Me Made May

A big thank you to Zoe for Me Made May.  This is my attempt to record my efforts during my first go at this challenge. I have pledged to wear one me-made item a day at least six days a week throughout May.

me-made-may'13

photo(1)

Day 1: Well no one said they had to be good photos. I’d had a tough day at work. So tough I appear to have actually fallen asleep standing up. Such is life.

Anyway, I am wearing my navy polka dot Tiramisu, with an Oasis cardigan I got from the Demelza charity shop in Whitstable.

.

.

.

P1210165 - CopyDay 2: I froze my arse off yesterday so today I resorted to the one tactic guaranteed to bring sunshine – I went back to wearing my winter clothes. And it worked!

Leopard print skirt from Gertie’s pencil skirt pattern. Cardi from God knows where and a black long sleeved t-shirt that I have had since uni. I left university in 1995.
I must find time to take pics before work rather than after – I look like cak.

.

.

P1210183 - CopyDay 3: I actually finished this this morning so I could wear it. The sun was shining, the sea glistening, and I decided to make a complete tit out of myself taking pictures on the beach. I am wearing my new Nautical Cambie – blogged here.

.

.

.

.

.

IMG_1723Day 4: Last days of summer maxi dress. Based on this free BurdaStyle pattern I made this for a Sew Weekly challenge last year and always get compliments when I wear it. Possibly a little too low cut for Budgens on a Saturday morning, but it’s me-made, so tough.

.

.

.

.

IMG_1735Day 5: And this is where the gaps in my me-made wardrobe begin to show. Which is one of the reasons I am doing this. It was hot. The beach was calling. I really wanted to wear my 3/4 length denim trousers and a vest top (or tank, I believe if you are not British?) but I haven’t made any myself. I settled for this shirt. Not me made, but I dyed it. It was white with little black swallows on but went through the wash and came out pink. Dyeing = refashioning = me-made, doesn’t it?  I wore it to the shops but  it was too hot for the beach. I definitely need to make some vest tops for summer. Looking at this I think I also need new bras.

.

IMG_1765Day 6: Another gap in the wardrobe. I wear maxi dresses a lot in the summer for pottering around. It’s a complete outfit so you don’t need to worry about coordinating. We live near the beach so go there most days even when it’s too cool to swim.  When it’s warmer you can chuck a dress over a swimsuit. I have several in man-made fabric which dries really quickly.  A stretch maxi dress is comfortable even when it is really hot. And no worries about flashing when it’s windy or you have to bend down to pick stuff up or make sandcastles. I only have one me-made maxi dress, so here it is again, second time in three days.

.

P1210263Day 7. Elisalex No 3., unblogged but I wore it for the meet up and absolutely love it. I even got complimented as I was going in to a meeting. I did discover one problem though. I wore a cardigan with it all day, which luckily was quite long because when I got home I found that the zip had unzipped all the way down. Not a good look for work. Time to add that hook and eye, I think.

.

IMG_1772

Day 8. God, somebody slap her, she’s delirious!
One of my earliest makes. You can’t see here but the fabric is Dragons and Koi carp. I used to wear this all the time but stopped, and now I can see why. It seemed okay when I put it on but throughout the day the neck began to gape and the lining started to show and by the end of the day it was really annoying me. I love the fabric so I think it’s worth fixing if I can figure out how.

.

.

IMG_1789Day 9. I love my navy blue Lekala pencil skirt. If you haven’t heard of this pattern company before then you absolutely must  check them out. They will actually email you a pattern made up to your measurements for a ridiculously cheap price. And it fits, perfectly! I am also wearing a cardigan and blouse from local charity shops. And I look like I’m about to break wind.

.

.

.

IMG_1800Day 10. I need to make more t-shirts. I made this for a Sew-Weekly challenge, from another free Burdastyle pattern that has vanished from their site and fabric from the remnant bin of my local fabric shop. Worn with my cropped denim trousers. I don’t think I like this, it just doesn’t hang right and I am always pulling it into position. No one else seemed to notice though, and my friend told me how much they liked it. I need more me made t-shirts.

.

.

IMG_1814

Day 11: And eldest child is getting a little fed up with taking pictures.  She refused to re-take this without her hand in the way.  My me-made item today was my first Mathilde, which I still love and wear regularly. However once again it has highlighted my lack of well fitting bras. Banana tits anyone?

.

.

.

P1210348Day 12: New stripey Laurel. Made from a thick knit I bought on ebay not that long ago, so I’m not sure if it counts as stash busting. I made this and another t-shirt specifically to address the gap in my me-made wardrobe. I like this but the neck binding is a bit dodgy so I may replace it. I also made it quite long, and I’m now thinking it needs to be shorter.

.

.

.

IMG_1822Day 13: I made this burdastyle something or other shirt for a Sew Weekly ‘collars’ challenge.  It is a pale red and white stripey cotton and I was really pleased with it at the time. Now though I think it has a definite home made look to it. I don’t think I’ll wear it again but it’s not good enough to donate to the charity shop. I hate binning fabric so I may try and figure out something else to do with it.

.

.

.

IMG_1824Day 14: Nearly half way there and so far I have managed something me made every day except one, when I wore something that I had dyed myself. This Rooibos was one of the first dresses I ever made. And since I didn’t know any better I used black velvet for the contrast fabric, and did piping that I’d made myself. I think there is definitely a lot to be said for just jumping in.  This turned out okay, apart from occasionally twisting in weird ways cos I completely ignored the grainline (grainline, what’s that?Can’t be that important…) I do wear it quite a lot to work and have received quite a few compliments.

