My Pledge and Makes for #memademay2019: Mending and Using What I Have

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Can I just say I love #memademay? This year it was totally on my radar and I was really excited about planning ahead for this month and being able to get on board to participate right when it started.

I really fought the urge to over commit myself to this challenge and focused on creating a pledge that I could really get behind. I also tried to keep in mind that if I didn’t follow the pledge to a T I wouldn’t beat myself up it; since I tend to look at all “challenges” as something to perfect. Whoops.

My pledge: 'I, Sharleen Graybill, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May 2019. I endeavor to finish all old projects and use my current fabric stash for new projects during May 2019'

Let’s see how I did for the month of May.

From left to right/top to bottom of when I originally made these items!: Blue gingham peplum top made May 2016, Linen Patti Pocket Skirt , Gingham vintage pattern dress .

From left to right/top to bottom of when I originally made these items!: Blue gingham peplum top made May 2016, Linen Patti Pocket Skirt , Gingham vintage pattern dress .

Although I only showed four pictures here is the actual list I wrote down in my planner for this month. I think some I added but I don’t think over-mending projects is ever really a bad thing. Below is that actual list of what I wanted to accomplish this month. I had a picture of mending makes first and then working on new makes with fabric I already had. I was so busy with mending project though I never really got to much of the new projects.

List of Goals for #Memademay2019

Below is each make that I mended or made for May:

All this top needed was the placket needed to be restitched in a section as well as the ruffles were coming slightly apart on one side. Easy peasy. Took 5 minutes. And I now still wear this top and love it!

All this top needed was the placket needed to be restitched in a section as well as the ruffles were coming slightly apart on one side. Easy peasy. Took 5 minutes. And I now still wear this top and love it!

This has to be my top favorite picture of me and my sweet girl. She has the best little personality ever. I love her to pieces.

This has to be my top favorite picture of me and my sweet girl. She has the best little personality ever. I love her to pieces.

You can kinda see that huge back dart I ended up putting in this dress to make it fit more on the waist than on the hips. I love seriously love this skirt and I am so happy it’s something I can wear more often now! Find the pattern here  Patti Pocket Skirt by Amy Nicole Studio .

You can kinda see that huge back dart I ended up putting in this dress to make it fit more on the waist than on the hips. I love seriously love this skirt and I am so happy it’s something I can wear more often now! Find the pattern here Patti Pocket Skirt by Amy Nicole Studio.

I can’t open my eyes to save my life so this is the best picture I could get...This pretty little tan gauze dress didn’t need to be mending but it did need to be finished! I added four button holes and buttons to the back and it was done! This dress is actually quite perfect for summer with this lightweight gauze fabric but I can also see this being layered with cute stockings and a cardigan when it gets to be a bit cooler outside in the Fall.

I can’t open my eyes to save my life so this is the best picture I could get...This pretty little tan gauze dress didn’t need to be mending but it did need to be finished! I added four button holes and buttons to the back and it was done! This dress is actually quite perfect for summer with this lightweight gauze fabric but I can also see this being layered with cute stockings and a cardigan when it gets to be a bit cooler outside in the Fall.

After mending and wearing this top it promptly went into the “get rid of” pile. Once I sewed the strap back on and wore it the straps kept slipping off as the top would ride up so I decide to put this in the donate pile. But I am so happy that I mending it so that I can decide whether or not to keep it instead of having it sit in a drawer all sad and crumpled up not living it’s best life.

After mending and wearing this top it promptly went into the “get rid of” pile. Once I sewed the strap back on and wore it the straps kept slipping off as the top would ride up so I decide to put this in the donate pile. But I am so happy that I mending it so that I can decide whether or not to keep it instead of having it sit in a drawer all sad and crumpled up not living it’s best life.

This was an item that I loved but never wore because the hem was waaaay to long. I trimmed it and hemmed it but after taking like 4 inches off I still need to hem them so I don’t always have to wear them with heels all the time! This jumpsuit was made through combining the  Ogden Cami  pattern with the pants pattern from  Gertie’s Sews Vintage Casual .

This was an item that I loved but never wore because the hem was waaaay to long. I trimmed it and hemmed it but after taking like 4 inches off I still need to hem them so I don’t always have to wear them with heels all the time! This jumpsuit was made through combining the Ogden Cami pattern with the pants pattern from Gertie’s Sews Vintage Casual.

Another small mending project I did was blind stitch a seam that was coming undone on one side. Took probably all of 5 mins.

Another small mending project I did was blind stitch a seam that was coming undone on one side. Took probably all of 5 mins.

I also added a hook and eye closure to a portion of this vintage pattern dress. It was opening around the waist in between the buttons so adding the hook and eye closure was a quick fix that worked.

I also added a hook and eye closure to a portion of this vintage pattern dress. It was opening around the waist in between the buttons so adding the hook and eye closure was a quick fix that worked.

Even after mending this dress I still think I would like to make a different one in another pattern. I really love this dress and the fit but can’t seem to wear it due to the floral pattern that just isn’t quite for me.

Even after mending this dress I still think I would like to make a different one in another pattern. I really love this dress and the fit but can’t seem to wear it due to the floral pattern that just isn’t quite for me.


Then at the end of the month I made these ice cream “bubble shorts.” It was getting hot outside and these shorts are really easy to layer with cute T’s and tunics.

Then at the end of the month I made these ice cream “bubble shorts.” It was getting hot outside and these shorts are really easy to layer with cute T’s and tunics.

That’s it! What I love about this challenge is that it is really encouraging to make goals for yourself and to have some accountability through sharing with others! I also found this challenge super encouraging when I would check out what other sewists were doing and making throughout this month….which were some pretty amazing things. You can check them all out by clicking here.

A special thank you to Zoe from So, Zo… What Do You Know? for hosting and creating #Memademay to challenge sewists each year! If you are interested you can sign up here (or somewhere similar on her page).

Ta ta for now!

Charlie