Hey friends! Hope you’re all safe at this time.
Before I talk about reflections on Me Made May 2020, I just wanted to say something. With what’s been happening in the world recently, I’ve been doing a lot of behind-the-screen work on how to best become an ally. Although I’ll be more vocal in my personal life to racism, and be sharing a lot about the current affairs in relation to the current US news online. I have taken the decision to not tokenise the black people in my communities. Instead, I will put effort in changing my spending habits to support black businesses, diversify my social feeds and to address my own misgivings. Going back to posting my white ass face constantly isn’t me being silent. The atrocities that have and continue to happen to black people worldwide won’t end because I’m taking on a trend of being ‘woke’.
I’m trying my best to do the work. I will get it wrong often, too. Feel free to call me out at any time, I will continue to learn. Business is not ‘as usual’, it’s renewed, just not tokenising and fetishising POC.
Me Made May 2020
So we’re getting back to handmade outfits and a little review on my MMMay 2020. If you hadn’t been following throughout the month, it was basically a challenge to wear me-made outfits all the month. My personal goal was to wear my whole handmade wardrobe (spoiler alert; it’s impossible), which ended up turning into a challenge to just get dressed during lockdown.
Dress; Check-A Check-Ow (Butterick B5880)
I wouldn’t say that I’ve particularly ‘won’ at the challenge this year. Not just because it turned out I own more handmade clothing than I had days to wear them. Mostly because half the time I was sat around at home and didn’t really want to get dressed. I’m not going to sit here and feel bad about that, though. Quarantine has been three months of general weirdness, and honestly pyjamas were necessary a lot of the time.
Dress; Last of the Summer Gingham (Butterick B5880)
One of the biggest hurdles to wearing some of my handmade clothing is simply that a lot of them don’t fit at the moment. Some don’t fit at all, but the majority is a bit tight thanks to lockdown weight gain. Thanks to early-lockdown-me for all the baked goods!
Skirt; Strawberry Sundae (Self-drafted dirndl skirt)
But the best part of Me Made May 2020 was really that it inspired me to sit at my sewing machine again. It’s given me my love for sewing and putting together clothing once more. My hope is that this continues once I’m back at work, because I’d really hate to lose out on my sew-jo again!
Plus, I’m definitely continuing my new tradition of making a new Birthday Dress each year!
And sew (hehe) that’s a wrap on Me Made May 2020. I hope you enjoyed it!