The end of May … phew!

Me Made May draws to a close today and although I totally love the concept (thank you Zoe), I have to admit, I am a little more than relieved that it’s almost over …

Despite being very good at not photographing my efforts and the odd “didn’t you have that on yesterday?”, I’m very pleased to report that I managed to wear one home made item five days a week (I pledged that I would wear at least three, so that’s a positive!). I also attempted to make some trousers (another part of my pledge) and after a lengthy battle that threatened my relationship with my brain (such a puzzle), I gave up, so that’s a fail (… it’s fine, honestly and thank you so much for the encouraging comments on my last post!).

What did I learn? Don’t attempt trousers when you are busy and stressed for a start (the pattern and bits of fabric are now shoved in a carrier at the back of a cupboard). I also realised very quickly that I relied heavily on certain items to get me out of a MMM hole. I recorded everything I wore in my notebook but to be honest, I bored myself with the amount of times I wore a Sorbetto, so I shan’t inflict anymore of the list on you. In fact my outfits revolved around three dresses, five tops and this skirt that I forgot to take a picture of! A multitude of cardi’s helped with variety, but ooh, can you see why I struggled?


Losers? My denim Hollyburn is lovely but not with tights and so, frustratingly it hasn’t been worn yet (the English weather!), so a winner really, just not in May. The real losers in fact, were all the cheap fabric makes, my Mathilde being the biggest culprit, I tried to wear it at least once a week but took it off again straight away. I just can’t get comfy in this version (so clingy), I will have to make another in cotton to do the pattern justice.

Winners? The Sorbettos, Laurel top and Violet (thank you Colette) because they suited me and I could wear them with jeans and throw on a cardigan and really didn’t have to give much time or thought to my outfits (quite handy when I’m busy). My Laurel dress also had its share of wear on chilly days with tights and boots.

In conclusion? MMM ’13 was a bit of a struggle for me, but I’m really pleased I had a go. Yes, I am a bit bored  with the repeat appearances of certain tops. Yes, I could do with a few ‘basics’, the Renfrew is going to be a birthday request I think (you’ll see I’ve linked it just in case Jimmy is reading this). Yes, I have far too many polka dot items (is that possible?) and yes, I need to buy some lovely Liberty cotton (I’m shameless, hello Jimmy). But, and here’s the thing, it’s given me an appreciation of the things I’ve made that do work and most importantly …

… a desire to make lots more.

Have a nice weekend! x



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5 responses to “The end of May … phew!

  1. Hi there I am a new reader to your blog and I am in total awe of all your me made clothes. I love your photo, gorgeous fabrics and colours, it is very inspiring to new sewers like me! 🙂

  2. Hello and thank you so much, what a lovely comment! There are so many great blogs out there to inspire and it’s such a supportive community you’ll always have help if you need it. Good luck!

  3. flossiejamieson

    I like the look of your collection! I particularly like your repeat offending with the Sorbetto – if you like something, why not have a million versions of it, all in different colours, patterns, contrast trims etc? I really must get me some Sorbetto action going soon. Esp. as it’s free!

  4. I love your clothes! Shame about the Mathilde, I love your version. And I really need to give Sorbetto another go – I still haven’t managed to make one that I feel comfortable in but yours are inspiring me.

  5. MMM was so much fun and it’s been great to discover so many new blogs through it – very inspiring! I love your outfits here, and like you I too repeat-wear my Sorbetto’s a lot, along with my Meringue – go Colette patterns! I also found I need more basics so I’ve cut out and traced the free Maria Denmark kimono t-shirt. Have you seen it? it might be worth a try whilst you’re waiting on your birthday Renfrew!

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