Me Made May '13 final round up

Can someone tell me where May went please? It seemed like the longest month yet it flew by! This was my first time participating in Me Made May, brainchild of the brilliant Zoe. I watched it take place last year and knew that I wanted to be involved this year. Here is a reminder of my pledge:

 'I, Claire at iwanttobeaturtle, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear one home made item for five days each week for the duration of May 2013. In addition I pledge to make two new items and repair at least one.’ 

I won't show all of the items I wore but you can see my other round ups here and here. I pledged to repair at least one item. I did one and half. I replaced the zip in my grey Ginger skirt, below, and the bias trim has been removed from my green silk taffy blouse. I just need to stitch the new one on now. 

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And making two new items? Check! This is partly because it keeps me on track with my 20:20 challenge. Here they are:

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Simplicity 2451. This is made from one of my favourite fabrics but I can't quite wear it yet! I made a few alterations to the pattern and it fitted with my toile but not in the fashion fabric. Hopefully in a few weeks I will be able to fit into it. I do love this pattern and have recently bought more fabric for another version but this one will fit!

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Colette Jasmine. The photo above was taken before its final press, as you can see the fabric creases a bit! I've been waiting to make this pattern for a while. It was the perfect pattern for a "cake" top that matches several of skirts and trousers. It is a lightweight cotton with grey spots. The collar is made from one of Adam's old work shirts. I've never really worn collars before but I love this one - there may be more! 

So what did I learn from the month in general? 

Taking photos every day is REALLY hard and I ran out of steam mid way through. I have hardly any photos from the last two weeks. But taking photos allows you to see your outfits in a different way, maybe as others see them. This can be great as it means you're on the right track or not so great when a favourite outfit doesn't work as well as you thought. 

I love bright colours and I wear a lot of them although they are often paired with blue or black. I just can't bring myself to wear dark colours from head to toe! 

Wearing my me mades is much easier than I thought it would be. Most of the days I reached for them without thinking. I take this as a really good sign that I am making things I will wear. 

I need more me mades to carry out five days a week without feeling like I am wearing the same items every week. I identified gaps in my wardrobe and will be taking steps to fill them. This generally means I need some more tops that will go with a variety of coloured skirts and trousers. 

I rediscovered some of my previous me mades and realised that I should wear them more. However, I did have to say goodbye to one of my very first makes - the turquoise tie-dye dress below. As with most first mades, the quality isn't the best and it is falling apart without hope of saving it. 

The Flickr group is amazingly inspirational but also a massive time stealer! There are about 6000 photos there and I must have looked at at least three quarters of them. 

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All that being said, I'm very likely to sign up next year as by that time I'll have more me made items. And I'll be armed with experience to be a bit more organised! 

Me Made May 13 and Fancy Dress

This will be a short post today. I have finally come out the other side of craziness at work which was the lead up to two events in two days, both of which had an African them and both went really well. I did managed to keep up Me Made May but I didn't get a photos of each day.

May 15th

My first repeat item. I wore my Laurel top to work but didn't get a photo.

May 16th

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I went for my only red dress. It is Vogue 1089, made from a medium weight cotton with machine embroidered flowers in the same colour. I love the way wearing red makes me feel which is why I'm surprised I don't have anymore of it in my wardrobe.

May 17th

Again, I didn't get a photo but I wore my Reglisse. This was the day of the first event - you'll see what I got up to a little further down. 

May 18th

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Second event of the week! I volunteered for the registration desk and had to look after the VVIP (not a typo) lunch so I needed something smart. I went for my third Ginger skirt which is made from a heavy grey fabric. I'm not exactly sure what it is but it frays like nothing else I have ever bought! But the pattern on it is lovely! 

And the best part of these events? I got to dress up in Nigerian traditional dress! Before I saw the dress I was worried that they would push me fully out of my comfort zone with  hair wrapped in fabric and big bold colours that I couldn't pull off. Turns out I didn't need to worry! I have no idea whether this is actually traditional though but it was great to wear it for six hours! It also fitted reasonably well, except it was slightly small around my bust but I don't think anyone noticed. 

