Me-Made-May 2015: Reflections and learnings

Howdy hi everyone, and happy June! Apparently the start of the summer months but you wouldn’t know it – the weather is miserable here in Derby. I have heard rumours of a heatwave though – a girl can dream!

Back at the end of April I snuck in with my Me-Made-May pledge of wearing at least one handmade item every day throughout May, and I am happy to say that I stuck to my pledge. I didn’t manage to document every day, but no matter, that wasn’t the name of the game for me this time. Here are a few of my favorite outfits:


Letitia jumper. Previously an unsung hero of my me-made wardrobe, this jumper became a wardrobe staple during me-made-May. Comfy and great to sling on over jeans, or with black trousers for a smarter look. I can see myself wearing this a lot more in future.


I have several Pendrell blouse’s in my wardrobe and they all got a lot of wear. In particular the black version with lace sleeves (which you can’t quite see above) since it goes with so many things (there is a lesson here – see later!). Oh – and new hair!


My Simplicity 1652 dress got a lot of wear, as it always does. Comfy and easy to wear, I love this dress.

This was the first year that I had attempted all 31 days and I’m not gonna lie, a part of me is happy that May is over so I can get back in some of my RTW favourites. But I’m taking this as a positive, because it means that I have identified some real gaps in my me-made wardrobe. So what have I learnt?

1. I need more dresses! I love dresses but have relatively few every-day dresses in my wardrobe. I have a few in the pipeline including the Sewaholic Yaletown dress which I hope will address this gap.

2. I need more basics! By this I mean more plain coloured tops and bottoms that I can mix and match together. Top of my list is a black pencil skirt – perhaps the one from Gertie’s book?

3. I have very little me-made going-out wear. It was my 30th birthday this month and I struggled to find something nice to wear out for dinner with the husband (eek, that is still weird to say!). Of course I planned to make something, but it didn’t quite happen.

I’m hoping to address some of these issues so that by the time next May rolls around, I have a lot more variety to play with.

Did you take part in me-made-May this year? What gaps in your me-may wardrobe did you identify? Also any pattern suggestions for the above would be most welcome!

K xx


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