Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Me Made May 2018 Week Three

Me-Made-May week three was a rather hectic affair after a phone call from Ofsted (UK school inspectors). On Monday I didn't leave work until after 9pm hence a rather blurry dark photo at the bus stop. Needless to say, I felt exhausted for the rest of the week but my me-made clothing game was still strong!

Day 14
Top: Old Navy hot-dog print shirt (from the boy's section)
Skirt: Simplicity 2154 Fabric: poly-cotton twill, Samuel Taylors. Made: 2013.
Jacket: Levis denim 
Necklace: Tatty Devine hot dog
Watch: Red G Shock 
Trainers: Nike

Five years later and my red Simplicity 2154 pencil skirt is working hard. It is an easy skirt to make and has a spilt at the back to make it very comfy too. Welcome to my slightly deranged face after working for 16 hours straight in preparation for the Ofsted visit.

Day 15
Top: Simplicity 1634 Fabric: Liberty Tana Lawn. Made: 2015
Trousers: Gap 
Necklace: Tatty Devine me-designed 'Untitled'
Watch: Black G Shock
Shoes: Paul Smith blue suede Miller brogues

The Simplicity 1634 pattern has a vintage vibe with the slash neckline and 3/4 length sleeves and I think it works really well with the colouring of the Liberty Tana Lawn print. The facings have a tendency to flip about so I have sewn some very tiny stitches at the shoulder seams to hold it in position.

Top: Merchant and Mills Camber Set Top. Fabric: John Lewis Viscose. Made: 2016 
Trousers: Gap
Watch: Black G Shock
Necklace: Tatty Devine sewing machine A/W 2017
Socks: Gap
Shoes: Paul Smith red Miller brogues

I wore pretty much the exact same outfit last May. On the left, we have 2018 and on the right 2017. The viscose top has slightly shrunk and my trusty Gap chinos have faded a little, but if it ain't broke.....

Day 17
Top: Sew Over It Ultimate shirt. Fabric: Liberty Plastic Fantastic. Made: 2015
Trousers: Gap
Watch: Black G Shock
Necklace: Tatty Devine stars A/W 2017
Shoes: Paul Smith purple Miller brogues

This was the first shirt I ever made and it is still going strong. I really should make another version in a plain viscose or cotton because the fit is good and it has classic styling.

Day 18
Top: Tilly and the Buttons hacked Bettine top. Fabric: Gingham, Samuel Taylors. Hacked: 2017  
Skirt: Sew Over It Tulip Skirt. Made: 2014
Necklace: Tatty Devine scissors
Watch: Black G Shock
Trainers: Nike

My tiredness and general mental state at the end of the week can be summed up by the twisted skirt and fixed grin in this photo. As a post-Ofsted treat, I called into Ray Stitch in Islington to pick up a zip and some bias binding for a work in progress item which I will hopefully be blogging about soon! The blue Sew Over It Tulip skirt gets lots of wear and my hacked Bettine top is also much more wearable since chopping it into a top.

Day 19 & Day 20
The weekend was spent doing some DIY, hence the fetching attire above. The t-shirts are about 15 years old and are now customised with a variety of household paints. As for the green trousers, I inherited them from my Dad. They used to be his gardening pants and they fit me amazingly well. I keep thinking I should trace the pattern. They are a high-waisted original 1970's trousers with deep pockets and a pin-tucked crease down the front. They would make the perfect work trousers in a smart suiting fabric. 

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  1. Well you are still smiling after it! You wear that camber set so well. Enjoy the rest of May. Jo xx

  2. Sounds like an exhausting week, however, you still managed to look great :) At least your outfit choices did not suffer, he he! Thank you for the round up,I enjoyed reading it :)

  3. I think, it's great that you still kept up with the challenge, I hope Ofsted went ok. We have it looming, we are due. Great outfits. x

  4. Ofsted and Me Made May, you've had your hands full! Well done for managing a smile at the end of that!
    I love that black and white check top, it's perfect . The other things are lovely too of course but that's my favourite for this week!