Sunday, 6 May 2018

Me Made May 2018 Week One

I can't believe that Me-Made-May, the month-long challenge for crafty folks who make their own clothes has come around again so fast! It was the fab brain-child of Zoe of 'So Zo' blog who started it in 2009. This year there are over 1,177 people taking part!

This will be my fifth year participating and I am trying to up the challenge with a focus on assessing the wearability of my me-made wardrobe.

Here is my pledge:

Let's get to the outfits......

Day One
Top: Deer and Doe Melilot Shirt. Fabric: H&M tablecloth. Made: 2018 
Trousers: Gap
Watch: Olive green G Shock
Socks: Paul Smith
Shoes: Paul Smith Green Loafers

I really like this shirt. The only niggle is the twisted collar and off centre button band which I must avoid if I make a second version.

Day Two
Top: Marilla Walker Ilsley Skirt. Fabric: Robert Kauffman Essex linen. Made 2015 
Shirt: Gap
Watch: White G Shock
Necklace: Tatty Devine scissors
Shoes: Paul Smith purple Miller Brogues

A simple and easy to wear skirt. I may change the front elastic section to a flat panel for a more flattering shape.

Day Three
Top: Merino wool turtleneck Uniqlo
Necklace: Dad-made wooden pendant!
Skirt: Ready Ruthie Dolores Pocket Skirt. Fabric: Vintage. Made: 2016
Watch: Olive green G Shock
Shoes: Paul Smith Green Loafers

I love this skirt. The colours in the vintage fabric are gorgeous and give you the opportunity to pair it with so many tops. I also lined it in a beautiful olive green silk! The wooden pendant necklace is very special to me as it was hand-made by my dad as a present for my mum in the 1970's.

Day Four
Top: Top shop shirt with a re-fashioned collar. Mended: 2018
Skirt: Dolores Pocket Skirt. Fabric: Cotton. Made 2014.
Brooch: Tatty Devine Typewriter necklace A/W 2017
Watch: White G Shock 
Shoes: Paul Smith blue suede Miller brogues 

You may know about my recent re-fashion of my favourite shirt (changed the collar) which has extended the life of the garment, always a bonus! The skirt is another Dolores Pocket Skirt which is made of cotton and stuck to my tights all day!

Day Five
Top: Merchant and Mills Camber Set Top. Fabric: Viscose, Samuel Taylors. Made: 2016 
Trousers: Abercrombie and Fitch
Watch: Black G Shock
Trainers: Nike

This Merchant and Mills Camber Set Top has been such a hard-working garment in my spring and summer wardrobe. It coordinates with lots of my coloured trousers and skirts. This awesome backdrop was outside the Fashion and Textiles musuem in Bermondsey.

Day Six
Top: Merchant and Mills Camber Set Top. Fabric: Cotton seersucker. Made: 2017 
Trousers: Lululemon
Necklace: Marimekko
Watch: White G Shock
Trainers: Nike

Another Camber Set top in a more structured white cotton seersucker that my lovely friend Sophie sent me from Hong Kong. The stiffer cotton compared to the viscose version from day five creates a more dramatic silhouette. I am almost blending into the background of an art installation at the Tate Britain here. It was a very happy coincidence that I appear to co-ordinate into the exhibit!

Week one in collage form below already highlights my love for the versatility of separates!
Maybe the warmer weather may encourage some dress-wearing next week?

Are you participating in Me-Made-May this year? How are you getting on?


  1. Your outfits are all amazing! I especially like your melilot shirt and dolores pocket skirt, the fabrics look wonderful.

    1. Thanks very much. I definitely need to make another Melilot shirt when I get a chance.

  2. Wearing everything handmade so you can see what needs a tweak and what needs to see the light of day more often is such a good idea. I love the day 3 skirt SOOO much.

    1. Thanks Julie I really love the day 3 skirt lots too. I found the vintage fabric (I suspect it was some old curtains from the 1960's) in the stock cupboard of one of the schools I taught at. Not one student wanted to use it because they thought it looks too old fashioned and ugly. There was just enough to squeeze this skirt out of it and I am so happy I released this fabric from its school stock cupboard doom.

  3. Yay, it is me made may again and your outfits never disappoint! :) You look great!:)