Sorry Monty, you're either in or out for photo-taking time - no changing your mind half way through...
When I participated in Me Made May for the first time last year, it really gave me a sense of what I was missing in my handmade wardrobe and really made me analyse why I wasn't wearing a number of my then current hand-mades.
This year though, there are two things I've noticed from participating in Me Made May...
1. I seem to have an unconscious draw to the colour combination of red and blue. I love blue and I already know I wear a lot of it, but I really didn't realise that I wore so much red! I've always had this thought in the back of my head that red-heads couldn't wear red, but I seem to be bucking my own subconscious ideas on that one!
2. I'm a serial outfit repeater. If I find a combination that works - it's my style, it's comfortable, makes me feel good - then I tend to stick to it and probably wear it at least once a week. But that doesn't make for very interesting daily outfit photos now does it?
I found Me Made May this year to be slightly more challenging than last year for the second reason. As I've gotten older (I turned 29 on the 28th May) and a little wiser (I hope!), I've realised that I can't really be bothered wearing things that aren't comfortable any more. This leans back toward my post earlier in the year on why we don't wear our hand-mades, and it's probably even more true for me now than it was then.
I've also realised that I don't have enough of those garments that make up my favourite outfits to keep them fresh and interesting. There are only so many ways to wear a red or blue circle skirt. However, this is where I'm pretty darn sure my second pattern (to be released this Friday!) is going to help. It took all of my will not to throw my samples on in the morning during May. However, due to the fact that I was sans photographer on the very last day of May, meant I could finally wear one and not give it away (you get a photo of my ever favourite blue circle skirt and my feet instead!).
Wearing - Lightening Stripes Belladone Dress
Wearing - unblogged self-drafted wool pencil skirt
26th May - Snow Day!
That morning we woke up to snow... Wearing - 40's Travel Vogue number 1
What I actually looked like.
Wearing - Self-drafted Red Circle Skirt
28th May - Birthday Day!
Wearing - as yet unblogged Anna-Emery dress (Anemery?) and my birthday present from David, a pair of Swedish Hasbeens.
Wearing - Self-drafted Black Circle Skirt
Wearing - Apples in Winter Dress
Wearing - Self-drafted Blue Circle Skirt and pattern number 2, The Bronte Top (due out on Friday!)
So, did you learn anything interesting from your Me Made May experiment this year?
I also just wanted to say a huge thank you to Zoe for organising it again this year (and for letting me help a little), to all our sponsors who generously donated some amazing prizes (Sew Box, Indie Stitches, The Polished Button and Dresses & Me) and to all my fellow Me Made May-ers! I've loved seeing all of your me mades on the Flickr and Pinterest groups and popping up in my Instagram feed. I've been so inspired by everyone who took part - you guys have some seriously mad skillz and you should be so proud that you get to wear amazing garments everyday that you've made. #endgushing
Until next year...