Hello! How are things with you? Going well? And have you been taking part in Me Made May?
If you haven’t heard of it, I’d be surprised, but it’s a month long challenge organised by Zoe of ‘So, Zo…’ Blog. You set your own challenge but the basic idea is to get you wearing your me mades more, with a side bonus of the community aspect if you decide to post photos on Instagram or another social media channel.
I enjoyed taking part last year, so I signed up much earlier than last year. I pledged to wear me mades 6 days a week.
So how’s it going? Surprisingly well despite an initial wobble! Here are my outfits for the first half of the month.
Happy Me Made May! Day 1 and we're off to a children's festival for the day (😱) so it's a practical @grainlinestudio #lindensweatshirt for me. Am now slightly worried about my 6 items a week pledge after yesterday's trying on of last year's makes but I will do my best and so long as I sew only from my stash and not from new purchases this month, I will consider it a success! Looking forward to seeing everyone else's makes! #mmmay16 #isew #sewingblog #sewing #needtosewsummerclothes #sewingkeepsmesane
A couple of sweatshirts to start things off, followed by birthday pyjamas
This top illustrates my main problem and learning point from Me Made May: I’ve lost a lot more weight than I thought and whilst some of last year’s makes are fine (depending on style), a lot are unwearable. Case in point:
Hmm, just assessing last year's summer makes ahead of #mmmay16 (in a bout of total optimism, obviously!) I knew I had lost weight and would have to alter things : this may take rather more than taking in the side seams!! I hope I haven't overstated my pledge of me made 6 days a week!!! #slightsewingpanic #isew #sewingblog #needtosewsummerclothes
So I suddenly went from hoping for warm weather to be able to access last year’s clothes to hoping it stayed cool long enough for me to sew more things. FAST!
A weekend of very mixed temperatures in the Lake District made the Agnes top the go to plus various scarves for warmth!
I’ve realised that I’m short on separates. I feel really good in clothes I made myself, to the point where shopping for new ready to wear isn’t that exciting any more (HUGE change!) but I’m starting to struggle. And I really need to adjust or replace last Summer’s clothes in a hurry!
With that in mind I will be working through my fabric stash pairing up patterns and fabrics: The Foldline helpfully shared my projects in Instagram as I’d upload so many! I only wish it were the full extent of my stash but it’s not 😳. Right now I have a New Look 6217 top cut out and ready to go which is hopefully one evening’s sewing and job done!
Sometimes you need to hammer out a few quick projects to fill wardrobe gaps, am I right?
Here’s to the second half of May!