Well, Me-Made-May is over. I must admit that by the end of the month, I was jonesing to slip into my old reliable Dockers black capri pants and/or a store-bought T-shirt (I'm wearing the latter as we speak--albeit with a me-made skirt). Overall, though, I loved the challenge and most of all enjoyed bonding with fellow sewists around the world. Most of us find ourselves now asking, "Now what?" Well, without even searching, I've discovered several clothing challenges that should keep the creativity flowing for months to come.
Looking at my daily outfit photos from Me-Made-May, I realized that on 8 out of 31 days, I wore a solid black garment either on top or bottom (and frequently craved the company of the aforementioned black capris). Black is chic, of course, and it's so easy to combine with other colors and patterns, but it seems like I'm using it as a crutch. So when I read about Sal's Summer Black-Out, I was intrigued. Sal herself has pledged to wear no black all summer (which sounds like crazy talk to me), but has challenged her readers to join her for a mini-black-out next week. It's only from June 7 to June 14. I can manage that, right? We'll find out!
Ali, a Me-Made-Mayer, was so inspired by the camaraderie she found in the MMM group that she's started a summer sew-along so we can keep the mojo going. The goal is for each participant to sew five summer garments by August 1. This sounds like a good challenge--it won't be easy for me to squeeze in that much sewing time, but I think it's still do-able. Having the support of my fellow sew-alongers (which is totally not a word) should keep me focused.
For a while now, I've been thinking about trying to make a coat. This sew-along could give me the motivation I need. I haven't committed to this, but the timeline on the sew-along blog gives me until June 24 to figure it out, and until the end of August to do the sewing.
And looking ahead...Zoe, the mastermind behind Me-Made-May, has already begun organizing Self-Stitched-September. It'll be fun to see how everyone's styles change with the seasons (although really, our weather here in Atlanta in September probably won't be much different from what we had in May).
With all these fun and creative events in the pipeline, I'm hoping to keep the handmade happiness going!