Well, we have reached the end of Me Made May 2014. I apologise for the infrequency of my Instagram/Twitter pics- I have a hectic life and many hats to wear and unfortunately the ‘Blogger’ hat sometimes slips. You may remember my pledge for my very first Me Made May was to wear homemade garments on at last four days a week. My modest pledge was mainly motivated by the fact that, at the time, I only had 27 wearable garments in my hand-crafted wardrobe. However, I excelled myself. See below a collage of my different outfits during the month.
As I’ve only been sewing for just over a year and had a limited wardrobe to choose from I knew I’d find gaps to fill with handmade lovelies. I was really pleased, though, to only have one or two days in the whole month when I didn’t wear something I’d made. Here’s what I learnt from this month.
- Trousers: For many years I’ve pretty much lived in RTW trousers or jeans. There is a great lack of handmade trousers I can call on. I’ve got the royal blue burda pair and an un-blogged wide leg pair hacked from the Kasia pattern, again from Burda. Both of these projects weren’t entirely succussful and I don’t even wear the Kasia ones as they were hacked in the early days of my sewing and aren’t especially comfortable or well-drafted. However, I have discovered that I like wearing skirts and dresses. I’ve been a bit of a tom boy most of my life and so girliness is a bit alien to me but I like it. I don’t think I can go completely without trousers though, so I need to get me making some more.
- T-Shirts: Most outfits I like to wear a comfy, slim fit t-shirt. My work dress code is business casual and so a lovely handmade skirt with a t-shirt is everyday wear for me. I have a few Plantain t-shirts but they’re long or 3/4 length sleeves so I need some more short sleeved tees for summer. Luckily for me, it just so happens that I’ve recently been a ‘print at home’ tester for an Independent pattern company soon to release a tee pattern, so I’m going to be making up a few of those.
- Cardi’s/Coverups: With the British weather you need layers to be able to whip off quickly during the five minutes of sun before you have to throw it back on when the clouds come over again. I have one handmade scarf neck cardi which I love but it’s massive and yellow, and when I wear it with jeans I’ve been informed I look like a minion from Despicable Me. I would like some cropped cardigans to go with the high-waisted items I own, for the vintage look. But I’m a rubbish knitter, I had to give up when a problem with my neck was making my hands go numb whilst I knit. So I shall have to investigate other options. Maybe expand my drafting skills.
Having said all of that the next two projects I have lined up for myself are dresses but there is a t-shirt in amongst the mix too. How about you guys? What did you learn this Me Made May? I’ll leave you with my favourite selfie pic from this year’s selection. Really shows my love of colour.