Me Made May 2019 Takeaway

I know we’re already well into June so I’m a bit behind with this blog post. In fact, I’ve neglected my blog and Instagram a little bit over the past few weeks and there are a few reasons for this.

Firstly, I’ve been really busy with life! I’ve been busy at work so I’m really tired when I get home and don’t feel like sewing or sitting on my laptop. I’ve also been on a hen do recently which wiped me out for a few days! Secondly, I’ve not really done a lot of sewing (because I’ve been busy and tired) so haven’t got much to share. Thirdly, I recently got engaged so I’ve spent a lot of my free time researching wedding venues, creating many, many Pinterest boards and just generally turning into a Bridezilla before I’ve even set a date!

I have soooo many projects that I want to make and have patterns and fabrics ready to go, I just had the time, mental capacity or energy to make any. I hope to crack on with some new things soon.

Back to Me Made May… I pledged to wear Me Made clothes every day in May and I very nearly managed this. I probably managed around 25 out of 31 days, which I’m pleased with. One of the reasons I didn’t manage the entire month was because of the weather. It was a strange month weather-wise and I think it had nearly every weather type at some point. There were some really warm days and some really cold days. I struggled the most on the warmer days. I’ve got lots of me made jersey tops, but they’re all long sleeved or 3/4 sleeves. I’ve got lots of me made sweatshirts, polo neck jumpers and cardigans but not many summery tops or blouses. I have lots of items that are tops but very few me-made skirts, trousers or dresses. Basically, by the end of the month, I didn’t have anything me-made that was appropriate for the weather.

I wore quite a lot of my me-made items, with very few repeat wears. Here’s all the ones I photographed…


What I’ve learnt from Me Made May this year is that I need more skirts, trousers/ shorts and dresses. Also, I need more summer clothes! If I’m going to make more jersey tops then I need to make short sleeved ones!

I’ve also learnt this month that my style may be changing a little. Maybe it’s getting older or putting a bit of weight on but I’ve started loving culottes and cropped trousers and that sort of silhouette. I’ve recently bought 2 pairs of cropped trousers that I lived in during the warmer weather and a few boxy shirt type tops. Does this mean I need to sew myself a whole new wardrobe?

As usual, I have lots of plans and ideas, I just lack the time! At present, I’ve got 1 very nearly finished item and 5 that are either cut out or I’ve cut the pattern out and just need to cut the fabric out.

I’ve nearly finished my lilac blazer which is the Mimi G for Simplicity 8749 in a lilac crepe. It’s quite warm because it’s made in crepe and lined so now I’m thinking I need to find a linen type fabric to make a summery one. I’m also considering making a white crepe Nina Lee Richmond blazer to compare them! (Again, no idea when I’m going to find the time for these!)

8749 pattern

The other 5 projects ready to go are…. another Kalle Shirt. This time I want to make the tunic style one and I plan to use my Lady McElroy Panda Retreat cotton lawn fabric.


The Saraste top from Named’s Breaking the Pattern book and I’m using another Lady McElroy cotton lawn.

saraste top and fabric

The New Look 6446 cropped overalls (view C) in a black crepe.

new look 6446.PNG

French Navy’s Stellan Tee in a pink leopard print jersey. This will definitely be a short sleeved tee!

stellan tee

Papercut Pattern’s Palisade pants in the most gorgeous khaki tencel twill! It’s soooo soft and silky!

palisade pants

I think I’ve got plenty to keep me busy. I always enjoy Me Made May as it helps me identify gaps in my me-made wardrobe and gives me an excuse to buy lots more lovely fabric and patterns. Plus I get a load of inspiration from other sewists on Instagram!


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