Me Made May – Round-Up & Ideas for June.

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Ok so the last week has been a total fail! I kind of gave up after the last post ūüė¶ At the beginning of the month it was fun and inspiring to find new ways to work with the clothes I’d made or refashioned but by the end it was becoming a chore. I probably still wore something handmade/refashioned everyday, but it just wasn’t fun anymore to photograph and document what I was wearing every single day, I don’t know how the fashion bloggers do it!

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My favorite outfit from MMM13 – only because I love this vintage cardie!

¬†I did learn a lot about my wardrobe though, most of my clothes come from only three shops :/ so maybe I need to branch out and shop around a bit more. I also spotted the holes in my wardrobe, I need a lot more plain/simple items (the lure of bright fabrics is just too strong!) and I also probably own too many dresses. Style-wise I’m definitely more 80’s than 50’s which is a shame because I love that look, but it’s just not me. So while I learned a lot about the way I think about clothes and the items I’ve made, I doubt I’ll do it again. I will in future however try to post at least one picture of me wearing the clothes I make as well as on the hanger (not always decapitated either!).

Ideas for June

My boyfriend has been pestering (guilt tripping!) me about never making him anything, so I’m going ¬†to make one piece of ¬†Mens/boys wear every week in June. Not just because he’s been annoying me, but also as a challenge I hope I’ll enjoy and learn from.

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This week my mother brought back lots of¬†amazing fabric from Texas (i’ll share it all tomorrow) including some great cowboy prints to make a shirt for my nephew. Boyfriend also wants a shirt and there is a great Burda pattern with the Sewing Vintage Modern book I’ve just managed to borrow again from the digital library. I also want to make something for my brother, I guess it’s all planned out now I just hope I can managed to get it done!

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I know I keep saying this but I really want to launch my Esty shop soon, I’ve found a great tutorial here for making your own labels through Spoonflower and there are shops on eBay sell the washing instruction ones super cheap! I just need to muddle through and make more stock, I really don’t want the shop to launch half empty. Also this way if they don’t sell I’ll have enough to set up a stall one weekend at one of the many London craft markets. With this in mind I’m going to do a weekly post on what I manage to turn all the old bedsheets, curtains and tablecloths into, hopefully it’ll also inspire others to think differently about unused textiles.

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I have some really great new release craft book reviews in the pipeline for June, I really enjoy making the projects and sharing them with you all! I’m going to try and add some more fashion related books and antiquarian books, I also own loads of rare art books too if you want to see them??

Me Made May – Week Three

Another week of Me Made May and there are a couple of repeat outfits in here, I’m really starting to struggle to find new ways to wear my clothes! I’ve also finally¬†given in to mirror shots! Me Made May is hosted by Zoe over at ‘so zo… what do you know?‘, I’ve challenged myself to wear something handmade/refashioned every day this month.

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My favorite Dress!

Dress – H&M

Jeans – New Look

Cardigan – Handknit

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Day 16

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Dress – Handmade

Cardigan – New Look

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Day 17

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I love the exposed zipper on this dress

Dress – H&M

Cardigan – New Look

Leggings  РRefashion

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Day 18

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Girls night out!

Dress – Handmade

Shoes/tights – New Look

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Day 19

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Really hungover Sunday

Top – Handmade

Jeans – New Look

Cardigan – Primark

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Day 20

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Dress & Jeans – New Look

Cardigan – H&M – Refashion (elbow patches – not yet blogged)

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Day 21

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Teddy Bear Picnic

Dress – Handmade/refashion

Legging & slippers – Primark

Belt – Accessorise

Me Made May – Week Two

Me Made May – Week Two

I’m going to start off by being honest, I didn’t actually take a photo of myself everyday this week. I’m just not organised enough! So I spent yesterday afternoon recreating some of the outfits I’ve worn over the last week. Even though the order might be a little out I did actually wear these clothes so I don’t think it matters too much, does it? Also I’ve had a bit of a yucky cold so excuse the PJ day, I wish I could have spent the whole week in them! Oh and the fact that I haven’t ironed anything and forgot to put¬†jewelry¬†on!

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Dress – Refashion New Look

Cardigan – H&M

Belt – New Look

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Day 9

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Cardigan РVintage C&A  (I am literally in love with this cardigan so expect to see it a lot!)

