Me Made May has come to an end – over four weeks of wearing self-made clothes on a daily basis; trying to find new and interesting outfit combinations and grinning inanely into a camera 7 days a week. Phew – I’m glad it’s over if I’m honest, much as I enjoyed the whole thing. But as with Self-Stitched-September last year, I learnt a few things along the way… but first – here’s the last round up!
Monday – Polka dot scout tee with skinny blue trews from Mango… and a cat
Tuesday – New! Portlandia dress with red wedges from Office & Primark belt
Wednesday – Knit scout tee (not blogged) with jeans and Oasis cream cardy
Thursday – Old favourite Colette Violet with (yawn) jeans again!
- That I’m SO not afraid of wearing my own clothes any more – the first time I did a challenge like this was in September last year, after just a few months of sewing. I was utterly terrified that people would point and laugh at me to begin with. Now I wear my own stuff so often I don’t even think about it unless it’s a newly created item or one worn rarely. This tells me that not only am I more confident about the quality of my creations, I’m also way more confident about my own personal style (or maybe I just don’t give a toss what anyone thinks anymore?!).
- That it’s time to really up the anti and start making some practical everyday items for my wardrobe – even though the idea of making them is scary to me. These include trousers, jeans, t-shirts, more use of jersey and maybe even underwear (gulp!). Scary, but exciting.
- That I found some great new outfit combinations I can take away from the experience – one of my faves below.
- That I must bloody love shopping in Mango. Honestly it was Mango trousers here and Mango cardigans there… at least I’m consistent! But I had no idea I had so many basic fail safe items from there – ones that I fall back on over and over again. Good huh? Or maybe I should cast my high street net wider? Hmmm…
- That there’s sometimes nothing worse than trying to take a happy pic on a grey drizzly Monday morning when all you want to do is crawl back into bed.
- That I neglected some of my me-mades over the course of the month because I just couldn’t be bothered dressing them up/styling them which was just plain lazy. These include this, this, and this.Sadly these babies never got worn because I just couldn;t be bovvered. Bad Joanne!
- I don’t like my Beignets anymore! I’ve gone right off them and I don’t know why.
- My waist increased by an inch or so and it ruled out wearing this and this and most of my high-waisted skirts! Ah well never mind :)
How did you find Me Made May 2012? How has it changed how you feel about your me-made wardrobe? Have you enjoyed the experience? Most importantly – will you be up for doing it again?
Finally, a massive thanks to Zoe from whom all this May madness emanates. Without this woman’s genius and passion there wouldn’t be hundreds of ladies getting down in their me-made items every year and learning awesome new things about body perception and their unique style. Viva la revolution!