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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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?

Handmade Style – Floral Dresses

My name is Dominique and I love floral dresses!

Ok, this isn’t anything new but I can’t help myself. I see colour, I see print of the floral kind and I have to have it. It’s therefore no surprise that the majority of my handmade wardrobe is made up of this.

So this is a post in honour of my love for floral dresses.

I’ve picked my top 5 dresses.

 

Simplicity 1157 (Project Runway inspired) made in a green floral fabric that I bought in Stof 2000, Copenhagen, a fab fabric store that was perfectly positioned right next to my hotel.

The back of this dress (not shown) is open and I decided to add bunny buttons at the back. Very spring appropriate.

 

Simplicity 1105 (Cynthia Rowley) made in a John Lewis sale bargain fabric. With its flowy shape this  dress is great for hot summer days. I wore this when I went to Palm Springs and it was perfect. I did have to take it in a little bit because the trapezium shape was even a bit too much for me.

New Look 6223 with adapted neckline. (I think?!)  This is one of my favourites. The fabric is bold (John Lewis sale bargain) but it is so easy to wear. I love the hidden bees that are dotted around.

Tilly and the Buttons-Lilou made in, you guessed it, another John Lewis sale bargain. Again, another great dress to throw on and let the fabric do the talking. This Lilou has a gathered waist and a looser shape which is great when the weather is warmer and you don’t want to deal with fabric sticking to you.

Simplicty 1419 Lisette (I believe this has been discontinued though…)  Yes, another John Lewis fabric! I’m a teacher, I get John Lewis gift cards and I spend them on fabric.  I love how bold this fabric is, and the dress has pockets so it’s super practical.

That’s it, my favourite floral dresses.

Do you love florals? Share some of your favourite floral makes with me, I’d love to see them!

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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 

Monday Moitvation| Motivational quotes | Dominique Major

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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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