Me Made May 2016 – Round Up

Tuesday 31st May 2016… we made it. It’s the end of May and therefore, sadly, the end of Me Made May 2016.

So I managed to do it. I successfully wore a Me Made item everyday for the month of May. Here is my original pledge.

I didn’t manage to wear a different piece each day, which I always knew was unrealistic but I did pretty well. I was very impressed with how my me made wardrobe held up.

You can catch up with all my previous weekly roundups here, here and here.

 

My Favourite Me Mades

My Lisette. I love the shape, the colour, the pattern and it’s damn comfortable.

Can you tell I like my Miette? Can you tell I like that pink colour? Enough said.

This dress always gets compliments. It has elephants holding balloons – oh, and it’s pink!

I love the colour of this dress and these hidden bunny buttons are so cute!

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I also managed to sneak in my me made shoes.

So what did I learn?

I learnt that lots of my me made items are colourful and have lots of pattern. Before this I had thought about whether this is something I should change, but what, Me Made May has shown me is that these are things that make my wardrobe mine and I like that.

I learnt that I have so much more I want to sew but I didn’t do anywhere near enough sewing this May.  While I managed to wear lots of me mades, May was a super hectic month.

I’ve been taking a pattern cutting course at LCF. I’ve learnt SO much and I can’t wait to put it all into practise. I have so many plans…

I also made a custom order for a band!

The Tuts Dresses by Dominique www.dominiquemajor.wordpress.com

The Tuts are an all-girl band who have just recorded their debut album and I made 70s style pinafores for their upcoming music video.

I’ll be putting together a post when the video actually comes out but here are a sneak peek of the dresses. I’d love to do more things like this, so if you are in the market for a new dress do contact me.

All in all I didn’t even have much of chance for some selfless sewing. So my aim for June is to add more me made pieces to my wardrobe.

This was my first year taking part in Me Made May and I’m so glad I did. I’ve enjoyed seeing everyone’s Me Made May makes and enjoyed the thought I’ve had to put into my wardrobe for the month of May. So thanks to So Zo for setting up this challenge it’s been great.

How did you do this Me Made May 2016? What’s everyone’s me made plans now that May is over? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Me Made May 2016 – Week 2

Whoah! Week 2 of Me Made May has been a busy one!

My working week has felt like the longest ever and my to do list doesn’t seem to be shrinking! But I unleashed my teen fan girl self at a Busted gig at Wembley and completed day 2 of my Pattern Making course at LCF.

I’m still going strong with my Me Made May pledge of wearing at least one me made item each day. So check out what I’ve been wearing this week and find out my Me Made May thoughts at the end.

 Day 8 

A hot, hot, hot Sunday was spent at the beach wearing this hacked Simplicity 1166 skirt complete with Cath Kidston heart buttons to match my trusty bandana.

Day 9

Clearly I was feeling red early in the week because I spent Monday wearing my Tilly and the Buttons Miette skirt in a red linen, which looks lovely but creases so easily! I paired it with my favourite Cribs t-shirt.

Day 10

The warm weather didn’t stick around for too long and by Tuesday the tights were back on with Simplicity, Cynthia Rowley 1105. I love how easy this dress is to wear and despite it being covered up a cardigan all day I love this bow detailing on the back.

Day 11

So if you know me, Busted were my favourite band growing up. I mean I was obsessed! Imagine my delight when they decided to reunite 12 years after their break up. Sheer joy! Anyway I digress, for this wonderful day I wore my Tilly and the Buttons Arielle skirt in a maroon cord. When i went to work I paired it with my striped top and swapped this for black body suit for the evening. More action from my bandana and the Busted scarf I’ve kept since I was 13.

Day 12

I can’t go long without wearing colour and print, so by Thursday I was back in this Simplicity dress in this gorgeous floral fabric I bought last year in Copenhagen

Day 13

Another Copenhagen fabric, this time for my self drafted skirt. By Friday I was exhausted so I was keeping it casual with this outfit.

Day 14

This is one of my favourite dresses. It fits so well and this Liberty fabric is just perfect. It was day 2 of my Pattern Cutting course at LCF so I spent the day working with these tiny blocks, how cute!

So that’s Week 2 done. You may have noticed I wasn’t feeling having my picture taken this week, so lots of flat lays

What I have learnt?

While I know I don’t need to wear a different me made piece for the whole of May, what I’ve realised this week is that I’m nearing the end of being able to wear something different each day. I’ve also realised I’ve been slacking with sewing recently, I have a whole pile of fabric just waiting to be sewn and showcased this May. Therefore, my aim for this next week is to make myself at least one new thing. Check back next week to see if I manage to do it.

How was your second week of Me Made May 16? How is your me made wardrobe holding up? What have you learnt? Let me know in the comments below.

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Monday Motivation

Is it me or do Monday’s come around faster than any other day of the week? Hope you all had a good week and here’s to kicking this week in the ass! Need some motivation to get you through? Here you go…

READ : Fashion Revolution – White Paper (You need to read this if you want to understand the impact your clothes have.)

SEW: Tilly and the Buttons -Miette

Handmade Style | Tilly and the Buttons Miette | Dominique Major

LISTEN: Dracula Teeth – The Last Shadow Puppets

WATCH: Flaked – Netflix 

STYLIN’: Frills

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QUOTE: Nothing Holds You Back More Than Your Insecurities 

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Handmade Style – Tilly and the Buttons Miette

So let’s talk about this Tilly and the Buttons Miette skirt. Excuse my awkward posing but isn’t it beautiful? Even if I do say so myself…

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I am in love with this dusky pink linen I bought from the Brighton branch of Fabric Land! It’s the perfect colour for my ideal Capsule Wardrobe (which I am working towards but, as a hoarder, I struggle with). While the Miette is the perfect skirt!

It’s just so easy and wearable! Whether you’re a beginner who just needs something easy to sew or an experienced sewer looking for the perfect spring skirt, trust me the Miette is your pattern.

I’ve already sewn the pocket version in a red linen which is a great summer skirt. For that I shortened the length but this time I have kept it as it is. It’s almost given this Miette a midi length, perfect for those slightly warmer spring days we are constantly promised…

So enough rambling! Above I’ve styled the Miette with a pastel green polka dot blouse and my trusted Nikes. (I just love trainers!) But check out below to see two other ways I think this should be styled. See, I told you it was versatile…

All Dressed Up

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Miette skirt, Uniqlo striped top, Swedish Hasbeens, Kate Spade bag
Imagine you’ve booked a romantic trip to Paris, this is what you’d wear right? Well even if you aren’t going to Paris, the Miette paired with a striped top is great for a night out. I didn’t make my striped top *slaps hand* but you sure can and I will be looking at making more jersey tops in the near future. These Swedish Hasbeens are my favourite things, as is this spring appropriate Kate Spade bag.

Keepin’ It Casual

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Miette skirt, Topshop denim jacket, Girl Power t-shirt (Brandy Melville), Liberty Superga
For my casual look I’ve paired the Miette with a graphic tee, this one is from Brandy Melville, nothing beats Girl Power! There’s a denim jacket for when it gets cold and a trusty pair of Superga (I know, trainers again!) in this pretty Liberty fabric. Perfect badass Girl Power style!

Have you sewn a Miette? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

And if you want even more inspiration for how to style a midi Miette check out my latest Pinterest board where I’ve been adding some styles that are inspiring me.

Thanks for reading! x

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