So May is over and that means my first Me Made May has come to a close. I originally pledged to wear 3 handmade items a week, which seemed to be a realistic goal.
However, May came along and London decided to turn into a burning sauna. The flat was hot, the office was stifling and the tubes were sweaty pits of hell. Now, this would have all been fine if I had some handmade summer clothes but alas, I only started sewing in October so I only had winter clothing.
Two days in to MMM I decided the traditional memade pledge of wearing handmade items every day just wasn’t going to work. Instead I decided to look at which RTW items I repeatedly turn to in my wardrobe and find patterns that are similar so I can make some handmade clothes that I’ll actually wear. So here are my top three:
The Red Tea Dress
I’ve had this dress for 5 years now and I have worn it every summer as it is so gosh darned comfortable. It’s a good length, has sleeves so my shoulders don’t burn, has shirring round the ribcage so it is good for eating, and it is red which is one of my favourite colours.
There are two patterns I think I could use to get this look; the Amelie tea dress from Simple Sew and the Eve dress from Sew Over It. Both have the floaty feel and v-neck I love and the Eve flutter sleeves are perfect for days when you need some shoulder coverage.
The Stripy T-Shirt
A Breton striped tee is an essential for ever wardrobe. But why stop at one?
I’m finding this a bit harder to decide on a pattern for my first foray into sewing jersey. The Scout Tee from Grainline Studio is an option for woven fabrics, as is the Ana top from Rosy Pena Patterns. What is your favourite t-shirt pattern?
The (also) Stripy Culottes
Turns out I have a bit of a penchant for stripes. I’ve been living in these culottes both in work out out of it. They are so much more comfortable than jeans yet it looks like you’ve made a bit of an effort. Secret pyjamas for life!
I have the Sew Over It Ultimate Culottes cut out in a black and white dotted crepe and am so looking forward to wearing these. I’m also planning a red pair and a mustard pair.
I hoped you liked my unconventional Me Made May round up. I’ve found going through my RTW items really useful to focus my sewing. If all goes to plan, maybe I’ll manage to do a proper Me Made May next year!