Well, another Me Made May came to an end.
Phew! I must admit that it was quite a month. It was the first time participating that I took daily photos of my outfits and posted them on social media. You can find me on Instagram here.
But first, let’s have a look at my outfits during the last three days of the challenge.
RTW Shirt | Self-drafted wide leg pants | Birkenstocks
This was my outfit for school drop off.
Onyx Shirt | Emerson Shorts
Trying my basted new T-Shirt
Emerson Pants | RTW shirt | Birkenstocks
My beloved and trusted Emerson pants, for another school pick up.
And that is the end of the challenge for me.
In all honesty, it felt like a challenge. I thought that I had enough handmade articles of clothing to breeze through the month but real life proved otherwise. Additionally, last year, in my attempt to build a wardrobe fast enough I relied heavily on three patterns. But I have only half succeeded because as this challenge has proved each and every week my outfits were very VERY redundant.
Last year my original thought was that I would keep these three patterns and change up my outfits by sewing each pattern in a different fabric. That indeed made a significant difference but unfortunately, it was not enough…
This is the reason that after week three I was done choosing all handmade if possible. My mindset was to wear one handmade and everything else can be RTW. It made a world of a difference!
So, my final thoughts are these:
- I consider this challenge a success. I did manage to wear at least one article of handmade clothing every day and I sewed one each week like I pledged at the beginning. More on this later.
- Looking at photos of my outfits has made me identify which styles feel more like me and suit my lifestyle. I really can’t understand why I can’t see the same things when I look myself in the mirror. Can anyone relate?
- Having a tried and true pattern to rely on is vital to building a wardrobe but a variety of shapes is key. Fabric patterns can only do that much.
On the sewing front of this challenge, I did manage to sew a garment each week. During the month of May I sewed:
- Two t-shirts for son
- Two tank tops
- Two pairs of shorts. So you see a pattern here?! Two is my magic number!
- One blouse for me
- One skirt for me. Tutorial coming soon. It is the easiest and fastest project you can think off. And very summery.
All in all, I am very happy with my progress this last month.
Now, moving on to…
What are your plans for summer?
What’s on your sewing table these days?