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Me Made May 2017 Round Up

I generally really enjoyed participating in Me Made May this year. Last year I had a corporate job where I needed to wear formal workwear, and so my pledge was only for weekends wearing handmade. This year, I have a job with a more casual dress code, and so I decided to stretch myself and wear at least one item made or refashioned by myself every day in May. I also decided to document every day’s outfit on Instagram. I wasn’t sure if I would manage to be honest, I’ve done ‘do this thing every day’ things before and I always find it hard to maintain. However, I managed it! I only missed one day and had to post a flatlay of the outfit the next morning, which is an achievement in itself.

What did I reach for most? I decided to break it down. Apologies in advance for the slightly grainy quality of the photos, I could have probably done better but I just used my phone to extract these from Instagram and so even though they were pretty high quality before, that’s now been lost by my shortcuts.

 

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Refashioned turtle neck top– my most recent and therefore favourite top right now. I wore it three times, twice in the exact same outfit!

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Refashioned top (unblogged)- This was one of my first makes, so much so one of the side seams is hand sewn! It’s cute.

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Refashioned top– A classic. Not much to say, it’s pretty simply but most of my stretch tops are plain so having a patterned one is nice.

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Refashioned jeans (unblogged)- These were a real transformation- I was all ready to donate this, but thought I would give it a second life and now I really like them. I also made this Richard O’Brien coat, but only wore it the once.

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Tablecloth skirt– it’s a bit big, but I kind of grew to like this skirt after this month.

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Delphine skirt– My old reliable, looking a little big in the waist but very easy to wear. Rather boring combinations this month but there you go.

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Refashioned skirt– I really like this skirt with any plain top, it’s a good addition to my wardrobe.

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Lilou dress– My not so secret favourite- fun story, I actual found another one of these duvets on Depop and so I have more of this amazing fabric! Exciting. I also wore my new bralette a couple of times this month.

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DIY Annika skirt (unblogged)- One of my first items of clothing, made from a second hand baby duvet. Another old reliable, it looks good with most of my tops.

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Refashioned skirt– Floaty, suitable length for work without tights, pretty good May item. It doesn’t go with too many things in my wardrobe though…

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Refashioned dress– This is such a fun dress and I love it. I was apparently restrained and only wore this dress twice  this month.

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Skirt– And the winner (not that it was a competition) of this year’s Me Made May is this skirt. I love it, I feel put together and chic and it goes with so many tops I own, which is impressive given the bold pattern. More of this type of successful sewing items please!

And there were these items I wore only once-

It wasn’t warm enough most of the time for this skirt (unblogged), and then I think I might have broken the zip :O I haven’t looked at it properly yet for a true diagnosis.

I am not really feeling this top, I might need to let it find a new home…

Love this top, love this skirt, since that day it wasn’t warm enough!

I actually wore this twice, but one time I changed later in the day and took the photo of the second outfit.

There were some notable absences from my wardrobe this month. I didn’t wear any hand knitted items, which I think is a combination of the strange weather, and possibly drawing attention to the hand knitted gaps in my wardrobe. I’m not sure what to do about that at the moment. I love knitting and I want to knit more jumpers and cardigans, but I already have so many second hand and purchased ones in heavy rotation! I don’t want an overflowing wardrobe of stuff, I don’t have the room. I also planned on wearing my teal Orla top a few times, but ended up not putting it on at all, because it came out of the wash super creased and I didn’t fancy ironing ONCE this month apparently. In fact, it’s still in a corner of my room waiting for some care and attention. Also, I would have worn my Megan dress, but a hole has developed in the zip seam and I haven’t got around to fixing it yet…

Wearing my handmade items also drew attention to what I have made and actually wear. Firstly, I should make some more day dresses. My space print Lilou is amazing, but I need more of that kind of easy out together but comfy set up. Also, I have made lots of skirts. I didn’t realise how much of my me made wardrobe was skirts until this month. I love my new turtleneck refashion and I want more like right now.

Some people specify in their pledges to not wear any repeats in the month, which I omitted for two reasons. One, I don’t really have enough handmade items to do that. Secondly, for me part of the reason I make my own clothes is to create a more sustainable wardrobe, and being able to re-wear items multiple times is part of ensuring my clothes are a resource being used to their full potential. I learnt a lot by allowing repeats about what I enjoy wearing for multiple occasions.

Lastly, we took a lot of photos this month. For each post on Instagram I probably got Michael to take roughly three which didn’t make the cut. I thought it might be fun to show you some of them, as a reward for getting to the bottom of the post. Enjoy, and here’s to next year’s Me Made May!

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Liberty Skirt

I went to my ‘rents a couple of weeks ago where I got a trove of vintage fabrics. It was a good day. Among these was a really cool Liberty fabric with elastic on one of the edges. Basically you’d buy a length & the elastic has already created the gathered waist. I’ve never seen this already on the fabric, does anyone know if this still exists? This had already been made into a skirt, but it was pretty easy to resize. First, I put it on and worked out how much to take out.

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This is just for show. I ended up taking in way more than that, to compensate for the stretch of the elastic. Anyway, after that I sewed down as straight as I could be bothered, cut off the excess and a super speedy skirt is made.

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This isn’t a length I usually go for but I think it’s pretty cute.

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The fabric is so very lovely, it’s soft and light. Perfect summer styling, plus comfy enough that I can eat as much ice cream as I like. That’s the plan anyway…

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It’s nice to be back blogging, life’s been busy recently.

Woven Plastic

It’s Christmas time, which means I’m at my parent’s home to spend it with the family. Each time I come back I try to clear a bit more of my room, and this time I stumbled upon an old project to knit a bag with plastic yarn, or plarn as some call it. a few years ago I diligently cut up strips from plastic bags, knotted them together, and I had quite  a lot left still. The bag was a complete failure (One of the bags was compostable and so had dissolved within the knit. That was a ‘mare to hoover up.), but I thought in the spirit of tidying up and zero waste, I would do something with the still usable yarn. I was just playing about really.

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This one was made with the side of a Ritz cracker box, with slits cut on both ends at 1cm denominations. Make sure to cut them long enough, or the yarn will keep trying to slip out. IMG_0898

I used a combination of quite soft plastic yarn for this one, so it’s got a nice, flexible loose weave feel to it. I haven’t sorted out the loose ends yet. In any case, this worked out way better than I expected it to.

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Full of the success of my first attempt, I strung up a bigger one with a load of plastic yarn from some big black bag thing. Ooh, look how nice it’s looking already. Hang on…

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I had found this plastic basket with slots which looked a perfect distance and width for my next project. I got to about here, when I realised my stupid mistake. Have you worked it out yet? Yup, I had trapped the weave in the basket, with no way of getting it off then it was finished. Nice one.

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I had to cut the ends (whilst holding my breath somewhat), and knot them up, as you can see in the above photo. Despite that stupid decision, I think this one turned out pretty snazzy. I love the colours, it looks like a seascape. I think the top bit of blue must have been some packaging for a parcel, because there was loads of it and it was way stiffer than the plastic which was clearly a shopping bag. This made a much more rigid ‘fabric’.

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I’m not sure what I’m going to do with these. I’ve still got some yarn left so I might make some more and try some sewing with them, or I’ll frame or canvas mount them, because I think they look great in their current form. IMG_0896

Right, I’m off to wrap some final presents and knit some more of a jumper (I can’t wait to show it to you guys when it’s finished), assuming the cats haven’t made a bed of it. Speak soon!