I’ve got more than a week to catch up on here, haven’t I? And it’s the last week of Me Made May 2014 too. But, like usual, & like most participants, I have enjoyed it. Whilst daily selfies tend to be what everybody finds a bit of a chore, it’s the group ogling of others’ outfits & admiration thereof that make it fun & inspiring- & you make new friends. This was happening all over the place, Flickr, Twitter, but it was Instagram for me this year. #mmmay
Yes 99% of what I wear on a daily basis is made by me, but I used this challenge this year to:
- Transition from winter to summer (although there are so many summer dresses, shorts, tee shirts & even my bikini (!!) that did not get a look in this year because our May was seriously poor on the weather stakes). It’s a good way to reacquaint yourself with your summer wardrobe;
- Explore my me made sportswear;
- By trying to not repeat any outfits, I had to put more thought into what I was wearing & not fall back on my every day favorites.
So let’s get on with the pics of the week.
It’s Friday- woo hoo!!
During the day I wore my Colette Clovers & my 1960s vintage pattern chiffon blouse (Butterick 3082). Robson Trench accompanied me to the office. I perked the outfit up for the evening by swapping my top for my striped Laurel top (I love this top & wear it a lot more than this May will lead you to believe) & dug out my almost Butlins style Vintage Vogue red jacket. I was a bit worried wearing it out as it always seems rather “in your face” but it worked & was perfect weight for the evening temps. A win for me made May – as I do always seem to pass over this jacket due to its loudness in favour of a trusty denim jacket.
It’s the weekend!! But it started wet.
This was the only time I was forced to bring out something RTW – my yellow waterproof running jacket. But elsewise, I ran in my Maria Denmark Olivia tee & my crazy lady Virginia leggings. The day was spent sewing wearing my nautical Coco dress, Victoria knit blazer & Virginia striped leggings. And there was an evening of fun requiring an outfit change. I wore my Colette patterns lace-yoked Sencha with red Built by Wendy Cigarette pants. Although you see me wearing my leopard collared Victoria blazer, I poked my head it was not warm enough as a jacket, so I swapped it for my Vintage Vogue Butlin’s jacket, as above.
There was a bit of sun, but it was short lived! But I managed to take the pics & go for a short run.
During the day I wore my pink elephant Violet blouse with denim Thurlows. My McCalls 6708 cardigan was also brought out. For running in I sported my Jalie running skort & an unblogged Fehr Trade XYT top that I’d just got around to altering.
Don’t you just love bank holiday Mondays? I got some gardening done. And some sewing (of course!)
Back to work. On return I thought it was about time that Merlin said hello since he is often to be found ignoring the proceedings, feigning complete disinterest as he is out for the count in the conservatory.
Another rainy day. I felt gutted to put tights on. And to fall back to my winter black skirt & shoes.
I’m wearing my Colette Patterns Meringue skirt, with “Watch This Lace” Violet blouse. For training I wore my retro shorts with my leopard xyt top. Oh yes, of course Robson Trench was my trusty companion all day too!
Working at home.
By this time I was getting so fed up that the May we were having seemed so dull & rainy. It appeared to be coming out in the choice of clothes. I wanted to brighten up my mood by wearing a floral dress, but the cold meant I veered towards trousers…& grey …
Daytime saw Sewaholic houndstooth Thurlows & Renfrew, worn with McCalls cardigan (as above). I had training & wore my crazy lady Virginia leggings again with a Maria Denmark Olivia sports tee (not yet blogged). As an idea of my wind down evening attire & perking up for the weekend ahead – evidence of Merino Coco being worn with PJs. And what would you know, I had to answer the door in this!
It was the last day. I was determined to go out in style & had seen that the weather forecast suggested some sun in the afternoon.
Look I caught it. All 20 minutes of it! Note the cider. It’s got my name on it
Finally got to wear my What Would Dolly Clackett wear Flora dress!!!
In the morning I went for a run along country lanes on my own & needed to be visible – there were too many cars, so I am glad that I wore my unblogged self drafted 80s style hi vis top leopard XYT top underneath for a bit of off the shoulder style with my Fehr Trade duathlon capris.
So what observations do I have on this already long post?!
-Well, this year I made two vital makes- my Julia cardigan & my Victoria blazer & they were indispensible & much loved. I’d say they were possibly the items I wore the most, already justifying their creation.
-My sportswear making is eclectic & doesn’t fall into my usual colour palette rule – therefore this makes for difficult to match separates. Now this is not just because of my undisciplined purchases, but to be honest due to the fabric available – when buying technical fabric colours are very limited – & plain, which encourages me to buy wild & crazy non-technical lycra to compensate. maybe not the best approach!!
- I do have a lot of me made clothing – so much did not see the light of day & still lingers in my ironing pile. However, it was a good month for rediscovering some good pieces that I usually overlook.
For the rest of my Me Made outfits have a look at:
So how did it go for you? Were you surprised by your Me Made May experience at all? Did it provide you with any insights? Did it prove a valuable exercise in me made dressing ?