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Happy Me Made May! Me Made May is a month-long handmade wardrobe challenge that was started by Zoe of the blog So, Zo… What Do You Know?For over a decade, it’s been a yearly tradition for sewists around the world! In Zoe’s own words, “Me-Made-May is a challenge designed to encourage people who make their own clothes to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe. You set the specifics of your own challenge to make it suitable and useful for YOU.” 
 
Since everyone at Stonemountain & Daughter loves to sew, it’s no surprise that we love Me Made May! We welcome the opportunity to take a look at our handmade wardrobes, to figure out what’s working for us, and to think about what we’d like to sew in the future. Since many of us wear our handmade clothes to work at the shop, we’re looking forward to sharing our creations with you in person, on our Instagram, and in this newsletter throughout the month.

Everyone loves a jumpsuit—it’s all you need for an instant outfit! Alex made her Rory Jumpsuit out of a gorgeous shade of Essex Linen/Cotton, a fabric that’s super easy to sew, wear, and care for. Hulda sewed Vivian Shao Chen’s Terra Dress out of our favorite Fresh Poppies linen. We love Hulda’s choice of Merchant & Mills cotton buttons to match the poppies perfectly! 

We’re surrounded by great fabrics, notions, and patterns at the shop every day, and we definitely have our favorites. This week we’ve asked staff members to share their favorite items—we think you’ll find them as inspiring as we do!
 
Vicki loves a peachy, autumnal palette, so we weren’t surprised to hear that this Monarch Grove Wovens fabric is her favorite—we can’t wait to see the Marcy Tilton dress she plans to make! This cotton is soft and opaque, so it’s perfect for a shirt like the Archer Button-Up with pretty Oval Corozo Buttons.

Gillian’s favorite fabric is this Solid Washed Linen—it’s got great texture and drape, it’s cool for summer, and the color is super versatile, as you can see in the photo of her Peppermint Magazine Pocket Skirt. And it turns out that Amy’s favorite Lady McElroy rayon jersey is a perfect match for the linen! Amy plans to make an Itch to Stitch Antrim Dress from this fantastic floral, and it would also make a lovely Max Tee for spring.

Quilting cottons make a great substitute for shirting fabrics, adding even more color and pattern to your summer wardrobe! Marissa and Shannon chose colorful quilting cottons as their favorites: Marissa loves the illustration style of her pick’s mill buildings, while Shannon loves her pick’s gorgeous, colorful delphinium blooms. Both sewists agree that these quilting cottons are perfect for a short set of The Winnie pajamas for summertime!

We love that Sab coordinated her favorite fabric with her outfit! Sab has plans to make a ruffly blouse out of this cheery cotton lawn—we think it’s perfect for a pattern like Farrah. It’s also a great match for Caroline’s favorite, the Kiwi Granville Tencel/Modal jersey—a lightweight and super soft knit that would make the coziest Jeanne PJs. Alex’s favorite sewing tool, the Metal Sewing Gauge, is a game changer: it doesn’t bend, the numbers don’t wipe off, the sliding marker actually stays in place, and it’s super helpful for measuring seam lengths and distances between buttons.

We’ve been absolutely obsessed with this crocheted rainbow ruffle knitsince it arrived! Liz dreams of sewing this designer deadstock knit into a pair of disco bloomers for roller skating (a pattern like the Clara Leggings is a perfect fit!). In keeping with the rainbow theme, Kristen’s favorite item is a set of Wonder Clips—these colorful clips are super helpful for binding quilts, bag-making, and holding bulky fabrics together.