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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A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing – The Language

If you’ve been following my guide so far, you should have your kit sorted and you’ve chosen a pattern. Now you’ve opened your pattern and you’re worried you’ve bought it in a different language… what does it all mean?

So the next part of my guide is to help get you speaking the sewing lingo and ready to apply for the next season of the Great British Sewing Bee!

The following things are what you would normally find on your pattern pieces and what you need to do with them.

Notches

A Beginner's Guide to Sewing The Language Notches

You’ll find notches on the edges of most pattern pieces and they are often triangular shaped. These are used to help match up pattern pieces accurately. For example match a notch on the side of your front bodice to the side of the your back bodice and all your side seams should match up! Ta da!

On the fold

A Beginner's Guide to Sewing The Language on the fold

When your pattern asks you to cut on the fold, it means place this edge on the folded edge of your fabric. When you cut it this will be one piece that you can open up. Often used for front pattern pieces as they wont have a seam running down the front.

Cut 2

This means once you are all cut out, you should have two of these pieces. If you’ve folded your fabric you should have two but, unlike when cutting on the fold, these will be separate pieces.

Seam allowance

This how much allowance has been added to the pattern to allow you to sew without compromising the size. Most patterns give you 1.5cm or 5/8inch but do check.

Grainline (arrow)

A Beginner's Guide to Sewing The Language grainline

This showing you where to place your pattern piece on the fabric. This line should run along the grain of the woven fabric you have. This is important as it can change how the final garment fits or hangs.

Darts

A Beginner's Guide to Sewing The Language darts

These are used to give your final piece shape. Your pattern, when on paper is flat, your body is not. When these darts are sewn into your fabric you can see how it creates a shape that fits with the human body. The fabric in this area is usually pinched together to create the shape. Usually found around the waist or bust the help remove the extra fabric. Clever little things.

So that’s it from me this week. Hopefully this helps you understand your pattern a little better.

Is there any sewing language I’ve missed? What would you like to see next?

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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.

Keep up to date with my Me Made May pictures over on my social media.

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Me Made May 2016 – Week 1

Boom! Week 1 of Me Made May is done. Here’s a roundup of my first week of this challenge.

Day 1

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I braved the cold and rain in Cornwall with my Lisette dress in this bright John Lewis fabric.

Day 2

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Make My Lemonade Paloma dungaree dress in this boat corduroy from Copenhagen. Perfect outfit for that beach life come down and a 8hr car journey back home.

Day 3

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Fighting post-Bank Holiday back to work blues in my Colette Patterns Hawthorn dress.

Day 4

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On Wednesday I wear pink and this time it was this Simplicity (unknown pattern) elephant dress.

Day 5

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Fighting for all things Girl Power on Election Day in my Tilly and the Buttons Miette skirt with this brilliant pink linen fabric from Fabric Land.

Day 6

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More Tilly and the Buttons, but this time it was all bright in my Love at First Stitch Lilou dress.

Day 7

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Back to school in another unknown Simplicity pattern dress in this fab sunflower fabric.

What have I learnt?

So from this first week, I’ve learnt that the majority of my handmade wardrobe is full of brightly coloured and patterned summer dresses. I’ve wanted to wear more skirts but apart from my Miette I don’t really have any appropriate for bare legs in this warmer weather. Also, I would like to make more tops because none of my Me Made skirts have anything to be paired with. Perhaps some jersey basic tops would be a good addition, something like the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes or even the Nettie bodysuit.

So I’ve managed to keep up with my daily photography and hope to do the same throughout the month of May.

However May is shaping up to be a super busy month. I’ve just started a pattern cutting course at LCF and my to-do lists just seems to be growing and growing. I can’t complain too much though, I’m working on some super exciting things. It’s just a shame I don’t have any time for some selfish sewing at the moment.

How was your first week of Me Made May? What have you learnt so far and what’s now on sewing list?

Welcome to Me-Made-May ’16!

Can anyone else believe that it’s already May and we are 5 months into 2016? It’s crazy… But this May looks set to be an exciting month for many reasons, one being it’s time for Me-Made-May ‘16!

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I’m excited because this is the first time I’m taking part. I followed the hashtag (#mmmay16) last year but this is the first time I have felt that my handmade wardrobe is ready for such a challenge.

So there might be some of you asking what is Me-Made-May?

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Me-Made-May is a challenge set up by So Zo to encourage people to wear more items in their handmade wardrobe. Whether they’ve sewn it, knitted it or upcycled it, it’s about showing your handmade pieces the love they deserve. She’s been running the challenge for 6 years and the nice thing about it, is that it isn’t meant to be a competition to see who has the most handmade pieces. Instead it’s a month to allow you to understand and value your handmade wardrobe. Call it a celebration of all your hard work! 

After my piece on the Fashion Revolution I feel this is a great challenge to help me to further understand the clothes I wear.

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So Zo stresses that this isn’t a competition, so there isn’t any need for everyone to go out and panic sew. I think this is important to note because as she says this is a time for you to love your wardrobe not make things unnecessarily.

How will I be taking part?

First of all my pledge:

I Dominique of www.dominiquemajor.wordpress.com Instagram @dominique.major sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade item each day for the duration of May 2016 whilst sharing the message of handmade clothing and helping others to value their wardrobes.

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As So Zo highlights on her blog this challenge isn’t just about taking pictures of your clothing but its nice to see what everyone is wearing. What I plan to do create a post documenting my Me-Made-May week. Each post will be up at the weekend with a round up of my week’s handmade outfits alongside a reflection of my week. While I will try some to get pictures of me wearing my outfits each day, I’m not the biggest fan of taking photos of myself so it might be a mix. We shall see. 

What I hope Me-Made-May will allow me to do is see which handmade items are staples in my wardrobe, which ones don’t add anything to my wardrobe and what I need to add to my handmade wardrobe to fully integrate it into my daily life.

I’m normally really bad at doing daily things so fingers crossed I am able to document it so you can catch up on my progress.

Are any of you taking part in Me-Made-May ’16? What was your pledge? What are you looking forward to or are you anxious about something? Let me know in the comments below.

Keep up to date with #MMMay16

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