I took part in Me-Made-May-16 this year in what I thought was a low key way. I never got round to signing up as I had a lot going on, I wasn't even sure I'd even participate. However, I ended up taking pictures on some of the days, I wore something handmade everyday and this time it even included undies and exercise clothes- a limited amount but at least some. I did have a long and reflective think about what I had made over the last three years: a wardrobe full of hand-made clothes. This was my aim in my first Me-Made-May back in 2013 and now I wanted to assess it and plan for the future
As usual for May, it was a productive month. That wonderful lift as the weather warms up is such an incentive to sew. I made two tops, two skirts, three bras and finished a pair of knickers- even I'm a bit surprised, that's a lot. I will blog them in a little more detail but you in the pictures you can see three different Liesl+Co Maritime knit tops (two from April), another Deer and Doe Fumeterre maxi skirt...
...a bell top and barkcloth A-line skirt by Named Clothing who design patterns for a Finnish magazine, two bras using a design from Maddie and her bra making workshop and a Ohh Lulu bralette and knickers.
I did a lot of thinking about what I make, styles that work and don't work, prints and colours that work together to make a more cohesive wardrobe. I've even tried to stick to colours that go with my many tan coloured shoes and bags; my go-to colour for accessories. I've sold some fabric and some patterns that I like but don't work for me as well as others.
I think I've found my style, at the age of 45 ... it took a while.