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Me Made May 14 - Week Four Outfit Round Up

Monday, May 26, 2014
Nearly there folks! Here is my outfit round up for Week 4 of Me Made May, if you feel like following along on Instagram, I'm posting my outfits over there daily...

15th May

16th May

Wearing - 50's Pattern Floral Dress (with Monty as my reluctant fluffy accessory - he's rather unimpressed with Me Made May I think, when can we stop taking photos already?)

17th May

18th May

19th May

20th May

21st May

22nd May

23rd May

Happy last week of Me Made May everyone!



Me Made May Giveaway #4

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Competition is now closed.

Okay Me Made May-ers, here it is, the lucky last giveaway for the month!

Penny, over at Dresses & Me, is kindly sponsoring a pattern of the winner's choice from her amazing selection of patterns all by independent designers. From Sewaholic right through to Colette Patterns, Penny has the lot. Oh, and she's a fellow Kiwi, which doesn't hurt, we're a nice bunch down here :)

If I had to choose (which luckily I don't have to since I can't actually enter!) it would probably be a competition between the By Hand London Elisalex dress (I can't believe I still don't have this pattern yet!) or the Victory Patterns Hazel dress.

To sweeten the deal, I'm also going to be giving away a copy of The Afternoon Blouse pattern to the winner! Yay, two patterns, one competition!!

So, how do you enter? Simply head on over to Dresses & Me, choose a pattern* and let me know in the comments what it is.

The competition is open worldwide, anyone can enter (not just Me Made May-ers) and it closes at 12am Friday 30th May (NZ time).

Happy sewing everyone!


*Prize does not include gift vouchers, sorry.

Me Made May 14 - Week Three Outfit Round Up + Giveaway #3

Friday, May 16, 2014
I've just read Zoe's latest post (in which she shares the details for giveaway number 3 courtesy of The Polished Button!!) and at the very beginning, she just casually mentions that we're half way through May. 

Ummm, WHAT? Can it be? Surely not. Except that yes, actually, we are half way through May already. So, after my last post, have you found some holes in your wardrobe that may be filled with a lovely vintage pattern from The Polished Button? Well, best go find out how you can win one then huh? It's open to everyone too, not just Me Made May-ers.

So, the weekly round up for May continues thus...

9th May

10th May

Wearing - unblogged (but worn almost constantly ever since it was made) self-drafted wool pencil skirt.

11th May

12th May

Wearing - Self-drafted Blue Circle Skirt (ahhh, circle skirts, always coming to my rescue! Lucky I have something in mind along these lines for pattern number 3!!)

13th May

Wearing - why, it's an Afternoon Blouse of course (and pants!!)

14th May

Wearing - my Emery dress

Today, it's busy busy busy round these parts as I try my very hardest to finish pattern number 2 ready to head off to my lovely pattern testers. I'm so excited about this one!!


Making the Most of Your Handmade Wardrobe...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Now that we're well into Me Made May, some of you may already be starting to feel the need to panic sew as you try to keep up with your challenge pledge. Remember, Me Made May does not endorse panic sewing!

So, what can you do to make the most of your current me made wardrobe to see you through the rest of May?

Use it as an opportunity to find out what gaps are missing
First off, don't think that your need to panic sew is a bad thing, use it as a stepping stone to really drill down to what it is exactly that you need to fill those glaring gaps in your wardrobe. What is it that you need to panic sew? Is it skirts or basic tops? Underwear or dresses?

Once you stop to think about why you're struggling with your pledge, it will really help you focus on making things that you do need in your wardrobe.

I know I struggled with my previous me made wardrobe because I kept making fancy things that I needed an occasion to wear. Personally, I love making basics now because I know I'll wear them often and for me, the whole point of sewing garments is so I can wear them every day.

I always find it a strange thing that we aren't happy to sew basics that we know we'll wear all the time in favour of making pretty things that may get worn once (if we're lucky). So, why not change the mind set of 'making something pretty to post on my blog' into 'if I make this basic skirt, I know I'll be able to wear it everyday this week because it mixes and matches with 10 other things in my current wardrobe'.

Update, remake or finish unworn me mades
Do you have UFO's or me mades that are unwearable because you only have to hem them or re-sew on a button? Why not make some time tonight, while watching your evening movie, to do a bit of hand sewing. It's so nice when you can get all those little jobs done (that don't actually take that long to do) that then mean you can add a new item into your me made rotation

Alternatively, if you have a lot of unworn me made garments, why not figure out why you aren't wearing them (I have a helpful post here) and then do something about it. Are they ill fitting? Are they made from a crappy fabric? Does the colour not work for you? Make note of these issues so that future me mades can and will get worn.

And why not check if some of your existing unwearable me mades may be salvageable. Why not try dyeing them a different colour if that was an issue, or try re-fitting them if the fit was a little off? You never know, after a little re-jigging, they might become a me made staple.

Try out a new skill to fill wardrobe gaps
While Me Made May is all about wearing your current me made garments, why not think about other me made garments that you could add in the future?

I personally love cardigans, mostly the cropped, vintage style ones and I have a nice selection to choose from, but since I've made the pledge not to buy any new clothes this year (and I haven't had one single urge to buy anything new!) I've realised that I'll actually need to make my own cardigans.

I finished my first knitted garment early this year and have already worn it a tonne (and twice already this May, though I could have worn it almost everyday). I've now started knitting a ruby red Aiken jumper, and while I was hoping to have it done for the end of May, I think I might have to admit defeat on that one. However, why not think outside the Me Made box and try your hand at creating something a bit different that may not necessarily be a sewn garment?

It all counts and you never know, you may just find a new creative love!

Accessorise and Layer
This is probably the most obvious and perhaps the easiest thing you could do, but to mix things up a little, have you ever thought about making your own accessories? Bags, scarves and belts are all things that are easy to make and that can completely change up an outfit. I also find that my accessories probably get worn more often than most of my me mades because one great accessory can go with a multitude of different outfits.

When considering layering in your outfits, why not think outside the box a little. Try choosing a few pairs of different coloured tights that match one of your me made skirts or think about new pairings of me made/RTW garments that you haven't tried in the past. You'll be surprised at how much simple things like that can change up a go-to outfit and make it completely different.

I hope these little tips help a bit as we near the pointy end of May. But if you have any more tips to help fellow Me Made May-ers with their pledges, I'm sure we'd all love to hear them!

Until next time,


Me Made May 14 - Week Two Round Up & A New Sponsor

Saturday, May 10, 2014
A tad late to the round up par-tay today, but here it is, this week's Me Made May '14 outfit round up. If you feel like following along on Instagram, I'm posting my me mades daily over there.

3rd May

A sunny Saturday spent gardening (hence the gumboots!).

4th May

Comfy Sunday's call for comfy clothes.

5th May

A sneaky teeny tiny peak of the next pattern on my dress form. She's called Bronte and is a vintage take on the modern, comfy, staple knit tee.

6th May

Fluffy accessory courtesy of Monty-moo.

 7th May

Cold today!
Wearing - 50's dress pattern with modifications and my Navy Miette.

8th May

Cold and rainy today!

I also just wanted to give a warm welcome to my second sponsor, Penny from Dresses & Me.

Penny is the only New Zealand based purveyor of fine Independent Patterns. She has an amazing selection including By Hand London, Sewaholic and Colette Patterns to name but a few.

Being based in New Zealand myself, I'm so happy to be able to connect with other creative ladies like Penny, to share and celebrate such awesome local businesses.

If you have any questions about any of the patterns Penny stocks, flick her an email and she'll be glad to help. You can also find Penny on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.


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