I have signed up for Me Made May and am really looking forward to it. I thoroughly enjoyed these challenges last year. Why?:
- It makes me finish things that I start and don't quite finish
- Makes me more aware of the clothes I sew
- Reminds me of the gaps in my self stitched wardrobe
- Makes me feel proud of the items I do make
Tilly, of Tilly and the Buttons did a good blog post the other day on the cost of sewing. Living in Canada, with all the big box stores I can buy clothes for half the price that it costs to make them sometimes. But what of the quality and thought that goes into that article? What person in some far off foreign country was paid minimum age to mass produce that item? I could go on, but I like to take care and produce something specifically for me.
I try and re-use fabrics and pop into Value Village often to see what fabric and cheap patterns I can pick up. I make the most of sales at my local fabric stores.
It's not as if I have all the time in the world either. Like many of us I have a more than a full time job and a family. I also run and play golf, so sewing is only a part of my life and these Me Made / Self Stitched months make me celebrate my little achievements.
Also, most my my real live friends don't sew and so it's nice to get feedback from the on-line sewing community on my self stitched articles.