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Weekend: Me Made May 2014

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The weekend doesn’t start until tomorrow, but I’m coming at ya a day early. Why? Because today starts the month-long commitment to handmade and home sewn clothing and accessories. It’s Me Made May y’all.

Started 4 years ago by So Zo… What do you know?, MMM asks participants to take a pledge to wear self-stitched or refashioned garments. “I, (insert name here and blog address if applicable), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavor to wear _ each day for the duration of May 2014” is what the participant pledgesΒ on day 1. What’s great about this challenge is that the number of clothes is not a factor for participation. If you only have one me-made garment, you can pledge to wear it however many times during the month. MMM is also illuminating. You learn throughout the month what silhouettes, fabrics, etc work for you, and on the flip side, what is missing from your wardrobe.

I’ve always thought this was a great initiative, but I never participated. One, because even though the rules specify that the number of self-stitched clothing doesn’t doesn’t matter, I felt I didn’t have enough to warrant my participation. It just seemed silly to commit to wear one item throughout May. Two, because my projects up until recently have been a little too over-the-top to wear on a everyday basis. Let’s be real. If I wore a gown to work, I would probably receive stares from colleagues who already question my sartorial choices. But this year, I honed in and defined my style. I looked at my closet in January and thought, “I have so much junk.” I didn’t want it all anymore. Simplicity became my motto and mindset. So, I threw it almost all of it away, about 90%. My wardrobe is smaller than it’s ever been, but it’s much more effective. Also, now that I know what my style is, at least for now (I’m sure it will change as I mature), it’s easy to find sewing project and thus, I’m sewing more. Proof: last year, I made a total of 5 garments, and this month, I made 5 garments!

So for MMM 2014, I’m participating! I probably won’t document it because I’m not a fan of selfies, but “I, Maddie Flanigan of Madalynne, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavor to wear 2 self stitched garments each week for the duration of May 2014.”

Like chanting during a sorority or a fraternity event (I swear I never did that!), I feel a little korny participating, but it’s for a good cause and I agree with the message behind it. Let’s do this!


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    I love this, Maddie! And I vote that you SHOULD document your MMM items as you wear them! I’ve started wearing a LOT more clothing that I have designed and made myself, and it’s made me realize and appreciate how much better my work has grown in the past 5 years. I used to barely be able to wear things I made myself because I would constantly notice the parts I wasn’t totally happy with. Now I find myself wearing at least one or two pieces that I made myself almost every day! (It helps that I make most of my own undies and bralettes, or course!)

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Ha! I’m sure it helps that you make your own intimates!
      One of my sewing teachers said to me, “if you wouldn’t wear it, why would anyone else?” Not an Einstein statement, but still genius. Even though I don’t sell my clothing, I want my clothes to be on that level; if someone else wouldn’t wear it, neither would I.

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    I totally agree with your thought that having a simpler, smaller closet makes it easier to dress (and sew). It’s so invigorating to know what you love to wear, and that gives me so much energy to sew! Looking forward to seeing your outfits- I hope you decide to document (maybe just IG selfies?).

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      Maddie Flanigan

      As per our Twitter conversation, all blame goes on you πŸ™‚

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    Lady ID

    I signed up too πŸ™‚

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    Amanda Russell

    That’s awesome!! I’m glad to hear your reasons for not participating in the past, because while I too love the idea of MMM i have never participated either, for the same reason. My wardrobe is very VERY sparse, and I’m just starting to get to the point where I have a couple basic staples that are being worn often; bonus, I’m realizing they’re mostly me-made! πŸ™‚ I still only have a couple, so no MMM for me this year, but I’m pretty sure I see next year on the horizon for me πŸ™‚

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    i agree with this completely! i am actually going to use MMM to examine some of my choices and perhaps undertake a dreaded purge – dreaded because i definitely have hoarder tendencies…

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    It’ll be fun! I considered it as well, if I took the pressure off to document daily. Maybe I’ll work on my instagramming. P.s. I love your window!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Isn’t the lighting amazing? I love being in the studio. I get in the zone and never want to leave.

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