5 things I've learnt from Me Made May

Me Made May is over for another year and obviously I fell off the wagon. I pledged to wear an item of me made clothing once a day for the entire month.

It started off well and I documented most of it on my Instagram stories. However, the weather turned to glorious sunshine for most of the month and I struggled to find comfortable summer clothing in my handmade wardrobe.

All in all, I learnt some good things about myself, my wardrobe, and what the future of me made should bring...

1. Trousers are great.

I'm normally a dress/skirt person, particularly in winter when I can layer up with thick tights and boots. As the weather became warmer I found that I wasn't comfortable in dresses or skirts - it was too cold for bare legs but too warm for tights!

I made this polka dot viscose New Look 6446 jumpsuit about halfway through the month and it was perfect for hot days and cool evenings. 

I also made a pair of Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers (photos and pattern review to come soon) which have proven to be a god send in the British summer. It's too breezy by the beach to wear floaty dresses, but trousers can be layered up or down depending on temperature.

2. My wardrobe lacks fancy tops

I don't want to be a hypocrite. I have previously spoken about fast fashion and staying conscious of how much clothing I make without wearing it more than once. However, I have found gaps in my wardrobe.

My wardrobe is full of nice skirts and dungaree dresses which are great, but I only have basic RTW tops to wear with them. I feel like I don't have any nice summer fancy tops. There are some collared blouses such as my Melilot, but they're probably too constricted for summer. So, I pledge to find some lovely patterns for pretty summery tops to complete my wardrobe.

3. My body is changing

Something I've noticed recently is that my body is changing. I'm fluctuating in sizes and my body is the biggest its ever been. I've certainly gone up a dress size and that's OK. The only thing that isn't OK is that it feels like my clothes don't quite fit any more. 

4. My taste is changing

With Me Made May, I felt that I didn't really like a lot of my clothes any more. As Caitlin Moran says, "When a woman says, ‘I have nothing to wear!’, what she really means is, ‘There’s nothing here for who I’m supposed to be today."

I definitely related to that this May. Forcing myself to wear me made items every day was fine, I just didn't feel my current wardrobe related to who I am at the moment. 

5. My skills are evolving!

I definitely don't need any new clothes. But... 

My sewing skills are getting better. I'm creating garments that fit perfectly, that are sewn perfectly, and that are teaching me new techniques. I've had a productive few months making new styles of clothing too - my jumpsuit and trousers for example.

What's better than a hobby that teaches you new skills and gives you fun things to wear at the same time?

Thanks to Me Made May I've come out the other side with lots of new ideas about what to sew and an objective look at my wardrobe and how it represents me in 2018. 

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