Interview with Me Made May Creator Zoe – part 2

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This week we bring you the second half of our interview with Zoe Edwards, the mastermind behind Me Made May. Here she talks about what it’s all about, how you can get involved and where you sign up!

Who can participate in MMM? 
Anyone can! Even if you’ve only been making clothes for a week and only have one solitary self-stitched garment or accessory, you can take part by setting a challenging but do-able pledge to wear that thing more than you otherwise would. Hopefully that experience would lead you to figure out how you’d be able to spend your future making time more usefully, and make you feel proud of your achievements.

Do we all need to have a wardrobe full of beautifully stitched, handmade clothing? 
No. The participants decide the specifics of their own challenge, so that the month is appropriate and challenging for them. For example, a very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May 2017. But you can pledge to do whatever you like, no matter how new you are to sewing or knitting. How about pledging to wear two or more self-made garments a week? Or maybe to try making a new type of garment by the end of the month to wear on the final day? Perhaps you could pledge to finish all your UFO’s (unfinished objects) by 31st May.

Can we see how other people are getting on? Where can I go for some MMM inspiration?
Some participants choose to document their challenge photographically (it’s not compulsory for taking part though) and share them with others on social media. Lots of people choose to write about their challenge of their blogs if they have one, and/or share photos via twitter and instagram. Google searches and hashtag searches (#MMMay17, #memademay) should open up a world of inspiration!

What will your pledge be for this year? Do you have a standard set of self-sewn patterns you go back to for each MMM or do you like to mix it up? What do you wear more of in everyday life, self-drafted, other designer’s pattern or shop–bought clothing? 
I’m still considering how best to set my own pledge specifics for this year. I tend to think about how my lifestyle has evolved since the previous year, and consider what I would like to improve on (like wearing my self-made skirts more, or improving my mix-and-match game) and make a suitable pledge based on that. My current wardrobe is about 90% me-made and refashioned items, with 10% secondhand (often donated from my best friend!). I still buy bras, socks, tights and footwear new, but one day when I’m no longer breastfeeding, I’ll have a go at making bras too.

We're taking part!

Sounds like we’d better get making …
You can but MMM isn’t a reason to make lots of new clothes (unless you want to). This challenge is about wearing the items that you have already created, not about stock-piling more makes. However, if you want to use taking part in the challenge as the kick in the butt you need to finally hem that half-finished skirt, or rework an ill-fitting garment, then great. Remember, this challenge is meant to be fun, and panic-making isn’t fun! So please people, NO PANIC-SEWING/MAKING NECESSARY OR CONDONED!

Where do I sign up?
All you have to do is copy the pledge below and paste it into the comments section of my MMMay’17 post, having adapted it to include your details and the personal specification of your challenge, before 1st May 2017:

 ‘I, (insert name here and blog address/instagram handle if you have one), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’17. I endeavour to wear………………………………………………… each day for the duration of May 2017.’

So if you’re feeling inspired to get making or show off what you’ve already made, sign up here! And don’t forget if you’ve made anything with our fabric, you can enter our super duper Me Made May competition for a chance to win some fabulous sewing prizes. For more information, click here to see how to enter, and if you want to see how our own MMM wardrobes are working out, you can find us on Instagram under @emporiafabricandcraft and @lottejamiesoncrafts.

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Enter our Anniversary Prize Draw and Me Made May Winner!

This week it’s a double whammy on the competition front – not only are we announcing the winner of our Me Made May 16 competition, but we’re also inviting you to enter our fabulous prize draw! Competition craziness!

So first up, who won the MMM title this year?

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Big congratulations to Annette Battersby who made these adorable dungarees in some of our disty floral fabric for her granddaughter Amber. Annette wins her choice of a pattern and enough fabric from the shop to make it up. And thanks to everyone who took part – all the entries were fabulous, and we really enjoyed seeing our fabrics transformed into some wonderful garments. We hope to see you all again next year for some more of the same.

And now onto the next competition! Except it’s not a competition as such – it’s prize draw which celebrates our first anniversary of being in Park Mall. Yes, on the 17th July we will have been in our fabulous (newish) unit for one whole year, and so to mark the occasion we’ve put together a fantastically crafty and exciting bundle of goodies to give away, all of which comes to around £140.00 worth of products and materials from the shop. Take a closer look at what you could be getting your crafty mitts on:

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Included in the prize basket is: six Rowan Hand Knit Cotton balls in gorgeous soft blues and greens, two Knit Pro Waves crochet hooks in 4mm and 4.5mm, two sets of Brittany birch knitting needles in 4mm and 4.5mm, a copy of Knitting and Crochet magazine, a copy of the Sewing Made Simple bookzine, a large pompom maker, a glue pen, a rotary cutter, a selection of Pebble hand sewing needles, three cotton reels, and a fat quarter bundle of new Gutermann pinks, greys and blues. Not a bad selection even if we do say so ourselves! Whether you are a sewer, knitter, crochet fan or just an all round crafter, just think what you could get up to with all this lovely lot. And if you’re new to any or all of it, this could be your chance to learn a new skill or even donate some of the prize to a friend who you know will use it. Either way, we know we would love to win something like this, so we hope you all would too.

So next time you pop into the shop for fabric, wool, haberdashery or crafts, if you’re spending over £20, just write your name, email and phone number down on an entry form and you could be in with a chance of winning the whole kaboodle.

Entry into the prize draw closes at 5pm on Saturday 16th July 2016 – keep your eyes peeled for more information on events taking place for our one year Park Mall anniversary coming soon!