It’s now June, so here is my last chunk of Me Made May photos. Out of the last 10 days, there were only 2 on which I didn’t wear anything me-made. So one main thing I’ve learned is that I have more me-made clothes that I thought, as I’ve managed to out-do my target every week – I’ve worn 5 things instead of 4 as I thought. There were some things I didn’t wear – I knew I wouldn’t wear either of my Elisalex dresses (1 and 2). I’ve got some time off work coming up and I might try to alter them in a way that would mean I would wear them. I’m thinking adding some pockets, letting out the bodices, maybe removing the sleeves and possibly taking up the hems. I’ll see if I get around to it! I also didn’t wear my bright yellow Butterick skirt. It was kind of warm for a weekend, but over all in May it wasn’t super warm here and I don’t like the way this skirt looks with tights, so I can only wear it when it’s warm enough to get out my pasty legs. I have also worn my yellow and pink cardigans A LOT! I do have other clothes, but they’re bright so I’m more drawn to them than my black/ navy/ beige ones! My main feeling is excitement that I don’t have to take any more outfit photos – I think if I do it again next year, I’ll take pictures of the clothes before I put them on, as some people do.
Day 22: Parrot Shirt refashion and Black Simplicity 2451
with pink H & M cardigan.
Day 23: Black Banksia
with black skinny trousers from New Look and yellow cardigan from H & M
Day 24: Grainline Scout tee with Collar
with navy New Look skinnies, yellow cardigan H & M
Day 25: Pink Banksia
with black New Look skinnies and pink H & M cardigan (again!)
Day 27: Navy Simplicity 2451
with grey striped Primark vest and navy loose top and grey peplum cardigan, both from M & S for Christmas. (Quite a frumpy, shapeless outfit looking at it!)
Day 28: GBSB Boyfriend Shirt
with skinny Primark jeans and pink H & M cardigan (again!)
Day 29: Blue Spotty Grainline Scout Tee
with navy skinny New Look trousers and beige H & M cardigan
Day 30: Refashioned (and free) H & M dress
with old black H & M cardigan
This week of Me Made May has been pretty good – I managed 6 me made outfits! My pledge was to wear me made things on at least 4 days, so I’m pretty pleased with 6! None of the outfits it especially exciting or different from things you’ve seen in weeks one and two.
Day 15: Parrot shirt refashion
with New Look skinny trousers and a trusty H & M cardi. (and a slightly stoned-looking photo!)
Day 16: Refashioned high-necked t-shirt
with Primark jeans and H & M cardigan.
Day 17: Emery Dress 2
with yellow H & M cardigan and mustard yellow tights.
I forgot to take a photo of this outfit, because it was the day of my nephew’s first birthday party so taking a picture of my dress wasn’t top on my list of things to do. It was an identical outfit to how I wore the dress in week one, so you can check it out there 🙂
Day 18: Gertie bow-tied blouse
with really old refashioned denim skirt (made from a pair of jeans).
This is the first time I’ve worn this basically since I finished it – I think this may have proved that this style and fit is not for me, so I think this may be on it’s way out of my wardrobe.
Day 20: Grainline scout tee
with New Look skinny trousers and a falling apart H & M cardigan. I intend to knit a cardi to replace this one as I love the colour, but I’m such a slow knitter, this will probably be string by the time I’m done!
Day 22: My first grainline scout tee and Blue Simplicity 2451 skirt.
It wasn’t really warm enough for bare legs yesterday, but I was clinging to the hope that Summer was here already! Sorry for all the pasty white flesh, though.
Only a week and a bit to go! I have a couple of things I haven’t worn yet, but only a couple of those are normally in my regular rotation of clothes. Things like my 2 Elisalex dresses never get worn and I don’t wear my bright yellow skirt much because I don’t like how it looks with tights – I guess it’s a Summer skirt, so in England that should give me a couple of weeks’ wear each year!
This is my first year doing Me Made May and so far I haven’t found it too challenging. I still have quite a lot of things I haven’t worn yet, so hopefully the month won’t be too repetitive outfit-wise. The hardest part is taking a photo of my outfit every day, but I’ve managed so far!
Day One: Simplicity 2451 skirt.
with an old blouse from H & M, and old cardigan from H & M and a vest top I got as a present with some pajamas.
Day Three: My Great British Sewing Bee boyfriend shirt.
with a Primark white vest underneath (the buttons gape a bit), an H & M cardigan and Primark jeans.
Day Four: My first Emery dress
with an H & M cardigan and bright blue tights!
This day I went to birthday drinks for the boyfriend’s brother’s birthday and it was nice to dress up a bit, but still feel comfortable.
Day 5: Refashioned high necked t shirt
with really old and slightly holey cardigan from H & M and New Look skinny trousers.
Day 7: My second Emery dress.
with H & M cardigan and matching mustard yellow tights!
This was yesterday and I was lucky enough to go to Tilly and the Buttons’ IRL book launch where I met quite a few amazing sewing bloggers, including So Zo!
So I actually managed 5 outfits, when my pledge was 4. I’m still confident I can do at least 4 from now on and I haven’t worn all my good stuff in the first week!
So far I have learned that apparently all my cardigans come from H & M and I still wear quite a few things from Primark, who are evil. I don’t buy things from them anymore, but since I already have stuff from them, I figure it would be a shame to throw it all away/ stop wearing it as that’s just as wasteful and buying disposable fashion in the first place!
I’ve been thinking for quite a while about Me Made May and whether I should join in – and if so, what I could manage in terms of my pledge. When I first started sewing just over a year ago, So Zo’s Me Made May came around when I had made, like, one dress and I was jealous of everyone who could join in. This year I have quite a few me-made things, and I generally wear them quite often, so I figure I can join in this year. Especially because I’ve been bad at joining in with things so far!
So my pledge for Me Made May is:
To wear at least one me-made/ refashioned item each day, for four days out of each week. I’ll take photos every day and post a round-up once a week. I’m also going to try to wear different outfits where possible, so that the photos don’t look all the same and we all get bored of me wearing the same 3 things in rotation.
Maybe by next year’s Me Made May, I’ll have enough garments to wear something every day. I have several things which I’ve finished, but haven’t blogged, so I’ll try to blog them throughout May to catch up! I’ll also see what items I’ve made which I never wear/ don’t feel comfortable in (my Elisalex dresses I suspect) so that I can learn more what suits me, what I’m comfortable in and what I like, so that my future sewing is more tailored to my actual style and is as much cake as it is frosting, as they say. I would try to make more things throughout the month to make my outfits a bit less repeat-y but I have a very busy month, so I’m not sure