6.01.2015

Me-Made-May 2015 Wrap-up Summary

Me-Made-May 2015 is over and what a whirlwind, wonderful month it was!
First off, I'd like to thank Zoe for hosting another great Me-Made-May where sewists from all over the world come together for this one month to support and encourage each other as we all endeavor to create our own personal handmade wardrobe.

My personal pledge for this second year of participating, was to better my photography skills and try to figure out what exactly is  'my style'.  As you can see by the collage above I photographed 23 days out of 31 days of May.  That is a record for me!  Most days I was able to take the time to analyze 'light' and how to filter light through nature's trees and leaves.  Definitely prefer outdoor photos to indoor shots.  Produced an 'action' shot of bike riding, a first..... and thoughtfully tried to 'tell a story' with most photographs.  It was fun to go on local outings to share a little of beautiful South Carolina with everyone and that is something I hope to continue through this blog.  Was even brave enough to snap a few photographs in 'public' in my small town where this is most unusual.  I got better at focusing the self-timed shots, even though my camera does not have the wireless remote capability.  Overall, feel this month stretched my photography skills and I have improved.

Style..... what is 'my style'.  Not sure I know the answer to that question 31 days later, but found I really enjoyed wearing skirts most days and REALLY enjoyed wearing the one and lonely only dress I've made.  Need.... want.... to make more dresses!  Also realized basics are simply my lifestyle, but they do not have to necessarily be 'boring'.  So in the future, as I sew up more basics, aiming for some with a little interest, or unusual design feature like the new Ottobre top

One interesting fact I noticed this year, as compared to last year, was that I did not repeat garments until more into mid/late-May, and I was able to mix and match my separates in a more creative way than I had been doing.  Yay!  

I won't lie..... Me-Made-May, to me, is a lot of work..... at least the way I like to participate..... but in the same breath, is so worth all the effort as I treasure the international 'friendships' made during this month.  Not to mention daily viewing of creative, inspiring garments sewn by very talented women for 31 straight days.

There are a couple of ways to view my participation in Me-Made-May 2015.  One is through my flickr album you can access here.   Also through the blog you can access here.  There may be a few things in the flickr album that was not blogged about.  Most photos via flickr have corresponding links to pattern information.  I also included most days on Instagram you can access here.

Now to channel the creative inspiration, and energy!, from the month of May into more handmade garments.  Already looking forward to Me-Made-May 2016!

16 comments:

  1. Hello, Lisa, now I've found your blog! I love your style with the pastel colours very much, it suits you so well! And all of your photos have been interesting! Nice to meet you, SaSa

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    1. Hi SaSa!!! Nice to meet you too! Your beautiful outfits are such an inspiration and I'm so glad we 'met' during this year's Me-Made-May! Your dresses have inspired me to sew more dresses. Look forward to staying in touch through our blogs.

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  2. Congratulations on getting through the entire month and of meeting your goals. I love the glimpses you give us of South Carolina and of your piece of Paradise. It's so lush and so different from the Kansas suburbs in which I live! Should I ever start a blog, I will definitely take presentation inspiration from you.

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    1. Thank you Barbara! It means a lot to receive feedback that folks enjoy seeing a little of my part of South Carolina! I shall hopefully incorporate more excursions in future posts as that is truly 'who' I am. I love to sew..... but I also love to be out and about in nature. So I'll try to combine my hobbies a little more, instead of keeping them so separated on this blog. You know I'd love to see your pretty clothes if you ever decide to start a blog!

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  3. Me May does look like hard work, especially the way you have done it, with an emphasis on also improving your photography - that aspect alone must have taken a couple of hours a day. And certainly in your climate in May, skirts and dresses would be lovely. Skirts, little tops...little cardi(gan)s and little cardis over dresses.

    I hope to take part next year, I intended to this year, but we literally had a whirlwind in April, and too much going on with the roof holes in May - so I decided to postpone and just sew where possible instead.

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    1. I was just talking with my husband about this very subject last night and he was saying how much 'work' Me-Made-May is..... and I was quick to point out it was all pressure I was putting on myself..... not any group pressure. But that is how I learn.... put the pressure on myself to do things.... try new things. It's nice to take a few minutes to write the MMM wrap-ups and reflect on what personal goals were met and where improvement is still needed.

      You've had a LOT going on and you did not need any more pressure from anyone, anything, nor definitely from yourself! You were wise to wait and sew where possible.

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  4. What a nice way to end May. Have really enjoyed your photos and the trip through lovely South Carolina. You photography is wonderful, and I have been taking notes. Looking forward to seeing more photos, and gleaning from you. Your style is very chic and classy, and have a lot of great pieces.

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  5. I wouldn't have guessed that you made the pictures by yourself! I always thought someone else was taking them! Your a mistress of selfies! :) I really liked all of your photos and your garments! To me you have a unique style. You seem to exactly know what colors do look best on you! :) I'm glad you participated and shared your outfits and that I have a new beautiful and inspiring blog to follow :)

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    1. Thank You Frobelina! Yes, I have a Canon Rebel T3 that does not have wireless remote capability, so I have to set up in a way the camera will focus on 'me' and not the surroundings using a tripod. It was such fun to 'meet' you this year and your dresses and knitted cardis are beautiful! I look forward to staying in touch through our blogs too. :)

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  6. I, too, was blown away when I realized that you did the photography yourself. I can barely get a decent shot of anything (!) while behind my simple point and shoot! I truly think your photos look professionally done. I'm not sure I would ever enter into a "Me-Made-Month" clothing type of challenge but I'd love to do it with some other craft. Someday. :o)

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    1. Thank you Mama Pea! Your quilts need to be shown and a part of some sort of 'challenge' as they as so beautiful and beautifully made! :)

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  7. I am so enjoyed your company during the whole month, Lisa! I love all your pretty garments and your pictures :)
    You are becoming a great photographer :) xx

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    1. I so enjoyed getting to know you better too Hana during Me-Made-May! Your garments are lovely and I look forward to staying in touch through MAGAM and our blogs! :)

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  8. Your me-made May is a tour de force. You've got all angles covered, and your choice of garments to make is practical and attractive. And you do your own photos too! I wish I could manage as well. Regards TS

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