Me Made May 2019 - A Round Up of Outfits & What I Learned

by - 6/06/2019

Hi pinups! Oh gosh. I think I should really lower my expectations when it comes to setting myself goals. Me Made May has always been a struggle for me. When I first took part a couple of years ago my pledge was to wear a handmade outfit on my birthday (because I had only just started sewing so didn't have a lot of options) and I should have stuck with just that! Wearing handmade on my birthday has been a pledge I've managed to keep, but I can't say the same about the rest of my over zealous pledges! I don't think I'll ever be someone who can wear something handmade everyday, and that's okay with me. A lot of it is down to my lifestyle and what I wear to work. But even though I didn't have a totally handmade month, I'm pleased with what I achieved and have some plans to put into place for a more cohesive wardrobe.

Here was my 2019 pledge:

'I, Abi, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May 2019. I endeavour to wear a handmade item of clothing (including knitwear) every day during May 2019, with hopes to identify holes in my wardrobe and wear garments that may have been pushed aside. Resulting in (hopefully) a more cohesive and easy-to-wear wardrobe!'

I found this year's challenge, well, challenging. I had fun the first week, but I was hit with my usual issues. I wear loungewear too much and I don't have a lot of handmade items in that respect. I like to be comfy while I work so I don't like to get dressed in something I don't want to crease up or get covered in threads. However, I do think I looked less scruffy as I thought more about to co ordinate my handmade knitwear with my pjs.... if that counts for anything. So here are some outfit snaps from my most worn looks of the month...

I found a large part of the struggle for me this month was the damn weather! It's been all over the place and I found it difficult to plan outfits. One minute it felt like winter, bundled up in cardigans and joggers than the next minute it was boiling hot and I was looking for anything cool and comfy! In my head May was going to be full of all the nice summery dresses I've made, but honestly it was just too cold! I certainly wasn't expecting to be in my funnel neck Coco dress!

On my birthday I wore a Simplicity 6301 wrap dress!

In regards to my goals, I definitely know the holes in my wardrobe. I need some t shirts and some plain coloured items to pair together. I've also got a tonne of warm weather clothes but not so much for colder weather (other than knitwear).

During May, I wore my Simplicity 8608 jersey jumpsuit A LOT. It comfortable, easy to get in and out of and looks cool styled in multiple ways. I could definitely do with a couple more. Other makes that I wore regularly during the month wear my Deer and Doe Mysostis dress and my Seamwork Dani leopard print pinafore dress.

Overall, this challenge always gets me thinking. I knew I set the bar too high, I must have been in an over-enthusiastic mood the day I set my pledge! From now on I think I'll stick to the birthday outfit and then anything else will be a bonus.

How did you get on with your pledge? I loved following along with people's on Instagram. I'm always so in awe of people who get dressed every day (haha!).

Thanks for reading, pinups!

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  1. I'm a new sewist so could only manage a week (and that was including my knitwear) but I've always wanted to do it, so being able to take part was fantastic. I don't know if I've learned anything from it beyond that I want to keep making my own clothes, mind.