Time flies, so while there are more thoughts to be had, lessons to be drawn and whatnot, here’s my subjective and not necessarily all that insightful look back on Me-Made May.
- First up, a pick of my favorites:
There’s no real order of preference to be found here. I put them in chronological order to reflect the fact that my clothing choices are completely dependent on the weather. I’m not one of those people who can laugh in the face of the cold and the heat in an outfit they’re hell-bent on wearing.
That’s why the beginning of the month was all about pants and tees. So why are just two of my me-made tops on the favorites list? Because of the pants. They distract me from the perfectly enjoyable tees. I really want to tackle making my own pants but I need a pep talk. I’ve cut two patterns (B6183 and NL6231) and so far we’re in a staring contest.
2. The unseen favorites
The blog is really making me feel shy about what I actually consider a perfectly normal part of life and wardrobe: undies and broadly defined intimates. What can I say, writing about them can feel too private. But let me break my awkward prudish silence for a moment for what was, hands down, the most worn garment of Me-Made May:
I love this robe. It makes me feel happy and stylish even when I’m otherwise feeling crappy.
The other unseen winner is also a Seamwork pattern: the Geneva undies. As much as I hate sewing in elastic, I will make more of those because they are just great. If you’re not sure whether me-made undies are a good idea, I encourage you to give that pattern a shot and find out. I’m a convert. Another pattern I might try is Zoe’s.
3. Thoughts on the challenge
I will come back to Me-Made May in later posts. Documenting what I wore each day, though tedious at times, did give me a lot of ideas for planning my sewing, as well as a better sense of silhouettes and pairings I tend to go for. Not to get too exhaustive, though, here are some things that have jumped out at me instantly:
- as I already mentioned: my total dependence on the weather and the season. Now that it’s hot, I’m all about dresses. I don’t care whether that registers as “overdressed” to onlookers, I guess I’m more non-conformist when I’m melting;
- I’ll say it again, I really feel the need to tackle pants-making, especially pants for colder weather
- I’m more likely to reach for a rayon top than one sewn in cotton; whether it’s a solid or a print seems secondary
- needless to say, Colette and Seamwork patterns dominate my wardrobe. Not a bad thing, given the back fitting problems with that McCall’s dress. In fact, I should study those successful patterns a bit more closely to figure out why and how they work for me. Easier said than done. Things that don’t work jump out at you immediately (I can’t move my arms in this dress!) — it’s tricky to map things that do
- wearing me-made clothes every day wasn’t that difficult. But that’s actually more a testament to how old and worn most of my RTW clothes are at this point than a testament to my sewing skills. I have a lot — A LOT — to learn about fitting and sewing. I try to be precise and patient, so sewing has been great for working on those traits as much as on garments
4. May sewing
In my pledge, I bound myself to making at least three garments for myself. I almost didn’t meet that goal. And that’s okay. My mad dash to finish the Anna dress was a bit too mad, to be honest. Next year I might rethink sewing goals.
What I made for myself (successfully, ekhm):
5. Lucky me: I won a giveaway, and what it means for my sewing plans
It was a really awful day, and then an email from Zoe appeared in my inbox and I did a little happy dance. This is my first time winning a sewing-related giveaway. I don’t want to boast — it’s luck and random number generator after all, isn’t it — but I’d like to share with you the four patterns I won, because they’re lovely and you might want to sew them, too:
While batwing isn’t the shape I usually go for, I think I’d like to give that pattern a shot. It would also be great to make a bag, finally!
Two patterns from Jennifer Lauren Handmade:
I really want to make all four patterns, but when?… The sewing list needs to be shredded, and then compiled again.
OK, I’m done rambling and I’d love to hear from you (um, not necessarily about anything I posted here, I’m curious about your Me-Made May or what’s new on your sewing table).