Me-Made-May ’12: The good, the bad and the fugly

MMM Days 28 to 31

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!

The good…

  • 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…

The bad…

  • 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 🙂

The fugly…

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!

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10 thoughts on “Me-Made-May ’12: The good, the bad and the fugly

  1. This was my first MM month, so I think I have quite rose-tinted glasses about it all… I really loved it! For me, having the Japanese phrase a day gimmick really helped motivate me to take and post pictures. I’d always be thinking ahead about what I wanted to ask people and how I’d incorporate the vocab word… plus it gave me something to do with my hands while I posed! I’m trying to decide if I’ll think of another gimmick for next challenge, or try to do it straight. (Hmmm… How about a sewing technique and day, and people can comment if they’ve tried it, or why not, and if they have any tips? I wonder if that would get boring… or if I can even think of that many techniques!)

    I’d love to try jeans or pants too… I just don’t know where to start!

  2. Oh no, shame about your Beignets…weird that, but I guess our tastes change now and again! I too enjoyed discovering new outfit combos and not being afraid to wear my me-mades. Now I need to do it more and I need to get better at fitting dresses so that I can enjoy next MMM even more ;o)

    I seriously love your style though Joanne, so seeing your outfits each week has been a delight. You’re a talented lady!

    • Thank you so much Marie you’re always so lovely. Yours was fantastic – I think you excelled at styling all your pieces together and it was always a pleasure to see how you did it. I particularly heart your shoe and belt collection!

  3. Many of the pretty or fancy items in my closet didn’t get worn. Its just not practical in my everyday. What I thought was interesting about seeing everyone’s mmm was really seeing how people dress everyday – not just when they’re having their picture taken (even though we were having our picture taken… but you know what i mean!) I loved your mmm outfits – they always looked comfortable and like “you” and never costumey – all signs of really great makes that integrate into your wardrobe well.

  4. Hey, my first weekend without assignments and study so thought I would check in. Hugely impressed by the sewing and the blog. Would you have an easy, getting back into sewing project that I can dust off my machine with? I have a stock pile of kids material so something nice for babyham me thinks. Any recommendations greatly received. V.

    • Och missus good to see you back! Have you thought about doing a quilt? ‘Modern log cabin quilting’ by Susan Beal is brilliant. You can use all that lovely kids stuff to make something really bright and get back into using the sewing machine without fiddling about with zippers and stuff 🙂

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