As I come into the last third of May, my first Me-Made May, I’m getting more and more excited about my handmade wardrobe. It’s a great feeling getting dressed in the morning, its a confidence boost knowing that I can make clothes that can be worn everyday!! I’ve also really enjoyed looking each day on Instagram at everyone’s makes. Seeing the variety of makes from the same patterns that I’ve used I really enjoy and it’s so inspiring.
The sun is back and I went straight for my Tilly & the Buttons ‘Bettine’ dress which has a best pockets ever!! I’ve worn this dress a few times and unfortunately the fabric is starting the fade a little. I don’t think that’s completely noticeable to others but it makes me feel slightly sad that a dress I love might be coming to its end. I’ve just bought some lightweight denim from Sew Me Sunshine with plans to make another very soon.
I’m really excited to write my first Minerva Crafts blog and I’ve used this beautiful light rayon fabric. Hopefully my blog post will be up on Minerva crafts soon. Me Made May has shown me that I have gaps in my wardrobes particularly I need to make more trousers/shorts. Many of my makes are skirts and dresses which I love to wear but sometimes I would like to be able to wear a fully me-made 2 piece outfit.
Last week I wore a Sew Over It Penny that I have never really loved. I don’t know exactly why, maybe it was because it was slightly too long (I’ve now shortened it), or the fabric is too lightweight and I made it in winter, completely the wrong season for that dress. On the other hand this Penny dress I really love. Its made from polyester fabric that I got from Birmingham Rag Market for 50p a metre!! The bodice is a little too short which creates more of an empire line, but I think it works. The full circle skirt just makes me want to twirl around. I’m not sure if I will make another Penny I don’t want to be disappointed again with a pattern that I love.
Today is my first day off from work in the week and to be comfortable I head straight for my Cleo and Agnes combo. This demin Cleo has had a lot of wear since I made it. I made this Agnes from 1m of gorgeous jersey that I got from my local sewing shop – Sew Me Me in Ashby de la Zouch. It’s from a children’s jersey range but I have a soft spot for dandelion prints, just like my Agnes/Freya dress.
Today is a repeat of Day 2 with my Sew Over It ‘Alex Shirt’. I wore it last time for work in a formal outfit but today I wore it with some RTW skinny jeans. The fabric is again from Sew Me Me, a lovely viscose. I want to make a dress version in some crisp cotton but my to make wish list just keeps getting longer!
For the Bank holiday we’ve come away to Beverley camping. When packing my clothes, I needed comfort so I went straight to my Agnes hack dresses. I followed Tilly’s tutorial on her Blog to do this hack and you can easily make it from 1.5m of fabric. This flamingo jersey was again from Sew Me Me (it seems there’s a theme this week!).
This was my first attempt at the Agnes hack using this jersey from Dashwood Studio and they are secret pyjamas for sure. We spent the day exploring the city of Hull, visiting the museums which are free! When the weather got colder I teamed my Agnes dress with a pair of simple black leggings- a perfect camping outfit.
As I enter the final few days of Me Made May I’m going to look through my wardrobe and try to dig out the makes that I haven’t yet worn. As it’s half term I’m lucky to have some time to do some planning for my next makes. Me Made May is helping me refine my plans to ensure my handmade wardrobe becomes balanced and even more wearable.