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Yes, it is African wax print and I have to say I am now tempted to get some! And I learnt that I can wear a collar and do frills but I'm not sure I would wear them together again...

Me Made May 13 - Week 2

Work has been a bit crazy this week and I found it rather draining but I did manage to keep up my pledge to MMM. I also had a great tonic in a weekend away and managed to pack appropriately for the challenge and reach five me made items this week. This is a slightly longer post that includes some items from last week. You'll notice that I have swapped some photos again as I don't like the ones I uploaded to Flickr! 

May 6th

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My Reglisse dress. I won't bore you with the details again but I still love it! 

May 7th

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My aubergine Ginger skirt. This one is slightly longer than the purply pink once. It is finished with two trims of pink bias. The zip went in well. It is made from medium-heavy cotton with flat felled seams. 

May 8th

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My flowery Alma. Details here

May 9th

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Green Taffy from the Colette book. I love this pattern and when I found some green silk in a shop on Goldhawk Road I knew it would be perfect! I'm reasonably happy with the fit although the neck is a little too wide. I finished it with a pink trim made from an old bed cover. I need to redo the trim as it is coming away in places. French seams throughout. 

May 10th

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McCall's 2401. Please excuse the cheesy grin - it was Friday and I was leaving work early which made me very happy! Huge thanks to everyone who made suggestions on what to do with this dress. I tried it with the belt and felt some shape come to it. I then took off 2.5 inches from the length so it hits above my knee. I feel sooooo much better in it. I need to find a better belt (this one is old and starting to fall apart) and perhaps play around with the sleeves a bit to see if I can make it even better. Either way I'm less likely to pass over it now - yay! 

May 11th

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I realised last week that I didn't have a good number of tops that match my separates. As I was browsing online fabric shops I found this Liberty Lawn from Fabrics Galore and had to buy it. Four days later I had this top. This is the Laurel with a bit of length added. I wasn't sure about the original sleeves, I thought the fabric needed something a little more delicate so I opted for the sleeves from the Alma. They turned out beautifully, if a little like wings. I completed this top on Thursday evening. Work had got to me that day and I had A LOT of almost angry energy that had to be channeled into something creative and productive. Not too bad a result I think! 

May 12th

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I travelled back to Oxford today and it was a little windy! My trusty Lady Grey kept me warm. 

Phew! That's quite a few items there. 

Me Made May '13 Round up

Before I start I wanted to say thank you for all the helpful comments on my last post. I've yet to try them out but will do soon. 

Around the blogsphere Me Made May round ups are starting to take place so I thought it was time for my first. My pledge was to wear something made by me for five days a week, to make two new items and repair at least one. I have just finished a new project but you will need to wait until the middle of the week for more on it. Before I start with my items, have you seen the Flickr group yet? SO MANY people and SO MANY amazing outfits. It is taking up a lot of my time working through the photos but I just can't help myself! 

Day 1

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I wore one of my Ginger skirts. I love this pattern, it is so comfortable and really flattering. I don't normally like high waisted skits or trousers but this one changed my mind. Although as you can see from the photo I am unlikely to show off the waistband (some kind of weird hangup about my stomach that I am working on!) I'm not sure what the fabric is, it is a mix. The pink is definitely elastic but what the purple is, I have no idea! I made it with flat felled seams. 

Day 2

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My first Alma. I generally make a toile of everything I wear because something is normally slightly off. But not so with the Alma and this has become a wearable toile and a staple in my wardrobe. The fabric is left over from a dress I made a few years ago but couldn't wear (I didn't really know what I was doing then!). The zip isn't right but it is under my arm so no one can tell! There is photographic evidence of me in this but the photo is awful so you'll have to make do with seeing it on the hanger! 

Day 3

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The theme for this Friday was water. I had the perfect plan of going to the canal near work and persuading a colleague to take a photo and then I realised I had the day off. So my Mathilde came to the rescue. Submarines and seaweed was the closest I was going to get! 

If you're taking part, how are you getting on?