I’m enjoying my Me-Made pledge this year: to wear whatever the hell I want! Instead of trying to focus on me-made only outfits, I’m wearing my normal mix of me-mades, store-bought and thrifted items. My goal is to capture what my wardrobe actually looks like this year, as an annual snapshot of my style.
So, let’s dive in! (And yes, there will be a graph at the end! 😉
May 1: May begins cold and rainy. I’m wearing a Jorna dress which has really grown on me over the year – I like the flippy skirt and interesting curved hem. My bra and underwear are also me-made, as they will be every time I actually bother to get dressed this month, so I’ll stop mentioning that every day! The sweater was thrifted at least 4 years ago, and the scarf is from an import store in Japan.
May 2: Ebony sweaterknit top, which I’ve worn lots, with a cute handmade cat pin I bought in Ottawa with March! I admit, my whole outfit was themed around this kitty! I bought the pants at Old Navy last summer, because I was tired of looking for stretchy red twill… but the waistband cuts in when I sit so they rarely get worn. In a MMM triumph, I managed to rip the waistband off, take out the stabiliser, and reattach it with elastic inside all before I went to work at 7:30!
May 3: Love. This. Dress. It’s a Concord tee, lengthened, and the lady in the shop teased me when I bought this garish fabric. That’s my current measure of how much I’ll love a fabric, actually – is it bonkers enough that people think it’s strange? Then it’s a winner! Leggings are model from CaliFabrics.
(Then I went to a conference for two days, and didn’t take pics… then sat in my (me-made) pyjamas all weekend!)
May 8: I always feel polished in this ITY Comino Cap blouse. The sweater was a gift from my mom 5 years ago, and little did she know when she bought it for me that coral would become one of my “wardrobe colours”! I’d never worn it before, but I love it now! The jeans are cheap RTW, with some alterations.
May 9: BARE LEGS! Yes, it’s was -1c when I woke up, but dang it, I’d shaved my legs for the first time in 6 months, and I was ready to show them off! 😉 This dress is from the MyImage magazine I was sent last fall, and even though the fit isn’t perfect, I enjoy the colours and style!
May 11: My “Dress Like Your Grandma” dress and a RTW cardigan that I also wore on May 1st! This dress reminds me of what I liked about the Tiramisu pattern – the tight, narrow wrap front that never gaps!
May 12: Digging out some classics! I sewed this Myrtle dress in 2014, and thanks to the magical properties of ITY, it’s still in perfect shape. The cardigan is even older – so old that the post apparently has broken image links!
May 13: It’s finally warm enough to wear this dress I made in February! I was an usher for my parents’ choir concert this night, and got two compliments from strangers! (I also met a fellow sewist when I recognised the fabric she was wearing!)
So, what patterns are there? Let’s look at the data from the Google Form I’ve been filling out every day:
- Me-made bra and undies ever day. I should just throw out the very old RTW!
- I don’t own any RTW tops or dresses at this point, but I often wear RTW cardigans and jeans. I usually get cardigans second-hand, but I happily buy new jeans when I find nice fabric and good fit!
- Four of the outfits are based on the Comino Cap dress pattern! It’s the skirt for my Myrtle and the pink faux-wrap dress… it’s the basis of my black floral blouse, and it’s the lace dress at the end! That’s pretty good for a pattern that came out years ago and gets zero hype. If you are looking for a simple but flattering knit dress, I highly recommend it!
It’s supposed to get hot this week – I’m excited to wear some summer clothes!
How is you Me-Made May going? Are you enjoying the general shift this year to Instagram, instead of Flickr and daily blog posts?