Today is May 31st and the final day of Me Made May 2017. This has been my first proper attempt at Me Made May (in previous years I have made an effort to wear more me made garments but never documented it, never pledged and only lasted a couple of weeks!) and I have really enjoyed it. I have worn something that I have made every day this month and, surprisingly, I haven’t repeated any outfits.
Wearing my me made clothes hasn’t been hard at all. For me the hard part was taking a photo every day. I’m an introvert and posting a selfie every day – even just a casual bedroom mirror selfie – was way out of my comfort zone and the most challenging aspect for me.
I posted my selfie on Instagram each morning and I really enjoyed getting all the likes and comments on my outfits. Such a lovely positive way to start each day! It was so nice to interact with different members of the sewing community and, you know what, the online sewing community is the best. Nothing but kindness and support from such lovely people. OK, I’m gushing a bit here, but I really do feel honoured to be a part of this community.
Before I get too emotional let’s take a look at my outfits from days 21 to 31.
Day 21 and I wore my Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top in a burgundy and pink narrow stripe jersey that I picked up in John Lewis. I love this top. It is super comfy and easy to wear. The stripes kind of make my eyes go funny though and they really don’t photograph well at all.
Day 22 and I wore a new dress and my new favourite, a By Hand London Anna dress is a Liberty tana lawn with an amazing matches print on it. The fit, the fabric, the length – everything about this dress is just perfect. I’ll do a blog post on this dress soon (I have a bit of a backlog on things I need to blog due to life and generally being a busy bee. But work is a lot quieter now the exams are over, so normal blogging will resume soon!)
Day 23 and I wore my By Hand London Kim dress in green gingham. It was my first time wearing this dress and I got lovely comments about it all day. It remains my perfect summer dress.
Day 24 and I wore my Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers with a mustard blouse. This outfit looked a million times better when I tied the the front of the blouse but showing my tummy is not really appropriate at work so I wore it loose. It was a hot day and I was cool and comfortable in this outfit but I think it looks a bit frumpy.
Day 25 and I wore my green floral Sewaholic Patterns Hollyburn Skirt with a navy blue vest. This is such a great skirt and I love this length on me for the summer. I made this skirt a year ago but somehow forgot about it. I found it in my filing cabinet at work last week, just needing hemming. So glad I did. The fabric is by Hemmingway Design (by Wayne Hemmingway of Red or Dead) and is a beautiful quality cotton with a lovely vintage style floral design.
Day 26 and I wore my self-drafted gingham picnic blanket skirt with a grey t-shirt and cardigan. I wasn’t at all sure about this outfit and nearly didn’t bother with it after I took this photo. The skirt is too big for me now and I don’t think it looks at all flattering. But it ended up getting the most likes on Instagram so… yeah, that was confusing!
Day 27 and I wore a stripey Jennifer Lauren Bronte top with some cute dungarees that a friend gave me. I really enjoyed wearing this outfit. Definitely one to wear on holiday.
Day 28 and I wore a True Bias Ogden Cami in a polka dot rayon, with jeans. I have now made 4 of these tops, in various fabrics, and it definitely works best in a drapey fabric like this. Again, I will do a blog post on these tops at some point soon.
Day 29 and I wore my Sewaholic Pendrell blouse with jeans. I still really love this top but it creases so badly. It is a sad fact that I am unlikely to want to wear it if I need to iron it all the time. Seriously, it creases up after just 30 minutes of wear. It looked great for the photo – not so great for the rest of the day.
Day 30 and I wore my third True Bias Ogden Cami with jeans. So this is definitely my pattern of the summer. I love this floral cotton from Fairy Godmother but I don’t think it really works for this pattern as it is just not drapey enough. Such a great print though.
Day 31 and for my final hurrah I wore a floral rayon True Bias Ogden Cami together with a chambray Rusholme Skirt. A comfortable and cool outfit to wear on a muggy day spent at home waiting for a delivery (of fabric!) I think this could be my favourite Ogden Cami so far.
And that’s it for Me Made May until next year. I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my handmade wardrobe.
Taking part in Me Made May has been really good for me in terms of thinking more about my personal style and identifying some of the gaps in my wardrobe. I know more about what I like to wear and don’t like to wear, and I will take that forward with my sewing (and knitting).
I’m really going to miss this!