My first week of Me Made May 2016. I had me some fun.
Me Made May 1
Store bought: Levis jeans, Clarkes shoes, M&S undershirt, Urban Outfitters sunglasses
Comments: I love this outfit! Feel great in it, and like a celebration of spring. I wear this dress a lot, so I think I will make another one and write a blog post about it. The adjustments to the Tina Givens pattern need explaining.
Me Made May 2
Me Made: Alice Top.
Store bought: Levis jeans, John Lewis Kin shoes, mystery sweater and sparkly socks.
Comments: I’m not sure how flattering this Alice Top is, but it seems to work okay with a cardi on top. Did you know I put pockets in my Alice top? Love me some pockets.
Me Made May 3
Me Made: Vintage embroidered fabric cross body bag, self drafted pattern tunic.
Store bought: The best birthday cowboy boots from Texas, Levis, Cos knit coat
Comments: I have made a number of these yoked, tunics with pockets. One of my favourite shapes. I love this knitted sweater coat from Cos too. I must make a pattern for something like it.
Me Made May 4
Me Made: Knit sweater and embroidered bag.
Me Altered:Black linen dress, it was mid-calf but I shortened it because mid-calf is not the life style I lead.
Me Aquired: Friend’s dog and mucky walking shoes. Ugly but useful (the shoes not the dog, he’s cute).
Store bought: Uniqlo/Orla Keilt scarf, Urban Outfitters sunglasses, sparkly socks.
Comments: The sweater is made with Isager Highland and Alpaca held together, knitted top down. I made it up as I went along. Too lazy to even write anything down. Bad Juju.
I try to go for a walk on the marshes most mornings, clothes have to be practical and are often a bit ugly. Later I changed into wedge shoes to go out.
Me Made May 5
Store bought: Clarkes shoes (these shoes make me feel like I’m going to a party), Ebay cheap leggings.
Comments: Voting for a new London mayor. This is the raglan t-shirt hack that I’ve blogged about. I think I need to add a little more armscye depth to the pattern but I love wearing it. Easy and comfy. I must make more. This sweatshirt fabric is great and I figured it only took 1.2m so also a bargain.
The scarf was a shibori dyeing experiment, from years ago.
I have lots of me made, full slips in viscose jerseys. They make everything look better. I also have about 5 pairs of these cropped leggings. I like to wear them when the weather gets sticky so that my thighs don’t rub. I think they cost about £4 on eBay, so not really worth bothering to make.
Me Made May 6
Store bought: Jeans, Nikes , sunglasses
Comments: This infinity scarf was a quick make yesterday. I’m making a shirt with this fabric and I have lots left over so I whipped this up. Even though I have altered the Michelle Dress, it’s still too big in the shoulders and I’m not sure the sleeves are a flattering length, but it’s comfy and cool.
I wonder whether this kind of faded floral print really suits my personality. Or am I too loud for it?
Walking to work this morning, so it’s nice to have on my running shoes.
Me Made May 7
Store bought: Rose gold John Lewis brogues, sparkly socks, Levis jeans, Monsoon cardi, bakelite bangles and Tiger sunglasses
Comments: I’ve tried a number of the Tina Givens patterns and found they need a lot of tweaking. I have added French bust darts, pockets and shortened the length of this dress. It looks better on me than I thought. Last year, I was wearing it with ill fitting jeans. It helps that these jeans have a good thigh fit. Seeing myself in photographs has changed the way I feel about it. It looks good in motion. I love this check yellow and natural linen. It’s quite a heavy weight. I still think I could have improved on the cut of the armyscye and maybe it goes a little too high in the front, but over all, it’s a good look.
You can’t see my earrings here. I’ll have to get another picture of them.
Me Made May 8
Me Made: Top (self drafted), earrings, bag
Store bought: sunglasses, jeans, sandals
Comments: Just finished this top. I’ve pleated the yoke, added spotted bias binding and bias finished the bottom. I’m not sure if I like it or not. My husband says he thinks it looked askew with my bag over the shoulder and that it was actually a good fit. I’m not sure. I definitely made the sleeves a tad too tight at the bicep but i’m pretty happy with the shoulder fit. Maybe this kind of smock top doesn’t suit me. Just not sure.
- Wear something Me Made everyday. Done
- Bring into rotation unworn clothes. Done: I hadn’t worn the Zelda or Alice top in a while
- Document everyday of the month with a photo. Done: I am already feeling more confident about having my picture taken.
- Participate in the online community. Done: busy on Instagram, linking up with some nice folks and really enjoying it.
- Make 4 new garments for myself. First item made: Yellow check top
- Where are the holes are in my wardrobe. Achieved: another Jane and Zelda