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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.
Me Made May 2014
19/05: Coco dress to work with fancy tights
Me Made May 2014
20/05: Meringue skirt (and owl slippers)
Me Made May 2014
21/05: Re-fashioned tee and Zinnia skirt
Me Made May 2014
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
Me Made May 2014
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
Me Made May 2014
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
Me Made May 2014
Istanbul
29/05: Managed to fit in a stroll through Taksim square in my Afternoon Blouse, and treat myself to a frozen custard
Me Made May 2014
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