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Me Made May 2020 (& Animal Crossing)

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Before May began, I had gotten into the habit of wearing a few pairs of sweatpants on rotation, paired with a t-shirt or jumper depending on the weather. I was, however, spending time dressing my Animal Crossing character in a variety of outfits, hats and backpacks (if you’ve missed it, the new Animal Crossing Switch game was released near the end of March). I was probably spending more time getting dressed on Animal Crossing than in real life, and I was certainly having more fun with it.

I decided, spur of the moment on 01st May, that my Me Made May pledge this year would be to coordinate outfits with my Animal Crossing character each day, as a way to put more fun and more thought into getting dressed than I had been of late.

It took all of one day for me to realise that my wardrobe and my Animal Crossing character’s wardrobe (which includes a lot of fruit themed hats) don’t actually overlap very much. Luckily, Animal Crossing includes a ‘designer’ function where you can create custom clothing designs. I hadn’t tried this feature before Me Made May began, but I’m now an avid user.

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The designer has fairly simple functionality – a single size of pixel art, and only a handful of (dress and top) clothing shapes – but I find the limitations really satisfying to work within. The limitations also mean that I can’t spend too long recreating each day’s outfit. I suspect it’s taking me a maximum of thirty minutes to create an outfit and then take that day’s Instagram pic on my tiny virtual model. Phil takes my photo each day, I take hers.

I highly doubt I would have found the time to participate in Me Made May in this way had I not been based at home currently. I’m working from home (and did regularly prior to Covid-19), but the time saved commuting to work, and the greater ease of slipping back into hobbies during breaks or at the end of the day, have allowed me to think about Me Made May and my wardrobe consistently every day. I haven’t gotten to any of the larger craft projects I wrote on a to-do list when social distancing first began, but I have spent a little bit of time each day exploring my wardrobe, and deciding how to recreate a favourite garment in miniature digital format.

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Without further ado, here are some of the coordinated outfits for the first two weeks of May.

Grey rib:

Featuring a Seamwork Neenah & in-game AC clothing

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Linden Dresses:

Mine previously blogged here; AC dress by me

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Animal Crossing Me Made May 2020

Knitbot Trail Jackets:

Mine previously blogged here; AC jumper by me

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Animal Crossing Me Made May 2020

French Dart Shifts:

Maven Patterns French Dart Shift (not yet blogged); AC version by me

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Cuba Libre Shirts:

Mine previously blogged here; AC shirt by me

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Bibi & Pinnacle:

Mine previously blogged here; AC outfit by me

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Sirocco Jumpsuits:

Mine is previously blogged here; AC version by me

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Mustard & Stripes:

Hacked Linden (previously blogged here) & RTW skirt; AC outfit by me

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Anna Dress & Victoria Blazer:

Mine previously blogged here and here; AC outfit by me

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The Smiths Tees:

My outfit previously blogged here and here; AC t-shirt by me

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Me May Made Reflections

Me Made May 2014 Wardrobe
The image above shows the me-mades I wore during Me Made May (which is the same as saying the entirety of the me-made section of my wardrobe). I’m pretty pleased with the showing given that one year ago during May 2013 my me-made clothing consisted only of one Sorbetto and one vintage dress. I’d say that’s not too bad sewing for one year – it meant I had enough clothes to wear one handmade item everyday during May, something that was impossible last year. With that in mind I’m hoping by May next year to up my game during Me Made May and wear no RTW at all – we’ll see how things go.

Taking part in MMM has shown me that I actually have a fairly balanced handmade wardrobe – there’s an ok mixture of dresses, tops and skirts. However, I actually wear dresses a lot – my casual RTW dresses get tons of wear – so I think I need to make a few more dresses this year (can’t complain about that;)).

The days I found most difficult during MMM were the working from home / lazing in the house days as I don’t have many very casual me mades. Easily corrected by making up a few tees and some comfy trousers (although I’m definitely prioritising new dresses over house clothes!)

I really enjoyed participating in MMM for the first time this year. It made getting dressed interesting, made me dig some unloved makes out of the wardrobe and realise that actually they look fine, and inspired me to wear all of my me mades, not just my favourites.


