Thursday, 7 June 2012

MMM '12: A Roundup

So MMM '12 finished last week but I thought I'd share a round-up of the month since this was my first time participating.

All in all I think the month went quite well - I managed to keep to my pledge of wearing at least one me made item every day and didn't completely repeat a single outfit, although some were remarkably similar. My excuse is that I still don't actually have that many me made items!

I managed to wear every item I've made at least once which was good, and finished two new items to wear during the month as well. Like many other people, I've found that taking part in MMM has taught me a variety of things:
  • I am desperately short of me made tops - although I happily wear dresses and skirts during the week and often at weekends, I quickly came to the realisation that when I was hanging around the house at weekends trying to get messy chores done, I really didn't have many appropriate things to wear with a pair of jeans.
  • Many people have recently been talking about their sewing being 'too much frosting, not enough cake'. With the exception of my Ceylon dress and a lack of more casual tops, it was good to see that my other makes easily translated into more casual outfits - so, so far I seem to be doing well on the cake front!
  • Having to wear a limited number of items for 31 days meant that I started to think about how I could pair items with each other in combinations I wouldn't previously have thought about.
  • Although by the end of the month I was pretty fed up of having to take a photo of myself every day (I'm not a big fan of having my picture taken at the best of times), I think the process has generally helped me become a little bit more comfortable in front of the camera lens.
  • I have absolutely no me made trousers / shorts, which I think is a significant gap in my wardrobe, especially given point 2 above.
So, what next? Well for starters I definitely need to fix the gaps in my wardrobe. And I'm already working on it - I've got the Sewaholic Renfrew pattern and some Jersey in my stash ready to go and have just made my first Grainline Scout Tee after seeing lovely versions here and here. I've also got the muslin prices cut out for my 1950s Simplicity top mentioned here.

As for the trousers, well I've just purchased this pattern:

And I think maybe the Colette Clovers will go on the birthday list come the Autumn, so when I finally pluck up the courage to start either pattern I'll let you know!

Plus, as an added bonus, I got to find some great new blogs through the flicker site! So here's to another me made month next year - maybe I'll even have some me made trousers to wear next time round...

Friday, 1 June 2012

Me Made May '12: Days 28 - 31

So, the last MMM '12 outfit post is finally here. It's been a really interesting month, but I can't say I'm going to miss having to get photos of myself everyday! I'm planning a round-up post for MMM '12 at the end of the week, so for now, here are my final outfits...

28th May

What I wore: I didn't quite get round to actually taking a picture of me in this outfit, so I'm afraid it had to be mocked up again on the bed! But I wore my red Meringue skirt.

What I did: It's monday, so back to work again!

29th May

What I wore: Ginger skirt.

What I did: Work again and then I worked on my pincushion for the pincushion swap.

30th May

What I wore: Ginger skirt again with my self-drafted vest top - I changed into Jeans later.

What I did: Work then off the the theatre to see Avenue Q in the evening (V. funny).

31st May

What I wore: Grey flowered Pendrell top.

What I did: Work again then finished off my pincushion for the pincushion swap.