.

IMG_1839Day 15: Burdastyle Jenny skirt, in a stretchy grey and black plaid with fine turquoise/teal lines running through. Another skirt that I wear quite a bit for work and have been complimented on despite the fact that I still haven’t got round to putting a button on (lazy cow 🙂 ), so I always wear it with longer tops. I am now having to bribe family members to take pictures of me.

.

.

.

IMG_1847Day 16:  Burgundy coloured floral Tiramisu.  I can’t believe I haven’t worn this one yet because I do wear it quite a lot. I love the fact that I can put this on and feel dressed up enough for work, or chuck it on over leggings and boots at the weekend but I’m not convinced that the colour does anything for me.

.

.

.

.

IMG_1854Day 17: We are camping and everyone is far too busy exploring the woods to take a picture of me. I am wearing my spotty Tiramisu over leggings and a vest top, with boots. Layering as I know that even though the sun is shining and we have a big fire going I will probably be absolutely freezing later on. I was right, I hardly got any sleep I was so cold. I did think about cutting my face out of this one, I look miserable. It wasn’t actually that bad, I promise.

.

.

.

brighton meet may 2013Day 18: Brighton Meet Up! I wore my Marguerite Mathilde. I met up with great people, drank gin and tonic, talked sewing and got some fabulous stuff in the swap. Blogged here.

.

.

.

IMG_1889Day 19: It was supposed to rain but the sun was shining so we made the most of it and found a pub with a playground in the garden, therefore killing two birds with one stone. I am wearing my as yet unblogged Dixie DIY Summer Concert Tee, made to address my lack of me made tee shirts. The easiest thing I have made, right up until the point when I totally buggered up the neck band. And it’s way too short. I thought the mullet hem would be more subtle but it’s long at the back and shows flesh at the front. It’s okay over another top though, and I had nothing else me made to wear that day.

.

IMG_1900Day 20: Work. The leopard print skirt makes another appearance. Not much more to say really, except that I am now trying to take my own photos on my iphone. As you can probably tell.

.

.

.

.

.

IMG_1912Day 21: I totally forgot to get any pics of me dressed, so here are the clothes after I’d taken them off. Stripey Laurel top, navy blue Lekala skirt. So two me made items today.

.

.

.

.

.

IMG_1915Day 22.  First Mathilde blouse. Land of the giants. The trouble with bribing children to take pictures is that they are short. Particularly when they refuse to budge from the sofa. Which means that all photos get taken from below. This is the least flattering angle for anyone. I do not look this rough in real life. At least I hope not.

.

.

.

.

IMG_1920Day 23: That’s better – a photo taken from a slightly more flattering angle. Shame you can’t see the dress, but it’s my spotty Tiramisu again. I think this may have been one of my most worn items. It is versatile, smart enough for work, easy to wash and quick to dry. Not bad for a muslin.

.

.

.

.

IMG_1923Day 24: Dixie DIY tee again. Here you can clearly see the issues I had with the neckband. Nothing to do with the pattern, more to do with my fabric choice and probably cutting the band too short. Apart from that it’s growing on me. I quite like it over another top. And that is the outline of my belt under the white top. I have just realised it looks a little disturbing

.

.

.

IMG_1934Day 25: Marguerite Mathilde again. The wrinkling at the front is because I am holding my iphone at an awkward angle to try and get a half decent picture. I failed.

.

.

.

.

.

Day 26:  Me Made Fail. We had friends down from London for the weekend. It was sunny so we had our first beach barbecue of the year, washed down with beers and pink fizz. We were also planning on taking our boat out so I needed to wear clothes that I could move in and also didn’t mind getting wet. I didn’t have anything suitable clean so I had to resort to RTW. I’m not too bothered about this – I pledged to do six days a week and this is the first day this month I have failed to wear anything that I made or refashioned.

.

IMG_1945Day 27: I love Whitstable. Things like this are always popping up on the beach. This weekend would have been local resident Peter Cushing’s 100th birthday so there has been a lot going on – film nights, art exhibitions, stuff at the museum, Hammer Horror night and parties.  And of course Peter Cushing played the Doctor in two films – Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966).  I am wearing my Nautical Cambie again.

.

.

.

IMG_1984Day 28: My new lace print Tiramisu. I noticed that I wa wearing my other two, particularly the blue spotty one, quite a lot, so I decided to make another one for a bit of variety. All stuff from my stash too, and blogged here – I love it.

.

.

.

.

.

IMG_1946Day 29: stripey Laurel and jeans. Boring but practical. And I got to spend the day on my own sewing!

.

.

.

.

.

.

IMG_1581Day 30: Beach hut Laurel. I cheated here, this photo was not taken on day 30. The weather was crap. I had another day to myself sewing and got so absorbed that I totally forgot to take a picture but I did wear it. I noticed that the seams are seriously fraying – pinking was a bit inadequate for this fabric. When I made it my overlocker was playing up but it’s fixed now so it is probably time to go over those seams.  When I can be bothered.

.

.

.

IMG_1994Day 31: I did it! To celebrate I treated us to a pub lunch in the Duke and I wore the new dress that I spent the last two days making.  I’ll post about it as soon as I get some decent pics. And I have a weird eye. I only had a couple of pints, honest…

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Me Made May

  1. Pingback: Me Made May, and Sunshine!!!! | The Amazing Adventures of Taracat

  2. Pingback: Me Made May – So how did I do? | The Amazing Adventures of Taracat

  3. Pingback: Weskit! | Craft (Alchemy)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s