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Me Made May Weeks 4 and 5

Yippee I managed to keep to my pledge to wear a handmade item of clothing everyday. The round-up of the last two weeks of May is below. I’ll be following-up with a final post with my thoughts on participating shortly.
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19/05: Coco dress to work with fancy tights
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20/05: Meringue skirt (and owl slippers)
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21/05: Re-fashioned tee and Zinnia skirt
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22/05: Handmade collar with a RTW dress, bit of a cheat this one;)
Linen Check Handmade Mathilde Blouse
23/05: Mathilde blouse
Handmade Tilly & the Buttons Mimi Blouse
24/05: Mimi blouse
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Knitted Dog Jumper
25/05: Wore my Afternoon Blouse to Sunday dinner with my family. Rupert (my brother & his girlfriend Keyla’s dog) was sporting a jumper knitted by my Nan
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26/05: Zinnia skirt to the opening of Five Guys in Birmingham
By Hand London Anna Dress in Horse Print
27/05: Crazy horses Anna dress
Homemade Detachable Collar
28/05: I flew to Istanbul for work today and wore my favourite RTW travel dress, with handmade collar
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Istanbul
29/05: Managed to fit in a stroll through Taksim square in my Afternoon Blouse, and treat myself to a frozen custard
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Owls Jumper
30/05: Wore my comfy Coco dress on the plane home, and managed to work on my Owls jumper
Linen Check Handmade Mathilde Blouse
31/05: And finally… another wear for my Mathilde blouse


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Me Made May Week 3

I came down with a cold on Sunday so am a bit behind with the round up of last week’s Me Made May outfits. Week 3 included a couple of very exciting sewing-related events – attending a book signing for Love at First Stitch, and the #NYlon2014 meet-up.
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12/05: Burda Waterfall Top to the office
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13/05: Star Trek mini-skirt
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14/05: Floral Coco Dress
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15/05: Started the day in a Sorbetto while working from home, then dressed up in an (unblogged) Mimi Blouse & Zinnia skirt to get my copy of Love at First Stitch signed by Tilly at Guthrie & Ghani
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Charity shop haul
16/05: Crazy Horses Anna Dress to meet a friend for charity-shop-shopping. I came back with quite a haul!
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17/05: Oh yes! London meet-up on Saturday. I wore my name tag (made for me by Ingrid), Victoria Blazer & a self-drafted dress
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18/05: On Sunday I wore this tea dress from the GBSB book to Ikea and to do the housework

We’re now half way through week 4 and I still haven’t worn all of my me-mades yet so It’s feeling like a successful first MMM for me.


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Me Made May Week 2

I’m pleased to be able to report that I actually have more me-made clothes than I realised. I completed a second week wearing one hand-made item every day (but mixing them with RTW as I still don’t have enough for a full wardrobe) without any repeats. On to week 3!
Me Made May 2014
05/05: PJs (Sorbetto Top & trousers from the Great British Sewing Bee book) for a lazy bank holiday Monday
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06/05: Christmas Day Anna Dress to the office
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07/05: Mathilde Blouse (and even ironed it before leaving for work, and I leave the house EARLY)
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08/05: Brigitte Scarf to celebrate the Love at First Stitch launch day & my Hotel Room Victoria Blazer
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09/05: Working from home day so I had a mooch in the closet & rediscovered this unloved Taffy Blouse.
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10/05: Meeting my friend Michelle in town for vintage fair & fabric shopping so I dressed up in my brand new Zinnia.
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11/05: Cleaning the house in a Blouse with Peter Pan collar


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Me Made May Week 1

This is my first year participating in Me Made May. Last May I only had a couple of handmade clothing items in my wardrobe so it wasn’t feasible to take part. It shows how much I’ve sewn in the last year that I felt pretty comfortable committing to wear one handmade item each day this May.

Yippee, this will be my first MMM!
‘I, Charlotte at https://englishgirlathome.com/, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavour to wear one handmade item each day for the duration of May 2014’

I did keep my pledge fairly vague with the term ‘item’ as I may rely on a few handmade accessories. Maybe next year I’ll aim for fully handmade outfits as I still need to mix in quite a bit of RTW clothing currently.

Week one has been a mixture of dressing up days & slobbing around the house days.
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01/05: Afternoon Blouse
02/05: Archer Shirt

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03/05: 1940s Marian Martin dress (9049) and Brigitte Scarf
04/05: Re-fashioned Men’s Tee

I purchased the large men’s t-shirt that was today’s MMM contribution some time ago but hadn’t gotten around to resizing it. Spurred on my MMM I whipped it through my overlocker this morning and had another outfit option. Here’s a close-up of the awesome print.
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