Me Made May 2015 is over and this calls for a wrap up. If you can't remember what I'm talking about, it's a call to action for all the crafty people who make their own clothes. In May, we wore our handmade stuff to boast about our cool hobbies and show off our talents. The basic idea is to wear as much handmade clothes as one can, preferably everyday. I chose to challenge myself for wearing me-made clothes for two out of three weekly outfit posts that I publish on the blog (an as much as possible off it). I'm glad to say I managed to reach my goal... almost. On one occasion I wore an outfit composed of RTW pieces and a cardigan made by my Grandma - a she-made, if you will (it's a term a few fellow sewing instagrammers developed and I love it!).
All in all, you had a chance to see nine outfits composed out of me-made clothes --out of thirteen outfit posts total. I honestly could have gone for me-made with each post but I did find it easier to wear RTW outfits on some days - mostly because I didn't have warm enough me-made clothes for the exceptionally cold May we've had.
You can see all of my Me Made May 2015 outfits here:
1, 2, 3
4, 5, 6
7, 8, 9.
One of my main realisations during this MMM was that I tend to make clothes that are most suitable for warm days and don't lend themselves to layering. Most of my makes are in bright colours and patterns and some of them are a little bit too fancy in cut to wear on a daily basis.
I lack more basic pieces. I need to sew more solid colours and probably a lot of neutrals. A simple black dress is a must and a next sew as soon as I finish that new blue floral fancy dress that I've had on my mannequin for a few days...
I was also glad to see that what I make doesn't fall apart even after some heavy duty wear like it had to endure in O. where we were hiking all day through the forest and many times my skirts and dresses got tangled in branches and twigs. I do have this fear that my seams won't last but hopefully I'll get rid of it after testing my clothes more often in demanding conditions.
All in all, Me Made May 2015 was a nice challenge to take part in. I think I'll participate next year and see what my thoughts are then. I wonder what will change in a year in my wardrobe and how my approach to sewing my own clothes will evolve (keeping my fingers crossed for more reason and less frill).