First of all, thanks to Zoe at So-Zo for organising this fabulous event. After taking part in Me-Made-May for the the third year in a row I wanted to do some analysis of the clothes I have enjoyed wearing, the patterns I am attracted to and the quality of the fabric. My pledge was to wear one or more me-made or me-mended garments during week days which I managed to achieve without too much of a stretch.
In completing this analysis I want to identify how I could streamline my wardrobe and identify what clothes should be my next challenge / project to make.
Me-Made Wardrobe Colour Palette:
Creating a visual representation of all the me-made garment fabrics I have worn this month really helped me identify my preferences.
This is what was revealed......
a) I am partial to an abstract print
b) I love monochrome
c) I also like bold blues, pinks, reds and greens!
Types of Clothing worn during May:
Further analysis highlighted I chose to wear more me-made tops than any other garment with skirts a close second during the month of May.
Pattern Companies worn in May:
I already knew I was a major Grainline Studio fan-girl when it comes to pattern companies. The results speak for themselves. I am definitely drawn to independent pattern companies much more than the big 4 (Simplicity / McCalls / Butterick / Vogue).
Year of Construction:
Another aspect I thought would be interesting to observe was the date I made the clothes I had worn during May. As suspected, I don't have many clothes before 2009 and a lot of garments made between 2010 - 2012 have been re-fashioned or given to charity as the quality of both the construction and fabric were not great.
My best year for making was 2015 and with half a year left of 2016 I think it will be my best year yet!
In conclusion to MMM in 2015, I highlighted a number of garments that were missing from my wardrobe that I wanted to make before MMM 2016. I am happy to report I managed to make a pair of trousers, a shirt (which incidentally I didn't wear this May) and a fully lined jacket (which I also didn't wear).
Plans for 2016 after analysing Me-Made-May.
Re-fashion or donation to charity:
- Bettine dress - Attach a bias section on the skirt to make it longer and therefore more wearable
- Simplicity 9620 dress - not worn this MMM because it's too short. As above.
- Mathilde blouse - Give to charity as I never choose to wear it!
- Grainine Scout in B&W (I didn't wear this version in May) - The cotton is too heavyweight for a top - should I cut up for patchwork?
- Finish Navy Simplicity 2154 pencil skirt (currently half made)
- Complete black and white By Hand London Flora (currently half made)
- Finish Liberty print Colette Laurel dress (currently 3/4 made)
- Re-work the By Hand London Charlie Dress - the bodice is still not 100% right
- Make another pair of SOI Cigarette Pants - black and white print / Navy / Grey
- Make a Grainline Moss skirt - now I know how to do a fly zip
- Make a pair of Grainline Maritime shorts
- Make more dresses - I have lots of BHL and Christine Haynes patterns in my stash
Overall I have really enjoyed Me-Made-May this year and look forward to seeing how my me-made wardrobe will have evolved by May 2017. Maybe I need to pledge to wear me-made clothes for the full seven days of the week next year?
How did you get on?