Thursday, 16 June 2011

Me-Made-June... Days 11, 12, 13 and 14

This is the point during Me-Made-June when you start seeing the usual suspects popping up again and again. I'll try to style them differently to make it more interesting...


Day 11

What's Me-Made in today's outfit?

Where was it worn?
Around the house, doing some sewing and paperwork, then out to a birthday bash in the evening.

How often is it usually worn and why?
Fairly often. On Day 6, in fact!


Day 12

What's Me-Made it today's outfit?
Self-drafted t-shirt
Button necklace (buttons threaded onto ribbon - that counts as homemade!)

Where was it worn?
Around the house and on a dash to the shops to see if they had anything I could use as piping on the dress I'm making.

How often is it usually worn and why?
A lot, considering it's new. Like Day 3!


Day 13

What's Me-Made in today's outfit?
Jenny Skirt

Where was it worn?
To my first day back at work after my sabbatical, followed by a working dinner for a project I'm doing.

How often is it usually worn and why?
Not very often. The aubergine gabardine is a little conservative for my taste, although it looked less boring with a belt. I made the mint lining a tiny bit too long so it keeps peeking out when I'm sitting down - oops! Oh well, I should consider it a feature.

Will it be worn more often in future?
Yes, it probably will now. I quite like it with this top.


Day 14

What's Me-Made in today's outfit?
My First Dress

Where was it worn?
To work. And in the evening I gave a speech about rediscovering my creative side... and making this dress!

How often is it usually worn and why?
As the first garment I made, this dress holds a special place in my heart. I really like the fabric and the simplicity of the shape, and it attracts a lot of compliments every time I wear it. But I don't wear it as often as I could and should.

Will it be worn more often from now on?
Yes, I promise.

How is everyone else finding Me-Made-June? If you're joining in, are you struggling with the mid-month lull or still feeling motivated to rock your self-made frocks? If you're following along, are you inspired to make more of your own clothes? I'd love to know!

22 comments:

  1. Hi Tilly,Every time I see your posts I wish I'd joined in. Seems like so much fun. I didn't really have enough in my wardrobe to make it work but as I'm sewing a lot right now I should be ready for the next me made month which I'm really looking forward too. I like the dress you made best.it really suits you. You should definitly wear it all the time. It looks like it would be quite versatile as well,you could probably style it in many different ways. Your red beignet is gorgeous too. I love red!

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  2. I love that dress its fab, I'm finding MMJ easier than I anticipated, I was panicking in May trying to sew up lots more stuff but in reality I didn't need to. Its helped me to recognise the gaps in my wardrobe so I can fill them, and made me enjoy wearing my own clothing that represents me!
    x

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  3. Hi Tilly, great outfits!

    I'm definitely inspired to knock out some more garments. I'm desperate to be able to join in the next one! It's also making me think more about my pattern and fabric choices, like the fact that I absolutely have to start making some garments in plain fabric. Good stuff.

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  4. I love the way you style your outfits Tilly. MMJ has been quite an experience so far. So far its made me realise how liberating it is to be able to sew your own clothes, and not be at the mercy of the whims of the high street.

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  5. Miss W - I've got a bit stuck into wearing this dress with either a yellow swan brooch or this bead necklace. If you've got some ideas for styling it differently, I'd love to hear - I could do with some inspiration!

    Stevie and Kirsty - I'm feeling the same about wardrobe gaps and pattern choices. Weekends = the same stripey t-shirt over and over!

    Dibs - that's wonderful, really inspiring to hear.

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  6. I just love your first dress, and definitely think you should wear it more! You can always style it with little scarves, perhaps. Your blog always makes me want to sew my own clothes, and I certainly will when I'm based somewhere. Looks like a much more productive use of time than being on the internet.

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  7. I love the dress! where did you get the pattern from? did you draft it yourself? please let me know.

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  8. I love all your outfits. You should wear the aubergine skirt more often. It looks really good teamed with that top.

    I have to say that I have only recently come back to making my own clothing and I can't justify making too much as I already have a 'very large' RTW wardrobe, however, this challenge has certainly made me more productive and inspired to create my own clothes instead of settling for the choices in RTW.

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  9. hi Tilly - love your MMJ outfits! Your blog was one of the ones that actually inspired me to start sewing my own clothes.

    I've been following MMJ from the sidelines, and have been really inspired by all. I like to think that perhaps this time next year, I'll be in a position to take part (but I need to increase my productivity quite a bit - I'm pretty slow).

    But what I have learned, is that I need to think more about the basics and every-day pieces. I love floaty floral dresses, but I have little need for them on a day-to-day basis (particularly in dull and damp British summers!). So I've revised my sewing strategy. (But I might still sew a couple of floral frocks - who knows, we might yet have a heat wave!) x

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  10. Lovely outfits - what a great make for first dress too. I've been stringing out my me-mades so I haven't yet worn the same homemade item twice. However that is much helped by the poor weather, so I've been able to wear my knitted items!

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  11. I really like the dress, Tilly! I think in the cooler weather (or now, even) you could pair this with some coloured tights and a necklace to match - maybe purple to pick up the flowers or even green. Heck, I think even a splash of red would look good here!

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  12. First let me say that your hair looks gorgeous in that last photo. As for MMJ, yeah, I'm starting to repeat myself also. I have two projects in progress that I hope I can finish soon, just to give myself some more me-made options for the end of the month. :)

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  13. love your dress!! gosh i really want to make myself a dress or skirt or two now.... been putting it off!

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  14. I'm not participating in MMJune but it's really inspiring me to think about sewing more pieces that work into my wardrobe instead of just heaps of pretty dresses. I love you beignets and I've finally gotten off my butt and on to making some! Hopefully, I'll finish the first one today!

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  15. Wow, what an amazing challenge! I wish I had known about MMJ sooner :) Maybe I can jump in halfway? You are so talented! I adore that red skirt and bow belt!!

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  16. HI Tilly, I've loved taking part in MMJ so far. I've definitely recognised a few gaps in my wardrobe that I need to fill such as more trousers and a black skirt! All boring but so useful. I love your very first dress - your hair looks great in that pic too. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the month. x

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  17. I love your first dress and even though you aren't so fond of it, I adore your pencil skirt! Gah! I'm going to be sewing a few of these up myself really soon! Love the self-drafted T as well. How fabulous! I'm just getting the self drafting bug myself and am determined to have at least have all the basic slopers done this year. Your Me Made June is lovely! Gorgeous! xoxo, Sunni

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  18. Your "first dress" is gorgeous. I love everything about it from the silohette to the fabric. Just lovely!

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  19. I absolutely love the fabric of your first dress, it was actually that dress that inspired me to get back into sewing!

    My, don't you have a lot of CDs!

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  20. You seem like your having so much fun and it's inspired me to try and get enough hand made garments to join in a made-me month. I don't have enough yet but someday soon.

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  21. I love your outfits. You look so put-together.

    I'm struggling a little with MMJ. I think some of it is laziness/running lateness. I've been wearing handmade pajamas a lot though, and accessories. Just haven't had anyone getting pictures of me. I'll get around to at least recreating it for my blog.

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  22. Claire - thanks! It's McCalls 2401. Very easy!

    Roisin - purple and green are good ideas. Thanks!

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