight now fit (yes Elisalex, you will be worn zipped up this year). Oh and did I mention I loathe alterations? Not even going to think about it!

But at least the photos aren't a challenge for you!

Hmm, actually they are. Last year my dear colleague Marylene took the majority of my MMM13 photos for me (here, and here), with another colleague, Helga, helping me with MMM13 and blog photos when Marylene was unavailable. And both of them made taking attractive photos look easy. This year both of my work photographers are on maternity leave (Marylene, Helga - help?).  I don't enjoy taking photos of myself, and I know I can't assume friends and family members will be willing to do it for me.

And it's fantastic to meet the whole community online!

Yes, it is! You'll get no argument from me there  - wonderful, interesting sewists all over the world! But do you know what that means? Late. Nights. On. The. Computer.  Last year I spent so many hours on Flickr every night and morning admiring everyone's efforts and it wasn't really fair on my family - plus I was utterly exhausted by the end of the month!

So here's my pledge, and here's how I'm planning to do it this year:

I, Gabrielle of, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear at least 1 me made garment each day for the duration of May 2014. 

  • I'll try to stick to the stuff that fits and that's in current rotation. But I CAN wear stuff that doesn't fit if I'm running out of ideas or still feel half asleep when I get dressed.
  • Did I really pledge just 1 me made a day? Hmmm. I do have some jackets, so I think I should beef that up to 10 me mades a week for more of a challenge.
  • Fresh photos are not obligatory. Sorry! I know it's fascinating to get a glimpse of lives around the globe, and to see what the makes look like in the wild, but the photos are the main reason I nearly didn't sign up this year. So if it gets too hard, I will resort to existing photos to illustrate what I wore.
  • I'm not going to upload my photos to Flickr or Pinterest and check out everyone else's makes every day - I'm going to try to restrain myself to once or twice a week. 
And at the end I'm hoping to have a better idea of the gaps in my wardrobe, which will hopefully encourage me to sew that sort of garment (pants, hmm?) instead of new summer dresses when it's autumn.

Hope to see you there :)

- Gabrielle xx


  1. Yay, glad you decided to join. Photos are a big challenge for me too as my daughter who used to take my photos is now studying in Adelaide. The guys I live with take weird pictures of me, I end up with super short legs and disproportionately long torsos :( So I'm likely to make do on most days with fashion flatlay pictures

  2. i'm so glad you're in this year too. Once or twice a week sounds like a very sane idea. Family does come first and working out how you'll participate and keep energised is a good approach to #MMMay14.
    The 'fashion flatlay' photos are a great idea. Especially on days when my hair is on the fritz:))

  3. Excellent, I'm not alone, and will be in the same boat as a lot of my previous garments are failing faster than I can replace them!

  4. I'm afraid I seem to be getting bigger every year so have the opposite problem!!!!! :) I was umming and ahhing this year as well but have signed up to the Flickr group so will see you there.

  5. Gabrielle Corbett3 May 2014 at 16:19

    I'm glad you're in too, Maria! MMM can be a bit overwhelming, so I think it'll help keep the pressure off to remember we can use a clothes only photo if we want! I don't think I've ever seen your hair on the fritz though!

  6. Gabrielle Corbett3 May 2014 at 16:20

    I think the boat is quite crowded Sharon! I keep seeing people mentioning their MMM wardrobe gaps... but I'm sure we'll manage!

  7. Gabrielle Corbett3 May 2014 at 16:22

    Oh well, it equates to the same problem, doesn't it - stuff that doesn't fit! My size just seems to go up and down so much - and that's why it's OK to be a hoarder, I rest my case :). I'll see you on Flickr too!

  8. That's great you're rediscovering some old makes! I too spent a lot of time on the flickr group last year but will need to limit my time this year as well. Looking forward to seeing your makes!

  9. Gabrielle Corbett4 May 2014 at 20:18

    Well I've rediscovered them but it looks like the weather has turned cold so I'll have to stick with the more recent stuff! I'm trying to limit myself to weekend evenings, but it's going to be hard not to pop in - and it's going to be a big catch-up! Look forward to seeing you once a week on Flickr (though I can't promise to stay off Instagram).


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