MMMayFat2021

As part of MMMay in 2019 and 2020, I’ve set various goals for myself- this year, I’m wondering what I can do to challenge myself!

Last year to celebrate MMMay I founded FatSewing.Club (and the @fatsewing.club instagram account) where I could share fat makers sharing under the MMMayPlus hashtag, which I had kick-started the year before.

Above, are some pictures from my daily photographs from MMMay last year. I really didn’t want to make a lot of work for myself, and we were in lockdown at the time, so I wasn’t leaving the house or wearing shoes most days

I had some thoughts and ‘learnings’ about MMMay2020, which I shared on the blog and they mostly revolved around how much easier last year was, how easy it was to choose outfits without thinking about shoes, and that my clothes were fitting better and were better made as my sewing skills improved.

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Leila and I chatted today on our weekly Patreon chat about our MMMay plans this year- and I’m a bit stuck on what to do that would challenge me. Most days I wear basically 100% me-made, including bralettes and undies. The only thing missing is me-made PJs, but Muna and Broad is working on a fix for that. I do still struggle with ‘fancy outfits’ but I also don’t have much need for them. Working through my UFO projects sounds very dull and I don’t even want to think about it (although it would be a great thing to do)!…

Basically, I’m at a bit of a loss for how I’ll be partaking in MMMay this year!

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1 year of Muna and Broad

It’s Muna and Broad’s first birthday party on the 15th of November and we’re planning on celebrating for the remainder of the month. It’s pretty amazing to think that after 1-year of working on patterns, it was possible to make M&B my full-time job!

The 15th of November is the anniversary of our website launch and our first pattern sales, so that’s when we’re counting from. We actually launched the Torrens Box Top as our first paid pattern, and then eventually went back and added extra sizes and full instructions to previously free the Glebe Pants and released those too!

What I learnt from MMMayPlus2020

For Me Made May this year, I pledged to take photos of my outfits and not repeat any outfits and I mostly managed to make good on those aims, apart from on the weekends when I would often wear lounge-wear for most of the weekend whilst sewing or cooking.

I found the month much easier to get through thanks, in no small part, to working-from-home! I shared photos over on my instagram grid and in my stories and although my photos from the month were pretty un-inspiring on the whole, I did have some interesting takeaways about my me-made wardrobe during the month.

Thing I learnt during Me Made May

Week 2 of MMMayPlus2020

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Left, Willandra Pants with a RTW sweater and McLean & Co scarf, Right a Torrens Box Top and pleated wool Glebe Pants

I think my main takeaway from week 2 of Me Made May is how much my indecision about shoes slows down getting dressed in the morning. Since I’ve been working from home, I haven’t fundamentally changed the things I wear but not having to choose shoes that are the right fit for my day ahead removes a huge burden!

#MMMayPlus2020

This Me Made May I’ll be taking part by wearing mostly me-made clothes for the month of May and endeavouring to avoid a single repeat outfit.

I’ll also be sharing pictures, sketches or flat-lays of my outfits and using #MMMayPlus2020

Last year for MMMay I did manage to wear me made clothes for the month of May, but I didn’t manage to finish all my unfinished objects (which was my other goal for the month).

I’ve organised a series of giveaways to celebrate plus-size sewing which will be shared through www.fatsewing.club, @fatsewing.club on instagram and on my instagram account @fat.bobbin.girl

My first Me-Made-May!

Since I started a public Instagram account in January, I’ve decided to go in boots and all and commit myself to Me Made May. In addition to wearing at least 1 handmade item per day this May, I will also finish all my current works-in-progress items (which is shamefully large).

I’ve enjoyed following along with the Me Made May hashtags in previous years, even though I never took part myself. And although it’s not a photo-challenge, lots of folks do take photos of their outfits for a little bit of public accountability.
There’s lots of amazing pictures in the following hashtags from previous years: #MMMay #MeMadeMay2018 #MeMadeMay18 #MeMadeMay17 #MeMadeMay2017

What is Me-Made-May and how does it work?
From Zoe’s website: Me-Made-May is a challenge designed to encourage people who make their own clothes to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe. You set the specifics of your own challenge to make it suitable and useful for YOU. However, one very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May. 

My current unfinished projects include (but are not limited to): Cashmerette Pembroke Dress (just hems to do), Cashmerette Concord Top (Neckline and hems to do), StyleArc Maude Tunic (only cut out), StyleArc Autumn (only cut out), Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants (hems to do), In The Folds Rushcutter Dress (Need to recut the sleeve section), Peppermint Magazine Peplum top x3 (various amounts of work to do).

Are you signing up for Me-Made-May? If so, what will you be pledging? Would you be interested in a Me-Made-May-Plus-Size hashtag?