Getting Ready for Me Made May 2015


Me Made May kicks off next week and we are starting to get excited and a bit panicky in equal measure. Having made our pledges, which you can see below, we have both decided to get a bit more sewing under our belts before the event kicks off (and possibly at the beginning of the month too …) so that we have plenty to wear throughout it. Taking a look at the self made garments already existing as part of our collective wardrobes these are the pledges we have decided to make for the first ever official joint Emporia and lotte jamieson MMM.

‘I, Clair Heal from Emporia Fabric & Craft as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15, endeavour to wear one me made garment each day for the duration of May 2015.’

‘I, lotte jamieson, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15. I endeavour to wear at least three self made or home made garments each week of MMM and will attempt to NOT wear my jeans as much as physically possible for the duration of May 2015.’

So as part of our preparation for this year’s sewing special, we thought we would share with you some of our plans for the month. We’d also love to know whether you’ve pledged to take part and what, if any, kind of last minute sewing you are getting up to as we approach the last week of April.


Destined to be turned into a whole load of lovely t shirts

Clair has decided to pay a little tribute to Zoe, the founder of Me Made May, and use one of her patterns – the Dolores. It’s a t shirt/dress pattern designed for stretch knit fabrics, which gives Clair the ideal chance to try out some of our gorgeous jerseys; another pattern designed for jersey fabric that we picked up at the Knitting and Stitching Show will be providing her with a casual dress to wear during MMM. She’s also planning on making up some a line skirts in some of our brighter and funkier cottons, using a pattern that she has created herself.

Hedgehog, cotton reels and framed flower print skirt anyone?

Hedgehog, cotton reels and framed flower print skirt anyone?

My plans for the coming month are to get to grips with the jersey myself, and make at least one t shirt, more than likely with the fabulous multi cloured stripes; I’m also going to use Clair’s fabulous a line pocket skirt pattern to create one for myself, and if that’s successful, maybe another one too! My two main aims for this year’s MMM are to make a dress with sleeves – the Sew Over It Tea Dress, which will hopefully keep my arms warm if May turns out to be a bit chilly, and attempt to make some sort of jacket. Adventurous as that sounds, I can assure you all that it won’t be a complicated affair and probably won’t even feature any buttons or closures of any sort! But what a jacket does do is allow you to wear a Me Made garment very easily almost every day. I might also get around to making those long dreamt of pyjamas that were constantly in my thoughts it Germany – again, another easy way to wear your own made garments very regularly.


Quite a grownup dress

Still not signed up for Me Made May yourself? Head over to So Zo’s page and take a look at what’s involved. Anyone who comes into the shop during May wearing their MMM garments, will have their picture taken and posted on the wall, and they will be entered into a competition to win a £25.00 voucher to spend in the shop! Or you can simply post your pictures on Facebook, tag us and you’ll still be in with a chance to win.

Now all we have to do is make our final fabric (and pattern) choices, get out that tape measure and get sewing!

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