The tenth anniversary of Me Made May has drawn to a close. Some of you will be silently raising a cheer of relief; others will be reflecting on their wardrobe choices. It’s an initiative that both divides and bonds, which I feel is just as it should be. How boring if we all agreed.
In 2019, I took part for the first time in eight years. I couldn’t quite let the anniversary slide with no acknowledgement. I mean, it’s a big deal and a massive achievement on SoZo‘s part – and says a lot about the online sewing community. We’re here for the long haul, man!
I decided to repeat my Me Made May experience of 2011 and add a twist – to be photographed with strangers each day because – you know – fun! I didn’t try to wear different outfits every day; I reached for whatever I fancied pulling from the wardrobe.
Which means we all now know how much I love:
The Ogden Cami from True Bias
The B6178 Culottes from Butterick
The Myosotis Dress from Deer And Doe
The Charlie Caftan from Closet Case Patterns
All great and highly wearable items. But my choice to be photographed with strangers also raised a few unexpected highlights.
First, what is my advice for approaching 40+ strangers in 31 days? (Some people declined and I missed one day.)
- Look for an open and friendly face.
- Don’t tackle people who are busy.
- Avoid feeling insulted if people turn you down. (I mean, I’d probably turn this down!)
- Expect to be surprised.
- Stay spontaneous. I made it a rule not to go back once I’d walked past someone.
- Have a cute, ice-breaker dog with you.
- Be sensible.
- Be respectful.
- Bend the rules if you want to!
I loved the diversity of people I engaged with – it’s what I’ve always loved about London. If you didn’t follow along on Instagram, here are some of my personal highlights from the people I met:
Who could have imagined that I’d spend day 8 learning how to ring a church bell with David? The bell ringers of St Mary’s Church in Walthamstow were so welcoming and kind, Ella waited patiently at the foot of the stone steps and I nearly scared myself silly. Check out the video!
Several people suggested I wouldn’t be able to top this, and I was pretty concerned they were right.
Day 14 is where I bent the rules. Michael‘s not a stranger, but a fellow Walthamstow resident – who just happens to be homeless. This Instagram post elicited over 40 comments as we discussed life in London in 2019.
I love this photo so much; Michael and I had a hug after it was taken.
Day 28 allowed us to have a good old debate on the topic of babies – or lack of them. Paola was two weeks away from her due date; my body has long passed the baby-shaped window of opportunity. Do read the comments – they’re lovely.
Finally, I’ll mention this image from day 9 as I’ll never forget how much we were laughing as these photos were taken. Billy was such a good sport!
Did you follow these adventures on Instagram? What did you think? Maybe I’ll try it again in another eight years!