As a blogger, I really suck at Me-Made May. That’s not because I haven’t followed through with my commitment to wear a me-made item every day, because I have (with just a couple of small cheat days). But I really suck at taking pictures of those me-made items every day and styling things in an interesting way since I have a fairly good-sized baby bump to work around.
For me, photo shoots are something that take planning. I have two small children at home and a full-time lawyer gig, and those two things pretty much take up the entirety of the daylight hours during the week. Any photos of me wearing items I make generally must happen on the weekends when I can actually take 10 minutes to go outside with a camera.
So, I apologize for my lack of posting during MMM13 and my complete and utter failure to document my daily outfits. I have generally been sticking to my commitment, with just two cheat days thrown in there. And on those days, one or both of the kids were wearing items that I made, so it wasn’t a complete cheat, right?
But here’s what MMM has taught me about my handmade wardrobe:
- I really don’t have enough me-made maternity-friendly items to really be able to wear something handmade everyday for a month. I’ve still been squeezing into my Darling Ranges dresses and Washi Dresses (blogged here and here), but I’ve hit the huge-boobs stage of this pregnancy, and they don’t really fit all that comfortably anymore. I pretty much have to wear a cardigan over the Darling Ranges dresses or risk flashing someone through the gaping buttons!
- My me-made wardrobe in general lacks basic foundation pieces. You know, a little black dress or navy pants or solid color t-shirts. Things like that. I love my printed dresses and tops that I’ve made, but one of my most useful items during MMM has been a white eyelet Sorbetto top that I made months ago but never got around to blogging. Simply by virtue of being white, it’s pretty versatile and can go with lots of different things.
- I frequently gravitate towards separates for work, and I have very few work-appropriate handmade separates, maternity or otherwise. Skirts are such an easy make, and a few basic pencil and A-line skirts would go a long way towards making my me-made wardrobe more versatile. Over the next year, I also want to try my hand at a pair of trousers or two (post-baby, I’d love to try the Thurlow pattern, which is currently on loan to a non-preggo friend).
- Daily outfit photos just don’t work for me. Maybe they will someday, but for now it’s too hard to find the time and decent location for a daily shot. I hope others are understanding and know that I have stuck to my pledge, even though I can’t prove it!
I read a post recently on Sew Country Chick about sewing a basic wardrobe, and I really want to adopt much of the advice in that post. I love the idea of having a significantly smaller wardrobe than my current one, but having pieces that all work together cohesively. That will include a lot of wardrobe basics with fun, trendy pieces thrown in for some flavor.
In sum, I’m relieved that MMM13 is over. I found it to be a beneficial experience and one that I will likely repeat next year. Still, I’m looking forward to getting dressed tomorrow and not worrying about whether I’m wearing a handmade piece. I may even wear a completely RTW outfit just because!