Thursday, April 3, 2014

Me made yay!

Do you recall back to the start of the year when I promised myself I would participate in Me Made May?




Well it's confirmed for another year! So that means for the month of May I will make an effort to wear my me made garments according to a little rule that I get to set for myself

I already wear my handmade stuff pretty often, so I decided to challenge myself to wear something handmade every work day and weekends are optional - depending on what I'm doing that day, though I totally could do it on the weekends too really easily. 


If you also plan to participate remember it's more about setting a personal goal that you can achieve, i.e. one handmade item per week or use the whole month to work on an epic project and present it at the end of the month. Don't try to over stretch your goal and then feel like you've failed. Read up on Zoe's tips here so you know what to do! 

To ensure I had enough supplies for outfits, I took a quick stock of all my handmade clothing items currently in my wardrobe. 

Work Dresses  - 16
Casual Dresses - 12
Tops - 4
Shirts - 6
Work Skirts - 16
Casual Skirts - 19
Jackets/coats - 3
Jumpers (sweaters) - 2
Nightwear- 3
Scarves - 8 (7 knitted, 1 sewn)


Can you tell I like making skirts?

I realised in this little audit that there are quite a few items I've made and don't wear much since I made them years ago. I don't think I want to donate them like I normally would, so I think I'll have to come up with a good way to store them for memories sake because they aren't really suited to my style any more.
I've also noticed that I should try to make more shirts. My preference for work is dresses, but if I make myself some nice shirts, I could probably versify my work wear at bit more and pair them with my rather large collection of skirts!

And despite living in a warm and sunny country, a lot of my stuff is more suited to cold weather - mainly because I sew things for work and the office is often freezing cold! So this will be good for late Autumnal May when I can layer up (especially to hide any sewing boo boos) and still feel comfy

I don't have any pants, so they will be excluded and shoes, socks, undergarments and gym clothes will be excluded also

If I can remember I will try to take a photo for you of each outfit and present them to you in a nice little weekly package! 

So that's my plans for me made May. Will you be taking part? What's your pledge going to be? 

I leave you now with something you could consider as throw back Thursday sort of thing. As I was counting my older handmade stuff, I came across this lovely old girl that I made from Style 2475 in 2009!


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I made it from marle grey fleece and it took on a sort of space age feel. If there was ever a chance to dress up as the Jetsons I would feel pretty on key in this! 

Oh yeah and this is when I had short hair (2009) and no qualms about not wearing make up in my outfit shots! Haha I look way older then 23! (must have been hungover from a fun night out or something)

Take care lovelies! 
Cat xo

23 comments:

  1. How exciting! I did this about 3 years ago and managed to post almost every day! I love the futuristic dress and you still look gorgeous without makeup. xxx

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    1. Ooh I should go back and look for them! I'm sure they are all a riot of colour and pattern!

      Thanks Vix, your so awesome! xoxo

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  2. I look forward to seeing your me-made-may outfits! Skirts are a great way of making the most of the things you already have in your wardrobe and so nice and quick to whip up when you are used to making dresses :)
    It's such a shame how they always overdo it with air conditioning...I went on the bus the other day and I felt like I should have dressed for a European winter, just for the bus. Why do workplaces etc make things freezing inside just because it's warm outside?! Heh sorry for the rant, but it does make dressing for the day much harder!
    The 2009 dress is so cute and still looks like its part of your signature style :)

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    1. Oh yeah skirts are the best! Their so quick and I don't always need a pattern for them which is cool cause I get to pretend I'm a clever tailor or something! Haha

      We have a shuttle bus for work and there is this one driver who always has the temp on like 18 degrees even on the few cold days we've had this autumn. When we see him pull up to the curb we all start to shiver!

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  3. Yay you're taking part too! I've pledged to wear at least 3 handmade items a week. I'm looking forward to seeing your outfits x

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    1. Yay! How exciting is it? I wonder if by end of the month we'll have lots of new ideas of clothes to make?

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  4. Hello again, dear Cat! I pledge to gaze in admiration at each and every one of your Me-Made-May exhibits. This annual challenge is an excellent idea, encouraging you to take stock of the garments you have, fill gaps in your wardrobe - in your case the need for more shirts and blouses (or is it blice? :) - and complete work on your UFO's. I can't wait to see your creations!

    I can relate to living in a warm climate and not having much use for winter clothing most of the time, but having to bundle up indoors at work. I worked at three different television stations. At each one the control rooms and studios were kept cool as a refrigerator, the optimum temperature for electronics. Employees who spent the day working in those areas wore a jacket even in summertime.

    This gentleman votes for you to keep your long lovely hair, dear Catherine. It is definitely an asset. Good night, my friend, and have a marvelous weekend!

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    1. Oh thank you shady! I hope I remember to take the photos. I will be much darker in the mornings and evenings by then so if I do take photos they will be not of the quality I prefer.

      We have an awful lot of computers as many offices do and also a massive server and networks control centre where I work so air con for them is very important. Though when the sun is setting it can hear up the office a bit, but that's in the afternoon when your body temp has regulated. In the morning being cold in a cold office makes me very tired. I'm not sure about other people though

      And yes, I'm definitely not cutting my hair!

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  5. That's very organised of you. I hope you enjoy the challenge. Mine is to wear things that I've made but not worn more than once. It's going to be a riot.
    I also have to wear layers at work but I get to wear jackets - which I love wearing and making - so it all works out for me I suppose. See you soon:)

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    1. Oh wow! That's a good challenge. In my count I discovered I have quite a few things that I've sewn and not hardly worn, so maybe that will be my challenge for next year? I look forward to hearing about your adventures!

      I must get better at jackets, though I love tailored jackets and I'm no where near that skill level!

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  6. I love following your work. Cant wait to see more! xo

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    1. Thanks Laura! Will you be taking part too?

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  7. I love the grey dress, it definitely feels very space age! I shall look forward to seeing your outfits :)

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    1. Thanks babe! I totally feel like a space lady on it! I think the grey colour accentuates that a bit!

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  8. That grey dress is lovely! I'm really looking forward to seeing all of your outfits

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  9. I'm so excited to see what you'll be wearing! I wish I had as many skirts as you--they are so simple but I never get around to making them!

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    1. Oh I know! I'm making another skirt now before I start the next project! Lol

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  10. You final dress that you've show looks a bit like Tilly's COCO dress - but more complicated. I like it! For me-made May maybe I'll pledge to wear ONE of the things I've made into work...one thing for the whole month. Baby steps.

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    1. hehe! it is quite similar. it has a princess seam insert in the sides as well. i wonder what coco would look like in fleece?
      1 thing is a good start, sometimes i make things intended for work and i become a little scared to wear them so if you can wear 1 thing, then that is an achievement at least! good luck!

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  11. This sounds like such a fantastic idea and a fun challenge. My goodness you've made a lot of things - how great! I look forward to seeing the little package posts. And I love that grey dress you've shared. It looks so comfortable and fits you perfectly!

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    1. im really looking forward to it! i hope i get to wear those things im too scared to wear most of the time.

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  12. Yay! So glad you are taking part this year, I'm really looking forward to seeing all your wonderful garments worn throughout the month. I remember that grey dress from when I used to hang out on Burdastyle! Happy sewing and planning... x

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