Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Me Made May - The round-up

Well May flew by and June is following in its footsteps making this round-up post very late indeed! In addition to the lateness of this post I feel guilty about tailing off towards the end of May and not posting any photos. FAIL.

I did however succeed in the other part of my pledge, and despite lack of photo evidence I can assure you that I did wear two handmade garments every week throughout May! HURRAH! In fact on some occasions I exceeded my pledge and found myself wearing a lot of handmade stuff although a lot of it was on repeat.

To make up for the lack of my awkward photos here is a compilation of the makes that got an airing last month.

Sencha's no. 1 and 2!
Kelly's no. 1 and 2!

Oh look, 2 Sorbetto's!

Spot the difference between these Moss Skirts

I had hoped that May would bring with it a flurry of sewing that would result in lots of basics to wear such as the Renfrew I've banged on about for a while but this was only partially true. I managed to whip up two Kelly skirts in quick succession and two sorbettos but that Renfrew still eludes me! I've also got two (identical) Moss mini skirts...can you see my M.O. emerging? I'm like the Noah of the sewing world and my wardrobe is my Ark.

So, what did I learn during Me Made May? Well I really need to slow down this Noah's Ark business and take the time to wear the garment a bit first to get a better handle on fit and what it's like to actually wear. The problem I've found is that although I often think something fits at first or that it's only minor so I can put up with it, with wearing things more regularly fit is a real issue. And I'm ending with two garments that don't quite fit instead of taking the time to think about and remedy the issue in the second attempt.

This is also partly a result of sewing more and also reading Fit For Real People. I always thought I had broad shoulders but it seems I also have a swayback, high round back, forward shoulders and who knows what else! The moss mini skirt is a good example, I made this with no alterations as the sizing was exactly mine. I thought the fit was perfect but after a couple of wears I've realised that I get a funny ripple of fabric across the back and also (probably as a result of stretch) it's a little big and sits much lower on the hips than I really like. And I've got two skirts like this! But am I going to fix them? Probably not.

Well anyway, that's enough words from me. I think my point is that I'm going to take my time and work on fit. I've already implemented this plan and have something pretty good to share with you later this week!


  1. I did MMM for the first time this year and, like you, it really made me think about my wardrobe. I don't have enough skirts and tops that I can mix and match for work and tend to gravitate towards sewing dresses! Good luck with your non-Noah's Ark sewing!

    1. Funnily enough I realised how much I like being able to throw on a dress and not have to think about matching clothes! Lots more dresses on the cards for me.

  2. Congratulations on making it through Me Made May! I did it this year too and it was a bit of a struggle! I love both of your Sencha's think I might need to try that pattern out soon!
    I just wanted to say thank you for your lovely comments on my blog and let you know that I've nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! http://chainstitcher.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/thank-you.html

    1. May is a long month isn't it!? Hopefully next year will be a bit easier though.

      Thank you so much for the award nomination! I will have a think about those questions and try and get something posted in the next couple of days!