MMM 13

Maternity Me-Made May: Can I Do It?

Recently I’ve started seeing all the buzz in Blogland about the upcoming Me-Made May 2013.  This immediately kicked off the following dialogue in my head:

Oh, Me-Made May, I’ve wanted to do that ever since I started sewing for myself!  (Which, coincidentally, was right during MMM last year).

But wait, I’m pregnant, which means that at least half of my me-made clothes don’t fit right now.  Like my Macaron — ha!

But some of it still fits.  And I can make a few more things.  I could do one item a day, right?  Maybe?  Ahhh!

So, I’m conflicted.

I’d love to participate in Me-Made May this year, but I’m seriously wondering whether I have enough me-made maternity-appropriate clothing in my arsenal to pull it off.

Currently, I have 2 Ruched Maternity Tshirts (just finished #2 last night — blog post coming as soon as I can get some pics), and a Ruched Maternity Skirt in my WIP pile.  The skirt just needs a casing and elastic at the waist and then a hem — don’t know what I’ve been waiting for.

My Briar, with its loose and flowy design, still pretty much fits.  I fully intended to make a few more of these tops also, since I can likely wear them (at least the cropped version) through this pregnancy and then after.  It’s an easy sew, so whipping up a couple more before the end of May is very doable.

The waist sits high enough on my Darling Ranges dresses that they should still be options through the end of May.  They will undoubtedly be too snug by the time September rolls around, but I should be able to squeak another 6 weeks out of them.

And then there are simple items like my Commuter Cowl (never blogged — oops!), and a couple of random infinity scarves that I made myself.

But that’s pretty much it for what’s currently in rotation — 2 maternity tees, 1 skirt, 1 Briar, 2 Darling Ranges and a Commuter Cowl.  Anything else I would have to start from scratch.

Still, with some strategic sewing, it might be doable. I have all the Megan Nielsen maternity patterns, and the Pina and Rie dresses would be good staples both during and after pregnancy.  The maternity skirt is a quick sew, and it wouldn’t take much to whip up a couple of knit maternity skirts ala Jess at Craftiness is Not Optional.  I also have the Casual Lady pattern, which should work for at least a little while during pregnancy if I make it in a super-stretchy knit.

I think I’m gradually talking myself into it!  So, here will be my pledge:

‘I, Katie, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavour to  wear one handmade item of clothing or accessory each day for the duration of May 2013’

I’d love to be able to commit to having a different outfit every day (even if the handmade items repeat), like Lauren at Lladybird, but I’m not sure that I have enough clothes or style to do that!

(And don’t worry, I’m not going to gunk up your readers with daily outfit photos.  A weekly wrap up is probably all that I’ll be able to muster!).

How about you?  Are you participating in Me-Made May?  Have you ever done it preggo?

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