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Me Made May Round Up: Part 1


Are you taking part in Me Made May this year? How’s it going? 

We are a good couple of weeks into Me Made May now and I have been posting daily photos of my outfits over on Instagram. I’m enjoying it. Getting a bit freaked out by all these selfies that I am taking but enjoying participating none the less. I thought I would share my progress so far with you.

May 1: Coco top

The month started with a Bank Holiday and my stripey Tilly and the Buttons Coco top worn with RTW jeans and cardigan. I kind of regret the lack of effort I made here. I rarely wear this top because it is so shapeless and ugly. I barely left the house this day but still… no excuse for ugly clothes.

May 2: Anna Dress

Back to work on day 2 and I wore my By Hand London Anna dress with a cropped black RTW cardigan. I tend to make more of an effort for work than I do when I am just at home. I wear a lot of dresses and have adopted this ‘fitted dress and cardigan’ as a sort of self-imposed work uniform. I feel comfortable with this look.

May 3: Annabelle Dress

Day 3 and I wore my plum coloured Annabelle Dress by Simple Sew Patterns and paired it with a stripey cardigan from Collectif. I love the colour combinations of this outfit.

May 4: Vintage Shirt Dress

Day 4 and I wore my newly completed Vintage Shirt Dress by Sew Over It. I love this dress so much. I’m hoping to get some more photos of it and do a full blog post later this week. 

Day 5: Rusholme Skirt

Day 5 and I went for separates, with my denim Rusholme Skirt (from Wendy Ward’s book ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts’) paired with a vintage reproduction jumper from Collectif. This is such a great skirt. So flattering and goes with pretty much everything. I love the jumper too, even if I didn’t make it! Collectif is probably my favourite RTW brand. You will see a few things from there throughout this month.

Day 6: Ultimate Shift Top

Day 6 was a Saturday but I was in work for a sixth form revision session. I kept it casual in RTW jeans and a Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Top. The top is made from the softest French Terry from Girl Charlee UK and it is a dream to wear. It is so soft  it makes me feel like I am being hugged.

Day 7: Cleo Dungaree Dress

Day 7 and I wore my Tilly and the Buttons. Cleo Dress with a stripey t-shirt. This is a great weekend dress. Casual but not so casual that I feel like a slob.

Day 8 – Gertie Princess Seam Bodice Dress

Day 8 and I wore my Gertie Dress – princesss seam bodice and a-line skirt- together with a red bolero from Woolovers. This dress is made from a lovely ponte and so it is super comfy to wear. Secret Pyjmas.

May 9: Ultimate Pencil Skirt

Day 9 and a different kind of silhouette for me, but one that I love. This is my Sew Over It Ultimate Pencil Skirt worn with a vintage style polo shirt from Collectif.

Day 10: Afternoon Blouse

Day 10 and I wore my Jennifer Lauren Afternoon Blouse with a black box pleated RTW skirt. I really like this look, but now I am properly looking at this photo I am thinking maybe it was a bit too drab. What do you think? 

Anyway… that’s it for part one. I hope you have enjoyed this little insight into my Me Made wardrobe, I know I have!

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Me Made May

So Me Made May 2017 is coming up and this year I have decided that I am definitely taking part.

I’m sure you know already, but if not, Me Made May is an annual sewing challenge run by Zoe.

Throughout the month of May, you are encouraged to make a personal sewing pledge to get more out of your handmade wardrobe.

For many, the pledge is to wear handmade clothing for the whole of the month and to document it each day. This is what I have always understood it to be. Turns out I was kind of on the right tracks but a bit misinformed.

The challenge is actually for you to make a pledge that is entirely appropriate to you. So it might be that you pledge to wear handmade garments every day or it could also be that you pledge to finish off your unfinished projects; you take on a pattern you have always been a bit nervous about; or you pledge to wear something me made once or twice a week. Whatever you want it to be.

It is a challenge for you, and if you want to share it with the sewing world via your blog or Instagram then great (I love looking at the photos so much) but you don’t have to.

So, what is my pledge this year?

I would love to reach a stage one day when I have an entirely me made wardrobe and I can mix and match things to create perfect outfits every day. I’m a long way from there at the moment though.

Instead I plan to use Me Made May as an opportunity to assess my handmade wardrobe, to find new ways of wearing what is already there (mixing me made with ready to wear) and to see where the gaps are and where I need to focus my sewing.

I’m hopefully going to document it with daily outfit photos on Instagram and a round up on here but if I miss some days, I’m not going to beat myself up over it.

My pledge then:

I, Wendy, of (@wendy_stitch) pledge to wear at least one handmade garment per day throughout May. 

Not too scary but it will still be quite a challenge for me.

How about you? Are you taking part in Me Made May 2017? If you are tempted to give it a go, sign up and add your pledge at Zoe’s blog.