In a very casual way I’ve been taking part in Me Made May, an online challenge to wear hand made clothes during May. As I wear something hand made most days now that’s not too much of a challenge so I thought it would be useful to pay attention to which ‘me made’ clothes I do wear and which I don’t so much.
When I first starting making more clothes a few years ago I was very inspired by the colourful printed dresses I saw online and made by other seamstresses. Perfect for sunny days out and having a lovely time! However I’ve realised that although it’s good to have a few dresses like that in my wardrobe I’m more likely to reach for t-shirts, tops and skirts or jeans, and during winter (which felt like forever this year) warm jumpers and cardigans. So instead of being seduced by pretty prints to make into dresses I’ve paid more attention to making more simple tops, fun tshirts and warm clothing, which are more practical but still make me feel like my outfit is unique.
So here’s a few of the pieces I’ve been wearing during May, as its nearly the end of the month!
A self drafted skirt made from Ponte de Roma. I made this skirt to replace the black circle skirt I made last year. It was made from cheap fabric which has pulled and bobbled and worn very badly. I did wear it a lot though, so I think I got my money’s worth! The new skirt has an elasticated waist and is super comfy and swishy.
I made a tshirt from this lovely swan print jersey from Stoff Stil. Despite measuring several times its come up a bit big. I don’t mind that too much but the neck gapes slightly, which is annoying. Oh well!
I made this Bettine Dress (the 6th one now!) a few months ago but have only got round to wearing it recently now the weather is warmer. It’s made from a medium weight peachskin, from Guthrie and Ghani. I made the skirt long enough to wear without leggings when the weather is even warmer. And a thank you to my four year old who took this photo (do a pose Mummy!!)
This top is a Butterick 6175. I love the shape of the sleeves! The top is size 12 at the shoulder and 10 at the waist but I’m going to make a 14 at the waist next time as the waist is a bit too tight and rides up which irritates me. It’s made from some viscose I’ve had hanging about for ages. The pattern suggests the neck opening to be fastened with a hook and eye but I took this out as it just didn’t lie properly. I put a concealed zip in and now all is well.
I also made the necklace from some wooden beads I bought a while ago. They are painted with acrylic paint and I added some details with a Sharpie marker in gold. I used a crochet chain made from DMC thread and a 1.75mm crochet hook. I’ve seen loads of similar necklaces online and am really happy with how my version has turned out. I might make matching earrings!