Sunday, 29 May 2016

Me Made May 2016 Review

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!

2009 4%
2013 8%
2014 21%
2015 42%
2016 25%

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?
Future Projects:
  • 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?


  1. I think all your pieces work well together and really like your colour analysis. If I did that I would end up with shades of blue with pop of coral! Only a few more days to go!

    1. Thanks Tamsin.
      I have been making a concerted effort to select fabric that will work with my current me-mades and RTW clothing so I am glad you think they work well together. I have decided to take the next few days off MMM as I'm doing some DIY house renovation next week and won't really get a chance to wear any me-made clothes.

  2. That was totally interesting to read, thanks for sharing! :) I'm excited to see what dresses you're going to make :)

    1. Thanks Kat. Hopefully 2016 will be the year of the dress for me!

  3. I am glad I found your blog through MMM. I like all your clothes. I have a Mathilde blouse that I rarely wear but it is made in Liberty fabric so I sort of force myself to wear it every now and again!!! I love the colour palette. Jo x

    1. Thanks for your kind words Jo. I am glad I found your blog too!
      As for my Mathilde blouse, I made the mistake of making it in a rather heavy-weight patterned cotton that has no drape and also hides any of the lovely pin-tucking detail. I even changed the sleeves on it so I would wear it more regularly but I still don't wear it. I think its time for the charity shop with it!

  4. Wow, that's detailed analysis! Rather impressive too. Most of my early makes have been cut up, reused or thrown away too.

    1. Geeky though it is doing the analysis it was really interesting and fun to do! Thanks Louise.

  5. Interesting analysis, thanks for sharing! Looking forward to seeing the results of your future projects - I too want to make more dresses and have a grainline moss skirt planned.

    1. Thanks Alex. I am looking forward to making more dresses too!

  6. Wow! I'm in awe of your statistical analysis! You've really worked out what you love and what you need.

    Looking forward to seeing how you get on with your To Do list.

    1. Thanks. I really enjoyed doing the analysis in a geeky sort of way and wanted to see what my hand-made wardrobe looked like in numbers. It has definitely helped shaped my sewing future in terms of next projects.