Dress – Primark

Leggings – Refashion Primark ( I cropped them and made them high waisted)

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Day 10

MMM Day 8Skirt – Handmade

Cardigan – Vintage

Top – Handmade (little sew & sew)

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Day 11

MMM Day 10(I’m not sure why this photo is so blurry! But I’ll wear this dress again next week and take a better picture!)

Dress – Handmade

Cardigan – Primark

Belt – Accessorize

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Day 12

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Top – Refashion

Cardigan – Next menswear (stolen from Terry)

Pajama bottoms – Primark

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Day 13

MMM Day 11Top – Dress E – Handmade

Jeggings – Uniqlo

Cardigan – New Look

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Day 14

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Top – Handmade

Cardigan – Primark

Jeans – New Look

Me Made May – Week One

Me Made May – Week One

My first week of me made may has just finished, for anyone that doesn’t know it’s a month long challenge set by Zoe over at ‘So zo.. What do you know‘ to actually wear the clothes you make, I decided to wear something handmade/refashioned every day. You can check out the photo’s of what I wore all week below. I’ve learnt a lot about myself this week, probably more from the act of taking photographs of myself everyday! The first thing is that¬†I need to start making things other than dresses, as much as I love wearing them I’ve been craving jeans and¬†flip flops!¬†Secondly I need to make more effort with my hair and I’m not 100% sold on the fringe I cut it so I could grow out my eyebrows, but now they’re back to normal I’m not sure if I want to keep it. Lastly I put on quite a lot of weight over the winter and although I usually lose it over the summer it can’t be right to yo-yo up and down so much each year!¬†¬†(I know the last two aren’t really related to sewing but they’ve been really bugging me!)

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Cardigan – New Look

Dress – Refashion

Belt – H&M

Necklace/Hairband – Primark

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DAY 3

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Dress – Refashion

Necklace – Accessorize

Leggings – Uniqlo

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DAY 4

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Dress – Handmade

Belt – Accessorize

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DAY 5

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Dress – Handmade

Cardigan – Vintage C&A

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DAY 6

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(I didn’t actually wear this out, but I wore it home for a bit so that counts right?)

Skirt РHandmade (Colette Sewing Handbook Р Meringue skirt )

Cardigan – H&M

T-shirt – Primark

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DAY 7

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Cardigan – Handknit

Dress – H&M

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I’m loving checking out what other people are wearing on flickr (even though I’m not the best at uploading everyday!) it’s great to see so many others inspired by this challenge.

Oh I almost forgot! I’m still stash-busting and haven’t bought anything crafty all week, although I’ve sorely tempted as I’ve been doing a lot of embroidery and my selection of floss isn’t great, but I’m going to try and stick with it!

Me – Made – May ‘ 13

Me – Made – May ‘ 13

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A little while ago I signed up for Me-Made-May hosted by Zoe over at ‘So, Zo.. What Do You Know?’. The whole idea is set your self a challenge to actually wear the clothes you make, whether it be once a week or everyday, or even to wear just things you’ve made for a whole month. I decided to go for one item of handmade/refashioned clothing everyday, I’m hoping it’ll prove to me that I actually do have a lot of clothes so shouldn’t always open my draws and say the inevitable “I haven’t got anything to wear today!”. I’m going to try really hard not to repeat whole outfits, but I’m probably going to have to repeat garments.

So below is my first outfit, I’m pre-warning you now that as a full time mum they’re all going to be pretty casual.

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Dress: Handmade – Refashion

Cardigan: Primark

Necklace: Ebay

Belt: New Look

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I tried to take snazzy outdoor pictures on my balcony but it was too sunny and one of my¬†neighbors was watching but as she was still in her nighty at 11am I think we’re pretty even (Not judging I often have pj days too!). My hair is also acting up today, I really want to¬†just¬†get it all chopped off! Lol this is why I don’t post pictures of myself much as I spend way to much time over-analysing¬†them!

Anyway although this isn’t really related to Me Made May I thought I’d tag it along with this post as its another challenge I’m setting my self for May. I’m doing a stash buster and not buying anymore crafty bits, I really need to concentrate on working my way through the piles of stuff I’ve already got!

I’m really excited about seeing everyone else’s outfits this month, you can check them out too on the flick group here. I’m going to do a weekly post showing what I’ve been wearing and how I’m managing on the dreaded stash busting!