Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Me-Made-May 2018 Final Conclusion

In the final few days of May, I had repeats wears of my DIY clothes on days 28 and 29 because of ongoing house renovations. When I escaped the house later in the week I wore the following:


Day 30
Top: Grainline Scout Tee. Fabric: 100% cotton. Made: 2014
Trousers: A&F
Brooch: Tatty Devine anchor
Watch: G Shock
Trainers: Nike

A throwback to 2014 with one of my original Scout Tee's that is making it's way to the charity shop. The reason? It is a little too tight around the armscye and the shop-bought scratchy and stiff bias-binding I used for the neckline never softened up.  


Day 31
Jumpsuit: New Look 6446. Fabric: H&M tablecloth. Made: 2018
Necklace: Tatty Devine Oranges (2016 sample sale)
Trainers: Vans

It is early days in terms of how much wear this jumpsuit will get but I had a lot of fun wearing it last Thursday.


The final collage of all the me-made-makes for 2018.
The most worn, but not photographed item of clothing is my Gather Buchanan dressing gown which I wear every morning and evening.

This year my pledge was to wear ALL my me-made clothing and figure out why some items get worn more than others. Quite a lot of clothes didn't get worn because it was seasonally inappropriate but overall I seem to be making a reasonably co-ordinated wardrobe.





Insights

Due to my lack of an Instagram account, I have not really had the same experience as previous years where you get a wonderful community feeling from lots of participants in MMM.
What I have enjoyed is having a smaller and more insightful journey with the blogging sewing community and the lovely bloggers below;

Kat (Froebelina)
Zoe (So Zo) the mastermind of MMM
Tilly (T&tB)
Gabby (Gabberdashery)
and some new discoveries like Lisa's Carolina

I have more me-made clothes than I realised and didn't get to wear them all in one month which I'm not sure is good or bad?

Observations
  • I have a lot of Grainline Scout tees, Camber Set-tops and a few colourful shirts
  • Lots of skirts; mainly pencil skirts like the Charlotte skirt or Simplicity 2154 and the Dolores Pocket skirt
  • Quite a few dresses in different patterns such as the Emery Dress, Camber Set Dress or Alex Shirt Dress
  • One jumpsuit! New Look 6446 
  • I LOVE pattern and print; I am not surprised as I studied Textile Design at Art College
  • I like black and white tops as they are so versatile
  • I am also happy with the colour, textures and better quality fabric choices
Areas for Improvement
  • Sew more neutral or solid coloured garments. I only wore four me-made items that didn't have a print (Olive Grainline sweater, blue SOI Tulip skirt, grey Marilla Walker Ilsley skirt and a red Simplicity 2154)
  • I say this EVERY year. MAKE ANOTHER PAIR OF TROUSERS. I am in the middle of tweaking the SOI Cigarette Pants pattern in a navy crepe so I will keep you posted!
  • Keep tweaking the fit of my repeat makes. I have passed on a few of my first Grainline Scout tees to the charity shop as they don't fit well enough for my liking any more

 A big thank you to Zoe for organising this fantastic event and I look forward to taking part again next year with the following things achieved.......

Caroline's Challenge for MMM 2019

  • Focus on some non-printed pieces in solid colours
  • Make another pair of trousers
  • Sew another Gather Buchanan dressing gown
  • How about some lounge-wear (jogging pants for around the house and secret PJ's)
  • Make some Liberty print PJ's
  • Use more of my stash fabric

7 comments:

  1. You have a fabulous collection, it is great that you know your likes and dislikes. I have been wearing my me makes but didn't actively take part in the challenge, something for next year perhaps.

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    1. Thanks so much. I look forward to reading about your MMM adventures next year.

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  2. A great selection of clothes. I have gone the opposite way to you and did my MMM on IG, although I didn't sign up officially. I have worked out that I ned to make more trousers - jeans in particular, and cardis for summer!

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    1. Cheers Tamsin - I noticed you hadn't blogged about MMM this year. I think loads of people have abandoned their blogs for IG as its so much quicker and more instant! Great that you are still taking part.

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  3. Awww thank you Caroline for mentioning me! :) I really enjoyed you mmm posts!
    I'm thinking if organising a link up or something for next year's MMM, because I missed the community too!
    Your wardrobe is lovely and so unique!

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    1. Hi Kat - organising a link party would be a great way to create a more community feel for those of us who are only blogging and not IG-ing!

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  4. When I did MMM two years ago I vowed to make more solids and it has paid off in terms of what I can wear with other items. I love seeing all your clothes on the rail - you should be very proud of yourself. Jo x

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